I read Gone Girl solely because of its popularity and it didn’t disappoint! The book tells the story of Nick and Amy Dunne, a young married couple, whose marriage seems to be going well but, of course, suffers from many small cracks. As their anniversary approaches, Amy mysteriously disappears and Nick finds his home in shambles: evidence of an intruder, a struggle, and a possible murder. As Nick struggles to find his wife, he is also burdened by the fact that he is a prime suspect in the disappearance and possible murder of his wife.
Gillian Flynn does a fantastic job in this novel of using both Nick’s and Amy’s voice as narrator. As the story unfolds, the reader is privy to both Nick and Amy’s internal thoughts, struggles, and motives. As I was reading the book, I found myself identifying with both characters, which only adds to the suspense of the plot because these characters are at odds and yet the reader doesn’t know whose side to be on.
I don’t want to create any spoilers around this book (because I definitely think you should read it for yourself) but, like many readers, I can’t decide if I am satisfied by the ending, which is left incredibly–and purposefully–open by Flynn, who has claimed that the ending she provides for her readers is the only plausible ending she could imagine if the characters were truly being honest with themselves and with their situation. I don’t believe that there will be a sequel to this novel, so if you find yourself feeling extremely frustrated by open endings then steer clear of Gone Girl. However, the ending is the only thing that readers seem to be on the fence about; besides that, it is a wonderfully engaging and thrilling novel. Definitely looking forward to reading more of Flynn’s work!