GILLIAN FLYNN – GONE GIRL
Length – 434 Pages
Genre – Thrillers and Suspense. Crime
“Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool girl. Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth like she’s hosting the world’s biggest culinary gang bang while somehow maintaining a size 2, because Cool Girls are above all hot. Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, shit on me, I don’t mind, I’m the Cool Girl.”
Marriage can be a real killer.
On the day of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick’s wife Amy disappears. There are signs of struggle in the house and Nick quickly becomes the prime suspect. It doesn’t help that Nick hasn’t been completely honest with the police and, as Amy’s case drags out for weeks, more and more vilifying evidence appears against him. Passages from Amy’s diary reveal the state of their tumultuous marriage as well as an alpha-girl perfectionist. Under mounting pressure from the police, media and Amy’s parents, Nick parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. However, with the support of his twin sister Margo, he maintains his innocence.
Gone Girl explores themes of dishonesty, the tricky nature of media representation, and the psychology and dynamics of marriage. In writing the book, Flynn wanted to examine how people within a marriage lie to each other: “Marriage is sort of like a long con, because you put on display your very best self during courtship, yet at the same time the person you marry is supposed to love you warts and all. But your spouse never sees those warts really until you get deeper into the marriage and let yourself unwind a bit.”
Told from alternating points of view between Nick and Amy, Flynn creates an untrustworthy world that changes chapter-to-chapter. Calling Gone Girl a psychological thriller is an understatement. Flynn’s ability to reach into the deep, dark recesses of the human psyche brings a much greater edge and feeling of suspense to this novel.
Gone Girl is a fast-paced and surprising page-turner.
Written by Celine Margaret