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Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication Date: 2012
Summary: On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media — as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents — the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter — but is he really a killer?
Warning: This book review contains spoilers.
Happy Wife, Happy Life
Nick Dunne could have saved himself a lot of trouble if he would have just repeated this mantra to himself every morning in the mirror. If he would have continued to be the man Amy fell in love with and agreed to married, then he wouldn’t have been framed for murder. If Nick hadn’t cheated on Amy with Andie, then he wouldn’t have been framed for murder. If NIck had just solved one of those freaking anniversary treasure hunts and given Amy the perfect anniversary gift, then he wouldn’t have been framed for murder. If Nick hadn’t used the last of Amy’s trust fund to open a bar with Go, then he wouldn’t have been framed for murder. If Nick had loved Real Amy as much as he loved Cool Girl Amy, then he wouldn’t have been framed for murder. If Nick hadn’t insisted on moving back to Missouri to help Go care for his ill and aging parents, then he wouldn’t have been framed for murder. Basically, everything that happens is Nick’s fault, and he is the worst husband in the world because he didn’t do exactly what Amy wanted. JK y’all…unless you agree.
Like the End or Nah?
It’s been about 4 years since I read Gone Girl for the first time. And this was a good story to read again after some time has passed because I remembered the major plot points, but not all of the details that make the book so delicious. Even the ending was more satisfying this time around. First time it seemed to come too quickly…Nick, Amy and baby live “happily” ever after…THE END. This time around I concluded that “happily” ever after is actually punishment for two unlikable characters who were meant for each other. Sure Amy gets to show off her AMAZING writing skills and replenish her trust fund by writing a memoir, but she also has to become a mother…an experience she considered beneath her. And of course Good Guy Nick gets to prove to himself and the world that he’s a better man than his father by loving his baby boy…but he also has to spend the rest of his life being “on”…keep pleasing your wife to her standard or suffer the consequences.
I enjoyed the book, even with this being my second reading. I knew Nick was being set up by Amy. I knew Diary Amy was a fictitious character. But I was still siding with either Nick or Amy each time I read their side of the story. I guess my approval is easily malleable by good storytelling.
The Final Grade
Page Turner: I could not put this book down, but it would not be a go to re-read for me.
So…did you love or hate the book? Do you think Amy and Nick should have stayed together in the end? Are you upset that Amy was able to get away with murder? What do you think Nick and Amy should name Baby Boy Dunne? Do you want to know how Nick, Amy, and Baby Boy Dunne are fairing 20 years later?! Let us know in the comments! |RL
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