Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

Marriage is scary business. If you go by Gillian Flynn’s story, you might want to stay single for a while.

So you think you know your spouse, now do you? Do you REALLY?

This is the question you will ask yourself after reading Gone Girl. Gone Girl is a story (SO NOT A LOVE STORY!) about a married couple; Nick and Amy Dunne. Lovely couple (hehe, you think!). The two were madly in love once and their love was the very nice, sweet kind of love. The fairy tale kind. The kind where the two understood each other so well. The kind where the two had so much fun with each other. Where they completed each other’s sentences. Where they celebrated their wedding anniversary every year. Where they laughed, had good sex and shared inside jokes. Where they supported each other enough to move town in order to take care for Nick’s ailing parents.

It was all good. Then they go through a rough patch. Amy disappears (mysteriously) on their fifth anniversary. During this period, the true nature of their characters is revealed and boy, it is not (absolutely, definitely, exceedingly NOT) pretty.

The story is told by both Nick and Amy (I tip my hat to Gillian Flynn for doing this so splendidly – It’s never easy writing from the point of view of two (in fact three) different characters, much less a male and a female. Gillian got skills yo!) Just when you think you know the couple in and out, what they are all about, you realize that you dear reader, do not know shit!

I turned the pages successively while reading this book. I fell asleep with the book on my pillow on many occasions. I lost considerable hours of beauty sleep because of it. Towards the end, I sought this quiet place where I sat alone, under the shade of a tree. With streams of sunlight filtering through the branches, I read Gone Girl to the end.

Then I tossed it to the ground.

Gillian, are you for real? That was it?

The ending really pissed me off! And this is not just me and my ‘few books end well’ theory. No. This book ends in an annoying way. Read it and tell me you don’t feel the same way.

I took a few minutes to recollect myself. Picked the book up from the ground, turned it back and forth as I tried to make sense of the story I had just read.

Ok. You always read stories where there is a villain and a hero right? There is some struggle between good and evil… protagonist and antagonist? In the end, the hero overcomes all and the villain gets what’s coming to them? Good wins over evil? Protagonist triumphs and antagonist goes to hell?  Well, I think I am too used to this kind of stories because Gone Girl is NOT THAT KIND OF STORY.

Gillian as a writer, a storyteller, is no joke. She is good. She is very good. And maybe there is a reason the book ends the way it does. Maybe she wanted to steer off the gagging ‘happily-ever-after’ to instead try out a “miserably-ever-after’ angle. She is true to her story. And as I think about it more, I keep asking myself; realistically, how many couples today live the way Amy and Nick Dunne live?

Maybe, just maybe, that is what some marriages are; a sick twisted life of convenience, manipulation and loveless cohabitation?

Are they?

I rate Gone Girl at 4.2 out of 5

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7 thoughts on “Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

  1. Hihihiii
    Loving the review and laughing at you at the same time. Cross over and join the club – twisted endings is the new black 🙂
    Totally loved this book because it messed up my mind. To believe one thing then dang! the truth is unveiled. As for the ending, picture me waving a placard “We want (nay).. We NEED a sequel”

    1. It messes you up alright. So much that you expect a major showdown in the end. You are even sure of it. Then it doesn’t come. I need me that placard too!

    1. Read it, read it, read it! Forget the movie (which I haven’t watched by the way 🙂 )
      Do you know why people almost always hate movies that are based on books? Because there is always something that the writer brings to the story that can never be captured in film. You are missing out on Flynn – READ IT!

          1. So as not to leak any spoilers, let me just say that the plot twist isn’t as confounding in the movie as it is in the book.

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