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 from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. 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?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
~Synopsis from Goodreads.
If I start listing out the awards won by this book, my post will take so many lines…So I will just mention that this books won the Goodreads Choice for Best Mystery & Thriller Award in 2012. Guess that sums up the popularity of this book.
I picked this book as my birthday present to myself while roaming around Crossword stores in Indiranagar and then kept it somewhere on the shelf. I was little skeptical about this book since I had heard a wide range of both good and bad things about this book.
First of all, I salute Gillian Flynn for such a great attempt to write a thriller which can be called as a psychological thriller in the sense that it screws up your mind when you are done with the book.
Imagine a situation where the husband and wife know each other too well that either of them can predict what the other half is going to do in a given situation and that too in multiple circumstances. You may call the couple soul mates, but if they can cause harm to each other by this kind of indepth knowledge, what do you call them?
Gone Girl is an attempt to show the darker side of two minds entwined together in the complex relationship called marriage. When I mean the darker side, it does not necessarily mean dark thoughts or harmful actions, but just the manipulative power one has on the other which each one of us are guilty of if we examine our relationships.
I cannot tell any more thoughts about this book without revealing the plot. So I will just leave the review saying that “You should read it“. You may not like it, you may hate it or you may love it. Whatever be it, read it completely. It is worth your time…
Yea, I did not like the ending much…but that was not important.
Now a question to my fellow readers. Did you people feel a small similarity in theme with Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier? That book had me hooked from the first sentence !!!
Source: Personal Copy
First Release: 2012