Monday, June 4, 2012
Author: Gillian Flynn
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (Random House)
Pub. Date: June 5, 2012
Wow! I decided to read this after hearing some early buzz about how great and twisted it is and am so glad I did it. Gone Girl was crazy in all types of ways. It started off fairly basic enough (in terms of mystery/thrillers). Nick Dunne's wife, Amy, disappears on the their fifth wedding anniversary. When Nick gets home, he sees the living room a mess and the furniture overturned. As the investigation progresses, the evidence against Nick begins piling up. Nick fails to have an alibi; and though he could provide them with some more information, Nick finds himself lying and/or omitting information as well which adds to the presumption of guilt. Further hurting Nick's case is the fact that his and Amy's marriage hasn't been the best and rather than a day of celebration, the day is more of a tense evaluation for them of where their marriage is headed.
The story alternates Nick's present day narration of the investigation with Amy's diary entries from the time they meet up until she disappears. Amy's diary entries chronicle a marriage that was falling apart and that may provide some clues into what's happened to her. In the meantime, the public and the media vilify Nick, camping out in his yard and and at his work. They judge his every move and his every facial expression at the press conferences.
I don't very often find myself having to be vague about the plot or themes, but this is truly one of those books that I can't fill you in on much. What I can say is that it's crazy, and when you think it's crazy enough, it becomes a whole 'nother kind of crazy. There are some themes in here even though it is a mystery and a thriller of sorts, one of the prominent ones being marriage and what challenges can quickly abound. It's also a testament to how our backgrounds can shape who we become or who we choose to become. It's insane and un-put-downable. This is a MUST read!!