BOOK OF THE DAY:
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
To say Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl delivers is an understatement; it punches you in the gut, and gives you a hand to get up, only to punch and deceive you all over again. This becomes a cyclical affair between the reader and the novel. It is an intellectually engaging addiction. Gone Girl has the rare combination of pure entertainment intertwined with literature, which is why we are not surprised that it is has become this season’s biggest blockbuster. Although film aids us in visualizing, it fails to capture the true essence and delightfully crafted details of Flynn’s intricate, twisted plot. We promise there are no spoilers ahead.
Flynn’s story begins on a warm summer morning in North Cartahge, Missouri. On the day of Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding, Amy mysteriously disappears. To make matters worse the Dunne’s marriage has been falling apart in pieces for years. Amy has been unhappy for a long time, and the beautiful, witty wife proves to be everything but sweet.
On the day of her disappearance, police cars flood the Dunne home. Nick is severely questioned and held as a suspect. The case becomes a national media affair and the pressure to find a suspect is overwhelming. His reputation as the town’s golden boy shatters. Engaged in inappropriate behavior, lies, deceit and a vague predisposition makes Nick into the number one suspect. Nevertheless, Nick preserves his innocence.
We discover through Flynn’s prose how manipulating both Nick and Amy are. Amy’s diary takes a spot as one of the most important pieces of evidence in the story. It reveals the true nature of her personality: she is witty, but capricious and immature. Her diary unfolds the deterioration of their romantic relationship. As the reader, we desperately want to believe in Nick’s innocence as the loving husband. They were the perfect charming, golden couple, true soul mates to the core of the cliche. They complete each other and still do until the very last lie. They are cruel, sharp, witty, but most importantly, terrifyingly manipulative. Of course one of them is the lesser of two evils, which is kept in the dark until the end.
"We weren’t ourselves when we fell in love, and when we became ourselves – surprise! – we were poison. We complete each other in the nastiest, ugliest possible way.”
Narrated in alternating point of views, nothing is left unfinished and Flynn proves herself to be a master in writing suspense: she keeps you guessing. The moment you believe you have it figured out is the moment you lose. Never has a marital strife taken such an unclear, dark path. The truth is fuzzy; it doesn’t exist. Flynn is an evil genius. She has fabricated well-ornated attractive puppets with dark stuffing. Traditionally filled with cotton, Flynn’s puppets are filled with needles, razors and misery. Her prose is concise and cutting edge. The themes of marriage, manipulation, deceit and reality compliment each other in the most bittersweet inferno. The complexity of Flynn’s Gone Girl pushes her to the top of the list as one of the most chilling and clever writers in suspense.
Gone Girl is easy to read, but its complexity is found in its characters’ psychological nature, layers of themes, and vital details. Pay attention, everything has a purpose. There are no lose ends. With such a labyrinthine of information and plot twisting events, nothing feels undeveloped about Flynn’s story. The deconstruction of love is borderline perverse and uniquely told.
Pick up the novel we guarantee reading it provides much pleasure than watching the film. The film gives you instant gratification, but reading, familiarizes you with every aspect of Amy and Nick’s world. Its pleasure is longer endured.
Read excerpts from the novel here! Get the book here!
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