The love story of Nick and Amy is definitely one that is memorable, if anything else.
After too long of delaying reading Gone Girl, and the hype that surrounded the dark, gritty, messed up movie release over a year ago, I decided that it was finally succumb to the pressure, and give the acclaimed novel a read. Strangely, it feels like it has been a while since I have read a really great novel full of twists and turns, unpredictability, and intrigue.
Gone Girl got that done for me.
This is a really strong, and really entertaining, if not twisted, read. It was so well done in the way that the narrative completely shifts part way through the novel, once the second diary becomes the primary way for Amy to tell her side of the story (I will avoid spoilers, for the 3 people left who haven’t read the book or seen the film).
The story itself begins fairly simply. Nick and Amy were forced to move back to the Midwest after both losing their jobs in New York. Despite Amy coming from money, they were falling on hard times, and Nick made ends meet with his business, The Bar, while Amy struggled with adapting to the small town lifestyle. One day, Amy disappears, and the search is on. Nick, being the husband in a troubled marriage, becomes the primary suspect in her disappearance, and must spend the first half of the novel defending himself as the evidence of his guilt piles up.
One of the strongest elements of Gone Girl, is that both of the main characters are of questionable moral values. Are either one of them good people? Can either one be considered as the hero of this story? At the end of it, looking back over the pages of the novel, and the misdeeds they purported onto one another, I had to ask who I was actually cheering for. Was I Team Nick, or Team Amy? They are both deeply flawed characters, and irredeemable in their actions. It makes for an even more interesting tale, because in one way or another, they have failed themselves, and each other, and sometimes people like that just deserve to be together, in the misery of one another’s lives.
I am curious to see the film version of Gone Girl, simply because it reads like it would make a great movie, and I am interested to see how they pull off the narrative switch halfway through the story. Because it gets pretty wild. While we, as intelligent readers, always sort of know that Nick is innocent, despite his lies and behavior that indicates the opposite, especially given that it looks like he will be locked up and there remains a couple of hundred pages of story left. We know that there has to be more, and author Gillian Flynn definitely takes us on that ride.
There really are two sides to every story, and Gone Girl demonstrates that so incredibly well. This book is fun to read, and Flynn definitely creates the suspense within the narrative and within the characters that makes us keep turning the pages for the further surprises to come.