Part of the joy of blogging is the recommendations offered by my fellow book bloggers. Today’s book, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is the perfect example of how these recommendations cause overwhelming delight while simultaneously ruining my life. I picked up Gone Girl in a quaint little bookstore in Halifax in an effort to kill some time while my hubby finished up with his conference at Dalhousie. Yup, I killed some time alright; this is a book you will not want to put down!
The story centers on the marriage of Amy and Nick. Amazing Amy has the perfect life with wealthy parents who create their perfect daughter, who lives what appears to be the perfect life. She is the "cool girl". She meets her match in Nick, sharing their love or writing, quirky inside jokes, one-liners, and silly mannerisms. They have it all. It’s romantic, right? But when they both lose their jobs as writers in New York City and move to Missouri to take care of Nick’s ailing parents, things change. The last semblance of a happy life ends when Amy disappears and Nick becomes the primary suspect.
Flynn switches between Nick’s point of view and Amy’s diary entries. The ease in which Flynn encompasses each character makes this transition much easier to navigate, so don’t be thrown off by this. Flynn also astutely massages the nuances that happen in characters and marriages as both the character and marriage mature over time. Her ability to create some complex and compelling characters is reason enough to read this book.
I’m not sure if Flynn was intending this novel to be a commentary on marriage or not, but certainly the dynamic between Nick and Amy generates ample discussion. What does it mean to love? Do you change who you are for love?
Without giving away the novel, I’ll leave you with this quote: “There’s a difference between really loving someone and loving the idea of her”.
Please, just read the book.
As an added note: the movie does a pretty good job of catching the essence of the book, so I’d recommend that too.