Nick Dunne is (sort of) happily married to Amy but then on their five year anniversary he comes home to find the house trashed and Amy gone. Soon he along with family and the police are trying to find out what has happened to Amy, however it’s not long before the suspicion falls onto Nick – as it is always the husband that kills the wife.
Gone Girl starts off slow and sort of predictable as there are all the usual tropes you expect to find with crime scenes and police investigations thanks to the influx of cop shows we’ve all watched. However, it soon starts turning the tropes on their head and there are twists and turns that you don’t suspect that causes Gone Girl to become incredibly tense and thrilling.
The story is told from two perspectives. There’s Nick and what’s happening in the present as he goes about his day before finding Amy missing and then the following police search. And then there’s Amy’s story which is told in the form of diary entries from when she first met Nick seven years ago. It’s fascinating seeing the correlation between Amy’s diary entries and Nick’s memories of those events.
The thing I found most interesting about Gone Girl is the fact that Nick is an unreliable narrator and you don’t know whether or not to trust him. I don’t think I’ve read anything from an unreliable narrator before and it’s a very unsettling experience and really adds some tension to the story. There’s a line that really surprised me (it’s the last line on page 42) and that’s when I knew that this book was going to be interesting. That being said there’s a point about half way through when suddenly the story shifts and I was just reading in shock and my brain couldn’t really comprehend where this story was now going. But that was great! Don’t think I’ve been that surprised by a plot development in ages.
Both Nick and Amy are fascinating yet somewhat unlikable characters in some respects and as you see both their sides of the story there are things that don’t match up and you’re not sure who to believe. The ending was completely unexpected but at the same time it suited the characters and the story almost perfectly.
I can’t recommend Gone Girl enough and it’s definitely a story you can’t stop thinking about. The movie also looks brilliant and say what you want about Ben Affleck as Batman but I think he’s going to be an amazing Nick Dunne. While Gone Girl is a bit slow to start it is incredible with all its twists and turns and thoroughly deserves 5/5.