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4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

 

My Thoughts on Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

2.5 stars

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favours with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behaviour. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

I had heard so much about this book. Seeing the favourable reviews on the front page, I decided to give it a go.

The story has mature content in it and I probably wouldn’t recommend to teenagers. I read it anyway and here’s what I felt:

The plot looked juicy and out-of-this-world. It provides a fresh perspective to a seemingly-typical disappearance of a wife.

I have always been fascinated by the concept of unreliable narrator and that’s why I decided to try this one. Nick’s version is awkward and gawky (Comparing the colour of a car to a nail polish shade, really?). Maybe because I know it’s written by a woman, I can spot these glitches. But it’s Amy’s diary entries that successfully fool the reader.

Narratives are convincing in the beginning but later, to be frank, I felt they were sort-of over-the-top and overblown in an attempt to bamboozle everyone.

Characters are, forgive me, mental. Nick’s a typical broke living in Missouri- sporting a wife-cheating, hot journo persona. Amy portrays herself as the victim of a bad marriage with flying colours but has got an annoying methodical side which dangerously overshadows the story. Her parents are archetypical and exasperating. But Nick and Amy’s respective secret counterparts-Andie and Desi Collings are DUMB. Andie, Nick’s mistress, puts up a desperate act and she’s foolish enough to offer herself (read-her body) to Nick right after Amy disappears. And Desi. He is a classic white-knight, filthy-rich hot guy who has a thing for troubled women. He willingly takes Amy to his lake house-despite knowing that she got him suspended. His act looks like a last-ditch effort to save the story. Stupid. A sheep on the altar. Amy’s portrayal and the description of her pretending to be a ‘Cool Girl’ are tacky and nauseating. I couldn’t differentiate between Go and Boney. Gilpin is a plain cop. 

The writing is haywire and unclear.

Candidly I got tired of Amy-she is disturbed and disturbing. Her effort to win back her husband is sickening. I’ve kind of seen Amy’s twisted traits in a handful of people. Her attempt to teach Nick a lesson and suddenly reach out to him- puts her on top of my ‘Most Hated Characters’ list (just before Alaska Young). With my experience with bitchy women, I wouldn’t hesitate to murder Amy Dunne if she comes in front of me. She carefully plans everything-her vanishing act to Desi’s murder. She even gets pregnant with ‘careful planning’ (Nick’s semen samples, vinyl recliner and 90s porn movies? YUCK). Nick is her perfect foil and I felt they deserved each other. I felt if they had put the same effort in saving the marriage than destroying each other, things might have worked.

The reviews on the front page looked promising but I was disappointed. Either Amy’s obnoxious, insufferable narrative or the small font- left me with a headache.

Plot-

2.5/4 stars

Original and different and exciting but it soon got on my nerves.

Characters-

2/4 stars

Pretentious. Some are typical. Some are dumb. Nick was okay but Amy was unmanageable.

Style-

2.5/4 stars

Writing’s chaotic. Nick’s narrative get feminine touch which as I said before, I’m able to spot it because I’m aware it’s written by a woman. But Gillian Flynn does a good job with Amy’s POV even though it’s annoying.

Pace-

2/4 stars

It didn’t give me a page turner feel. I found the story moving slowly because of the unreliable narratives and numerous events.

 

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