Gone Girl: A Myriad of Twists and Turns


Amy Monzon, Editor

Gillian Flynn’s mystery novel, “Gone Girl” seemingly chronicles what is yet another deteriorating marriage due to financial issues, something readers across all ages may be familiar with. Yet under that familiar theme lies a much more horrid truth.

“Gone Girl” begins with Nick Dunne, husband to titular character Amy Elliot Dunne, recounting the last minutes he spends with his wife before her unexplained disappearance. Soon he finds himself in a whirlwind of trouble, blamed for his wife’s murder. However, in an interesting narrative viewpoint, Nick’s point of view alternates with that of his missing wife, as she recounts their marriage before their financial woes began. The reader soons finds out that neither narrator is reliable, as we discover Nick’s infidelity, Amy’s past as a seemingly sociopathic monster, and the notion that Amy is alive and had orchestrated this entire ordeal.

The book leaves one grasping at straws, trying to find a innocent soul in the book to root for, without much luck. During the second part of the book, what Amy calls her “true self” is revealed. She is ruthless in her endeavour to make Nick suffer for his infidelity, going to great lengths and manipulating a whole town, all to simply appease her loathing of her husband. Nick catches on to her and begins to plan a charade to lure her back in and expose her wrong doings. Amy seems to bite the bait, and returns to town, knowing she nor her husband can reveal what the truth was, and both begrudgingly agree to stay together.

“Gone Girl” truly is a myriad of twists and turns, exceptional in its ability to confuse the reader, and to have them constantly checking their moral compass. It certainly is worth a read.