Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, is about former journalist Nick Dunne and his missing wife, Amy. The main question it asks is: is Nick responsible?
Obviously I’m not going to spoil the book, but I will offer my thoughts on the layout and plot. Firstly, the dual narrative was clever. Flynn was able to write in two different ways that clearly separate the characters of Nick and Amy and make interesting reading.
As for what made me continue reading, it was down to the fact that the real events were held from us. Nick’s perspective skips around the key moments (more on the moments after) whilst Amy’s perspective is in the past. We only know what happens at the end.
But there were a few things that confused me. The first was some of the chapter endings. Some were brilliant, but some were borderline cliché. Now, I’m not sure whether this is deliberate to make us question the facts, but I was a little confused by this.
The other things occurred nearer the end (so I’ll be careful how I say it!). The first was that there are some questions I had about the book (including potential plot holes), but they were only answered near the end. I know that’s expected, but I lost a little but of belief in the story because of the delayed answer!
Also, I felt as though the book could have ended sooner. However, the book ends in a way which means this doesn’t matter that much…
Overall, I was questioning how much the book would be crime fiction. But I’ve come to realise that crime fiction needs something on the side to work (a good lesson learnt for a young crime writer like myself!). In this case, the exploration of Nick’s relationships with Go and Amy are a nice contrast between the deep, crime chapters.
I look forward to watching the film when it is released in October this year.