Gillian Flynn’ psychological thriller, Gone Girl, is (as is most often the case in this genre) an exercise in determining what is real and what is not. The author, via chapters with alternating viewpoints of he said she said, walks you through the thoughts of two people from the time they first met to a time where their 5 year old marriage is in trouble. Can it be that the“Amazing Amy”, as she is referred to in her parent’s somewhat fictional books, is not so amazing anymore? Or is it her husband, Nick’s fault that they are facing such trying times at this point in their marriage?
One day Amy is missing, the scene appears to have been purposefully staged, and her husband (as is often the case) is the prime suspect. As you are reading, you are obsessively questioning what is really going on, who to believe, and if in fact her husband actually was involved in her murder. The author quite shrewdly takes you on a ride with your belief system, constantly shifting you back and forth. Evidence of manipulation, extraordinary intelligence, premeditation, adultery and deceit as well as serious mental illness is all in the mix.
This book is creatively witty and clever and a true page turner. As is true of a good psychological thriller, it spooked the hell out of me!