Gone Girl is a dark and twisted story that pulls apart the marriage of two minds, Nick and Amy Dunne. It is a narrative centred around deception and doubt that re-stages marriage as a bitter and violent crime. Consciously, Gone Girl takes the intrinsic concerns of any relationship (infidelity, money, family and parenthood) and poisons them. It raises questions about the media as the arbitrator and addresses the inner-workings of human psychology and interaction.
The novel follows Nick and Amy from New York to Missouri. It opens on their fifth wedding anniversary, the day of the disappearance. Predictably, all fingers point to the husband and his narrative begins to paint him as the antagonist. As each part of the novel unfolds, affinities divide and questions are raised about each side of the story and what it is that happened to ‘Amazing Amy’.
Deftly written with ominous twists woven into such an intricate plot, Gone Girl confidently oscillates between past and present. Notably, the story evokes shifting sympathies between the duelling voices of the protagonists. Whilst pernicious Amy and hard-done-by Nick are far from likeable Gillian Flynn manages to create moments of deep frustration and empathy for the characters.