Yes I do promise you this, but whether it blows your mind in a good or bad way, that’s clearly up to you and your own perception about relationships (or should I say “toxic relationships”). For me, Gone Girl is probably the most thrilling, horrifying (yet satisfying) roller-coaster ride I’ve taken in AGES!
I finished this book last night (around 3 am), and after reading the last page, I got a excruciatingly painful headache and I started smiling to myself. I was profoundly BLOWN AWAY by the sheer genius of Ms. Flynn. Yes, there are many people who absolutely hate the ending, they are disgusted by it. But I on the other hand don’t like conventional endings. This book had the most unconventional epilogue a psychological thriller could have.
What’s It About?
Excerpt taken from “Goodreads”:
“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 from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors 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 behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter–but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife?”
What’s My Take On It?
In plain and simple words, this is a story of the marriage of a narcissist and a psychopath. Written from the first-person perspectives of both Nick and Amy, this book will make you question your own relationship with your husband/wife/significant other. Before I move forward, lemme just say that every person in the world has their own perception about good, healthy, beautiful relationships; and also of toxic, destructive and wretched relationships. Even if you haven’t actually experienced such relationships (like me), you still have an idea, an insight about them. Gillian Flynn has wrote Gone Girl in the exact same ditto point of view that I hold about relationships, both good and bad ones. Maybe that’s why I’m one of the people who just LOVED the ending (also the rest of each and every page of the whole novel).
I began from liking Nick, to disliking him, then loathing him, then be extremely disgusted by him, then pity him and in the end just feel sorry for him. For Amy, I began from liking her, to feel sorry for her, then sympathize with her, then suddenly feel afraid of her, then feel amazed by her and in the end just feel sorry for her too but still give her a thumbs up (You Go Girl) 😀
Please, don’t take this the wrong way, please do not think I can relate to Amy. I know that Amy was a sociopath, whose brain was so highly and intensely wired (24/7) that it can drive anyone insane, and the extremes to which she went to destroy her husband by framing him for her “murder” was utterly baffling, BUT a real man NEVER and I mean NEVER EVER cheats on his wife. No matter what. If Nick took the easy way out, cheat on his wife for over a year, rather than facing his problems and trying to fight for his relationship, then that Class A jerk deserved every last bit of what Amy did to him. Cheating/disloyalty is the top most unforgivable sin in my book. But that’s just me, other people might think differently.
But hey, wait, no this wasn’t just a revenge story. This book ACTUALLY teaches you how to fix your relationship; how to not drive each other those extremes where you want to just kill each other. From the mistakes Nick and Amy both made, we (the readers) discover tips for couples on how to be more understanding towards each other, how to not drive the other person insane, how to work for your relationship, how to never give up and never take the easy way out.
In the end both Amy and Nick turn out to be the (sort of) winners, because both of them start working on their marriage (either by fear or force) 😀 I understand why some people hated the ending. They wanted the textbook ending of “that b**ch of a wife does not deserve to come back and live happily with Nick; she deserves to be punished for her actions; she must go to jail” etc. But come on people, what’s the joy in that ending? Nick learned his lesson, he’ll be a much better husband from now on, and if he’s a better husband, Amy will also try her best to be a better wife. Yes, their will always be the impending tension of Amy actually killing Nick someday on one of his screwups, but that won’t happen, ever. They both will eventually start to ACTUALLY love each other without the fear of the spouse killing you/sending you to jail. As Amy would say:
“Because you can’t be as in love as we were and not have it invade your bone marrow. Our kind of love can go into remission, but it’s always waiting to return. Like the world’s sweetest cancer.”
By the way, the Gone Girl movie adaptation is coming out this year on October 3rd, directed by David Fincher (one of my most absolute favorite directors of all time, YES he will do justice to the book I’m sure), and will star Ben Affleck as Nick and Rosamund Pike as Amy.
For those people who hated the ending of the book are in for a treat because rumors have it that the movie will probably have a different ending then the book. I understand why Gillian and David would make this decision. A majority of big screen viewers just “won’t get” or “won’t accept” the ending the book had. Well I on the other hand am waiting desperately for the movie to come out. David Fincher never disappoints 🙂 but no matter what ending he and Gillian give it, I’ll stick to the one given in the novel. 😉 It’s just too good and righteous 😀
My Final Rating for “Gone Girl” – 9.5 out of 10