Amy and Nick’s marriage starts out sounding like a fairy tale come true. Both beautiful and successful, they meet at a party in New York City, fall in love, get married and live in a beautiful brownstone bought with money from Amy’s parents. When they lose their money and their jobs, and have to move back to Nick’s hometown in Missouri to help care for his dying mother and aging father, it seems like things couldn’t get worse. Unfortunately, things are about to get a lot worse…
On their fifth wedding anniversary Amy disappears. As more and more evidence is revealed, the tide of popular opinion turns against Nick and he is soon the sole suspect in his wife’s disappearance. What was really going on in their marriage? What really happened to Amy? Did Nick kill her? Is he capable of killing her? Unfortunately, it’s hard to say much more about the book without spoiling it for anyone who hasn’t read it yet!
Gone Girl is brilliantly written with gripping language, often darkly humorous. There were spots in the middle of the book where I was unsure if I really liked it, the characters were getting on my nerves and I just wanted it to be over. The book has gotten a lot of positive reviews and press over the past year, so maybe my expectations were too high, or maybe my week was just too crazy and chaotic and my heart wasn’t in it. Whatever the reason, by the end of the book I was thoroughly enthralled again, anxious to get to an ending that may or may not have been what I was hoping for…
Did you read Gone Girl? What did you think of Nick and Amy? Did you think it lived up to the hype? Were you satisfied with the way that it ended? Let me know what you thought!
Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publication: Crown, June 2012