Gone Girl is a ‘romantic’ murder mystery, but under no circumstance should one file it under ‘just one of those stories’ category. It talks about the “protagonist” Nick Dunne, whose wife Amy goes missing on their fifth anniversary; and like any other murder mystery, the main suspect is Nick. The novel has been written in the form of journal entries and consists of both Nick’s and Amy’s points of view. The unusual and unique part of this story is that while innocent Nick makes us believe that Amy was a cold-hearted, twisted and demanding wife, Amy narrates incidents that show she was very understanding, and it was Nick who was the negligent and careless husband. We don’t know who to side with.
The author has expertly used the first person narration to his advantage. The lead characters cannot be trusted; it turns out both were lying through their journals. (WHO LIES TO THEIR READERS FOR HALF A BOOK?) . Nick, who had garnered our sympathy, has been cheating on Amy, while Amazing Amy too isn’t the damsel in distress she portrays herself to be- she faked her disappearance to get back at her normally submissive husband. The second half of the book leaves us readers in shock, as it shows how beautifully twisted romance can get. Both characters are not what they seem to be and it just goes on to show how tragic the realities of life really are.
Gone Girl is a chilling read about how not every couple gets the typical happy ending and how there is a MUCH different aspect to romance, marriage and responsibilities. If you thought you knew the extent to which people can go for ‘love’ and proprietary, read the book as it will question all that you know. And of course, there are those questions which need to be answered- Does Nick find Amy? Does she confront her cheating husband? Do they destroy each other’s lives? Or do they let bygones be bygone - because after all, they did love each other once upon a time!