Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)

On Tuesday 12th February, 2013 we discussed Gillian Flynn‘s third novel, Gone Girl.  Reactions to this book were mixed with one member of the group not wanting to
finish the book because the characters were so unappealing, and others amongst us, whilst they agreed with that point of view to some extent, did get into the story much more.  The story is told from the perspectives of husband and wife Nick and Amy Dunne, and how they perceive their relationship to have broken down after a five-year marriage.  Each has a very different view of how they got together and what went wrong.   It starts with Nick describing what happens when Amy disappears and how this affects him, Amy’s story is told through her diary over the course of their relationship from its beginning.  At first I found myself not caring too much for Amy who seems self-obsessed and completely superficial but liking Nick, who appears charming and attractive in personality as well as looks.  After a while, my views were reversed when I reached the part when Amy is on the run after going missing, and I’m at the point in the book now where I’m really unsure as to how the story is going to end, as any number of events could occur!  I must read on to the end…  This novel is Gillian Flynn’s third novel and is widely acclaimed with some great reviews (eg, http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/may/20/gillian-flynn-gone-girl-review ).  If you haven’t read it, give it a go and let me know what you think. It is rumoured that David Fincher, Director of the film adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, will be directing a film version of Gone Girl, I’ll let you know when it happens and perhaps we can go and see it…

gone girl