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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Reader 76 in the Dying Art of Reading series: ...

Everybody is reading G. Flynn’s Gone Girl.

(Remember The DaVinci Code? Remember the Potter books? I’m a poor tracker of phenoms, but wouldn’t be surprised if Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn becomes one.  There’s absolutely nothing not to like.)

Amy looooooves Nick. She writes all about him in her diary.  Today marks five years of wedded bliss.

Nick’s a writer.  He wrote for a slick New York magazine until the economy went bust in ’08 and print media got kicked to the curb.  Now the Dunnes have moved back to Nick’s hometown.   Nick works as a barkeep and works on a novel on the side.

Amy is a writer, too.  Or was.  It’s OK.  You can use the past tense.  She won’t get uptight.  She wrote relationship quizzes for magazines.  You know the ones.

Over a candle-lit lobster dinner at your favorite restaurant your guy says he’s found someone else.  You: A. express your enthusiasm that he’s found a new love, peck him on the cheek and celebrate with another bottle of wine.  B. borrow his cell phone so you can call the new lady love and congratulate her.  C. ask his permission to call the new lady love then send her a nasty text instead.  D. Order another bottle of wine, but try to get him drunk so you can seduce him later, which you make sure to film and forward to the new lady.

Did I mention Amy’s parents, Rand and Marybeth? They’re absolutely adorable. They still hold hands at parties.  They’re the geniuses behind the best-selling Amazing Amy series.  They wrote the first one when Amy was barely out of Pampers. Readers have gobbled up the Amazing Amy books.  They’ve followed her winningly navigate childhood, teen, and finally young adult troubles.  Present Amazing Amy with a moral conundrum and rest assured she’ll make the right choice.

And real life Amy knows what’s wisest and best, too.

Amy’s life hasn’t been all roses, though.  Face it: when you’re America’s sweetheart, you’re a bit vulnerable.  You’re bound to attract some misfits and stalker types.

Since the move, Amy’s fine staying home being a housewife.  She’s an uncomplicated gal.  A husband and a family of her own—that’s enough.  She isn’t going to guilt trip Nick into spending every hour with her.  She’s secure about herself and secure about their relationship.

Did I mention how Nick’s youth wasn’t as rosy as Amy’s? His dad was kind of misogynist.  His parents split up and his mom sold shoes at the mall.  She worked there until the mall went bust in the 2000s.  Then she got the big C. Then she died.  And Nick’s dad has dementia.  But not so bad that it gets in the way of his misogyny.  Fingers crossed that none of this family stuff has made Nick bitter or maladjusted.

Did I mention that Amy’s gone missing? Vanished.  Left behind her car keys and ID; didn’t even take a change of clothes.  The living room furniture was all overturned, but it looks staged somehow.  Also, gobs of blood got spilled in the kitchen—Amy’s blood—and someone did a poor cleanup job.  And the neighbor heard Amy and Nick arguing the night before.

Nick says he doesn’t have a clue what happened.  He says he went to the beach the morning Amy disappeared, but no one saw him.

The twists and turns have only begun.  If you loved The Talented Mr. Ripley, if you love watching Don Draper, you’ll love Gone Girl.


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One thought on “Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

  1. Hi Kathy,
    Thanks for a well-written review. It sounds like an intriguing book. I don’t know why I haven’t received e-mail notifications of your posts. I don’t always get to FB, so I don’t always know when you post. I will try to sign up for e-mail notification again. Happy birthday!


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