Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Gone Girl: secrets and lies

Gone Girl is a 2012 best seller by Gillian Flynn which was turned into a 2014 film starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry. The book explores to the two sides to every story. Told in three parts, the story gives the present day events as well as flashback leading to the present as told in Amy’s diary.

Nick Dunne wakes on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary and soon discovers that his wife, Amy, is missing. He finds the house ransacked and chores left in process of being completed. He calls the cops and waits for them. When the cops arrive, they find his behavior suspicious as he doesn’t try to contact any of their friends or family looking for his wife. Through Amy’s diary entries, we see how they met and their early marriage in New York City until layoffs and family illness takes them to Nick’s hometown in Missouri. Nick soon discovers blue envelopes with clues written by Amy, at first he thinks it’s some sort of romantic anniversary scavenger hunt but as the evidence mounts against Nick, he realizes that something more sinister is at work. Did Nick kill Amy? Where did she go? Is someone playing a sick game of cat and mouse? Will Amy ever return home?

Gone Girl is definitely a different story of who done it. As the book progresses, I started to question Nick’s innocence then I didn't then back and forward. When the truth behind Amy’s disappearance is revealed it was a big shock! It had a nice twist which left me feeling sad and angry at Nick and Amy at the same time. It is a story about secrets, lies and revenge. I can’t really reveal too much for those who haven’t read it. I would ruin the shocking twist. However, I highly recommend Gone Girl for those who love a mystery which leave you turning the pages to discover the truth. I am also looking forward to seeing the film to see have it compares to the book.