If you’re looking for a sweet love story, don’t look here. “Gone Girl” is the story of a marriage gone wrong, characters you can’t trust and an author who leads the reader down one mouse hole after another.
And just when you think you’ve figured out the mystery, you haven’t.
This is the story of Nick and Amy Dunne. To begin with, they are happily married in New York with jobs writing for magazines. Then the bottom falls out of the publishing business and both of them lose their jobs.
When Amy’s parents, who have funded their apartment, come to tell them they are broke, Nick decides they should move to his small hometown in Missouri where his mother is battling stage four cancer and his father is in late-stage Alzheimer’s.
Reluctantly, Amy moves, giving Nick the last of her trust-fund money to finance a local bar that he runs with his twin sister, Margo. Amy hates the new house and most aspects of their new life.
Each wedding anniversary, Amy plans a carefully designed treasure hunt that takes Nick to locations she thought were important to them in the past year. At the end, there is a thoughtfully planned, meaningful gift, according to Amy.
Nick finds these hunts confusing, even missing one of his anniversary tours to take some newly fired co-workers out for drinks.
Now, on their fifth anniversary and first anniversary in the new town, Nick gets a call from his neighbor telling him his front door is wide open and goes home to check. The teakettle has burned on the stove, there is broken glass in the living room and Amy is gone.
Both Nick and Amy alternate in telling their sides of the story, but it is Flynn who leads the reader down misleading trails and toward false conclusions. This is a fast-paced thrill ride to a surprisingly sinister conclusion.
If you pick up this book, don’t plan on putting it down anytime soon.
(Mary Miller is owner of Turtle Town Books & Gifts in Nisswa, where “Gone Girl” is available.)