Warning: This article contains spoilers.
The book is written from both Nick’s and Amy’s point of view. Nicks starts off on the current date and time. It tells of how he comes home to find Amy missing and then how he starts his annual anniversary scavenger hunt which it seems Amy already had prepared. He starts to be seen as a suspect in Amy’s disappearance and hires himself a good lawyer. The police believe that Nick has motives to want to do away with his wife. He has no money, and Amy seems to be pregnant. They discover many secrets from their investigation and witnesses. From the crime scene analysis, they discover that the crime scene is staged, and that blood was apparently cleaned up from the kitchen. And Nick has a secret… another woman on the side.
In Amy’s journal we learn the story of how Nick and Amy met and how they both lost their jobs in the recession and then decided to move from New York to Missouri when Nick’s mother was dying. It eventually paints a story of an abusive Nick who doesn’t want their baby. The journal paints Amy as the wonderful, sweet wife, who does what her husband needs because it’s what’s best for them.
Then, sh*t happens. We meet the real Amy. An Amy that is the most evil, vicious woman. An Amy who is so psychotic that she creates an entirely fake journal with enough truths to seem real. She never loved Nick, she only ever pretended to be the woman that he wanted, but inside she boiled with resentment for him and for everyone else. She was so used to pretending since she was small. She did everything that people expected or wanted from her, and in the end she was a pyscho-b**ch that just couldn’t divorce her husband but instead she wanted him to go to jail for murder. She wants her parents to punish by feeling the pain from losing their only child.
Nick starts to realize that Amy is setting him up for murder. He and his lawyer starts planning his defensive and he starts to try to draw Amy out of where she is hiding during press conferences.
Amy’s down fall, of course, is that she lived a sheltered live and isn’t aware of real world dangers. She also is so full of herself that she believes she is invincible. This eventually leads her right back home, but not without getting her hands dirtier.
This book could have really been better if it only had a more satisfying ending. Both Nick and Amy are totally unlovable characters although, sadly I had to side with the cheater on this one. If your husband is cheating on you and you really don’t love him, leave. Find someone else. But don’t fall off the band wagon and consume yourself so much with ruining his life that you are blinded and might ruin yourself in progress. Nick was too soft, I wish he would have stood up to what Amy was doing a bit more, but he always seemed to be holding back, like he was afraid of her. And yes, be afraid of a crazy woman, but don’t let her get the best of you. The writing style was good, but the start of the story is very slow, part 2 was the best, and part 3 is slow and irritating.
About the Author:
Gillian Flynn won a Goodreads Choice Award in 2012 for her work on Gone Girl. She has written other popular books which are Sharp Objects and Dark Places. Sharp Objects won her the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger.
Recommended (If you can deal with unsatisfying endings)