Amy disappears on her and her husband, Nick's, fifth wedding anniversary. Life has been difficult for both of them They had to relocate to Nick's hometown in Missouri after losing their writing jobs in New York and after Nick's parents both were ill. Amy had always been from New York so the adjustment was difficult but she's doing her best.
Nick, from the start, appears to be more unhappy than Amy. Mostly with his marriage. We get a lot of inner dialog that makes it appear that things are not what they seem. And, after Nick returns home to find Amy missing and the living room turned upside down, we find out just how messed up things can be.
There are many nuances to Gone Girl that make it rich. Amy's parents are famous authors who wrote books based on Amy as a young girl. Nick and his sister buy a bar in Missouri, using Amy's money. I could go on, but just know that everything we learn adds to the story.
The worst part of Gone Girl is Part 1. It just went on way too long. The initial investigation of the disappearance just dragged....at about half way through, things change dramatically at the beginning of Part 2, and then it all means something. So, just be patient.
The characters are colorful, to say the least. I particularly liked the relationship and dialog between Nick and his sister. Everyone, Amy's parents, the police, the best-friend, seemed like authentic, realistic characters. Since I live close to St. Louis, the Missouri setting was especially interesting to me.
The twists and turns are delicious. I can't say I particularly enjoyed the ending, but it was appropriate. I haven't read any other books by Flynn, but I'm putting her on my list. I'm ready for some more. Gone Girl is totally appropriate for older teens who like this type of crime story. There is some violence and a bit of sex, but nothing too explicit.
Published by Crown, June 5, 2012
eBook obtained from NetGalley
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