One of my all time favourite books ‘Gone Girl’ is being released as a film which is due for release in UK cinemas on 3rd October 2014. To commemorate this, i have decided to do a review of the book, just in case you’ve completely missed out and have yet to read it!
Gone Girl is the story of Amy and Nick Dunne and their marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?
As the story unfolds you see different perspectives, with the book switching between Nick’s point of view, to Extracts from diary entries Amy has written. Amy set up a treasure hunt before she left as a surprise for their wedding anniversary, but what is the prize?
Now, the below includes spoilers, so please don’t read on if you want to read the book!
Amy’s diary extracts start to take a dark turn. It seems as if she was scared of Nick and feared he may hurt her. Arguments are brought to the surface as Nick follows the treasure hunt Amy has left. The media start to turn on Nick, believing he doesn’t show enough concerns for his missing wife and the police start to dig deeper.
Cue the twist – Amy is alive and well. She’s hiding out in a motel. She’s cut her hair and changed her name. She’s watching the media circus surrounding her disappearance. It’s all going to plan.
And the real reason Amy disappeared? She found out Nick was cheating on her. With a younger college girl. After Amy finds out, she makes an elaborate plan, fake a kidnap / disappearance and leave a treasure hunt. The clue at the end of the treasure hunt makes Nick realise Amy knows he has been cheating.
Amy turns up at her old flame’s house, Desi. She asks for a place to stay and then leads him on. After the have slept together, she stabs him and leaves him for dead. With the evidence to prove a rape and self defence, she leaves bound for home.
The police question her but cannot find any evidence of foul play, She’s covered it up well. Once at home she tells Nick her plan and everything she did and why. He can’t leave her now and he knows it, not after the whole world has seen him reunited with his wife. The killer? She’s pregnant. Amy had visited a sperm bank where she has years before convinced Nick to freeze some, just in case. Now he can’t go.
The most spectacular part of this book is the ending. All books have a happy ending, or at least a tolerable one. Guy gets the girl, Girl gets the dream job etc etc. This ending leaves you frustrated. You want to yell at him to leave but you know she has him trapped. You hate her because of the game she played, but then you hate him for cheating. It’s an internal battle once you have finished the book and never have i been so annoyed but so in awe of a great but not happy ending.
The film has a different ending according to rumours but i hope they try and stay true to the book ending. I don’t want a happy ending to this film.
I’ll post a review of the film once it’s released!