Review of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
**SPOILER ALERT** – This review is full of spoilers so read at your own risk!
1.Why this Book?
This book is the very first psychological thriller I’ve ever read. As soon as my eyes scanned the synopsis, my curiosity awakened and I was suddenly thrown into this new world (a whole new world playing in the background), that I later came to know of as the psychological thrillers genre.
2. The Psychology Behind it
Amy Dunne was raised by parents who, out of a fictional character, have created an invincible rival. Therefore, Amy spent most of her childhood competing with a perfect character, which resulted in her setting quite the unrealistic standards for herself and those around her. Standards no one could possibly attain, which brought about occasional disappointment and perpetual dissatisfaction.
3. Whose Fault it is?
This toxic environment has moulded her into someone who wouldn’t forgive, not hers nor anyone else’s imperfections. Therefore, when Nick stopped being the Nick she agreed to marry, she took that to heart. To her, he was failing as a husband and him cheating was the last straw. She had to punish him for not being the person she wanted him to be; he had to suffer for not being perfect (and apparently she does not care much if perfection is just an act or if it’s showcased through lies, as long as the person is making an effort to act the part, they’ll be alright!). I’m not defending Nick here cause he is, by no means, the innocent one in this story; in fact none of them is.
4. The Ending
Most people did not like the ending, whereas I found it quite suitable for the story, especially this particular conversation between Nick and Amy:
“My gosh, Nick, why are you so wonderful to me?” He was supposed to say: You deserve it. I love you. But he said, “Because I feel sorry for you.”. “Why?”. “Because every morning you have to wake up and be you.”
To me this was a rather powerful comeback. Nick actually felt sorry for her. Amy just being Amy, living with her own thoughts and twisted mind is an enough punishment for her.
5. The Final Verdict
All in all, I loved this book by Gillian Flynn and it made me want to read more of her work.
Amazon: Gone Girl