Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is #2 on the best seller list and is the best book I’ve read since “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. It is a first-person story told by two different people — that’s new! It is both a mystery and a thriller. And best of all, the two main characters are named Dunne!
You will keep turning the pages of “Gone Girl” because something mind-boggling happens in every chapter. I love the way the surprises keep coming; unexpected and yet completely logical. Amy is the rich-girl daughter of two psychologists (now THAT will make you crazy!). The parents made their fortune writing children’s books about their mythologized daughter “Amazing Amy.” And Amy IS amazing. You will be amazed at how amazing Amy is by the end of this book. You will wonder how any child who was mythologized by her parents could be any other way.
Both Nick Dunne and Amy Elliott Dunne are writers by trade, and I wondered how this was going to come together. It does, at the end. Marriage is a dicey prospect for two people in the same field of endeavor because competition rears its head in unpredictable ways.
I am recommending this book to any friend contemplating divorce.
I just saw the movie
Oct. 29, 2014 Gillian Flynn got sole credit for the screenplay and I would love to find out who really wrote it. Reese Witherspoon produced it and it would have been a great role for her 10 years ago. This images is both the opening and closing shot of the film.
It isn’t very often I think the movie is better than the book (“Bridges of Madison County” comes to mine) but this was great. Especially the line near the end, “I’m the cunt you wanted so bad you pretended to be better than you are.
The movie gave me a much better understanding of the motivations of Nick and Amy Dunne when, near the beginning, she said in a voice-over, “I don’t want to be the kind of wife that dresses you up in a monkey suit to parade in front of her friends.” And his corresponding thought was, “I don’t want to be the kind of husband who treats his wife like the Highway Patrol — always hiding from her, trying to outwit her.”
Now I am going to think about the role of Denial in a relationship, and how We Want What We Want.