Okay, I hate book reviews with even a hint of a spoiler, or a whisper about what will happen in the story. Unfortunately, I read some reviews of “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn that clued me into some of the plot mysteries. I won’t do that.
Let me first say this is a wonderful novel filled with plot complexity and wonderful characterizations of Nick and and Amy, husband and wife.
The story unfolds with Amy gone, just disappeared like a vapor into thin air. The narrators are Amy and Nick. The first part of the novel as told through Nick’s and Amy’s eyes has alternating chapters told by each of them.
In a sort of reverse sequencing, Amy’s chapters focus on the past, when she and Nick met and describe the onset of the problems that beset their seemingly perfect marriage. Nick’s chapters, on the other hand, begin on the day of Amy’s disappearance and progress day by day as this nightmare unfolds.
Slowly and inexorably, Amy’s story melds with Nick’s as their respective chapters move closer in time.
Eventually, we get to part 2 describing what happens when the police get involved and slowly, the puzzle of Amy’s disappearance begins to be solved. But that’s only the beginning of the story.
I won’t tell you any more than that. I’ll simply say the story is a chilling tale of duplicity and devilish manipulation. As a reader, you can’t help but turn the pages to find out where it all ends up.
Five out of five stars for a cleverly constructed tale and for hip, stylized storytelling. This is wonderful, contemporary fiction.