Gone Girl by David Fincher
With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it was suspected that he may not be innocent.
If you like mysteries, you may like this one. ‘Gone Girl,’ written by Gillian Flynn has topped the New York Times Bestsellers list for more than a year. Now the movie, directed by David Fincher, hit the screens. Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne and Rosamund Pike as Amy, his wife of 5 years, give a stellar performance that will captivate you until the end.
Nick and Amy, New York-based writers both lost their jobs during the recession. They move back to Missouri where Nick originally hails from when his mother is dying of cancer. Their marriage suffers under the financial instability; Amy finds it hard to fit in, and Nick becomes unfaithful.
On their fifth wedding day, Nick discovers that Amy has gone missing. What follows is a plot that makes the viewer soon wonder, “Did Nick murder his beautiful and talented wife?”
The book is written alternating from Nick’s perspective of things and to Amy’s account of their marriage. She kept a diary of their years together. That discovery lets the good to turn to the ugly, with the unspeakable as the logical result–seemingly.
The book is a page-turner, which makes the reader, ask: ‘Which of the two is right? Which side am I on?’
The writing is beautiful; the plot takes twists and turns that leave you breathless. At a crucial point in the middle of the book (and movie), the reader gives a big sigh of relief, “Aha.” Yet, the mystery is not solved, and the plot kept me enthralled throughout.
The end of the novel came totally unexpected and left me unsatisfied, I have to admit. What did the film make of it? I found it equally flat. I left the movies rushing back to my book and read the last few pages again. Yes, the end was still not gratifying for me. Go and see for yourself.