First Impressions: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I’m about 42% through Gone Girl (according to Goodreads) and so far…. I’m not sure who or what I should be criticizing.

So far we know that Nick and Amy had a completely toxic relationship. Nick had fallen out of love with Amy and had a mistress named Andie. That mistress was 23-years-old. Way younger than he was.

It’s clear that both were expecting too much from each other.

Nick…. his personality reminds me a lot of a miserable man that is this close to breaking. I feel like he’s always wound up and about to explode in a violent fireball of emotion. He can’t seem to get a hold of his own emotions and he doesn’t know exactly what he’s supposed to feel. He’s hiding a lot of important information and doesn’t know what he’s doing 99% of the time. Unreliable narrator alert.

Yet I don’t think that he is the perpetrator of the crime. That would make it entirely too predictable and wouldn’t fit into the “surprise” factor that everybody says this novel has. I think there’s some more stuff that we haven’t learned about the entire situation. We’re meant to go through more of the clues that Amy has left for him. By now we’ve learned why he can’t go through the entire scavenger hunt in one go. It’s because he feels sick reading all of the praise she gives him, especially since he’s cheated on her. I don’t think that he is looking for Amy out of desperation or want, but rather out of obligation or guilt. He feels that as a dutiful husband he should be sadder when obviously, he isn’t. And he also wants to save himself from being blamed. I never feel like his motive is love (well obviously if he’s fallen out of love, it isn’t).

Amy is a wild card. Part of me thinks that she’s staged the situation to happen but at the same time, it’d again, be far too predictable. We’ve learned that she tried to purchase a gun from the neighborhood gang. We know that she’s clingy and craves her husband’s love. Her entire personality screams instability. It makes sense that she’d want to “punish” him and blame her disappearance on him. She keeps blaming her change in personality on Nick. She too, is an unreliable narrator. Most of her diary entries detail how she feels towards her marriage and the rise and fall in their relationship. I think that we’re supposed to slowly learn about the problems they had in their relationship through her perspective. And maybe she’ll slowly go crazy because her personality is already a little…. unstable.

I think that both weren’t exactly sure they wanted from the relationship. Amy seemed to want a fairytale relationship with her husband where everything would be sickeningly sweet. If I’m honest, I thought some of her clues and letters were really really gag-worthy. Not sweet or romantic. Gag-worthy. Nick just wanted a relationship that was relaxed. Kind of like a best-friends type one. With such different goals and expectations, I think that they were destined to fail as a couple.

So as of now… my prediction is as follows.

Possibility #1: Amy is a cray woman that staged her own kidnapping with the help of some random person that we probably don’t know about. She found out about Nick’s mistress and decided to pour her anger and frustrations into her letters to her creepy ex-boyfriend, Desi. Desi jokingly decides to suggest that she stage a disappearance to “punish” Nick. She jumps on the idea without Desi knowing.

Possibility #2: Maybe Nick’s crazy father was involved and fell in love with Amy (in some twisted world because this doesn’t make sense at all) and the two decided to stage her kidnapping and elope off in Las Vegas.

Possibility #3: Amy decided to be dramatic and disappear randomly. She would put the answer to her disappearance in her clues (which Nick is conveniently taking his sweet time with).

Possibility #4: Amy wants to test her husband’s intelligence and how he would respond to her disappearance. So she does this and is spying on him.

It’s really far-fetched. I know. But I have no idea where the story is going at the moment because I really hope that the cliche, predictable, normal, endings aren’t going to happen. So that’s going to be what my prediction is XD

If you’ve read Gone Girl, how close were my predictions? If you are reading it at the moment, what predictions do you have?


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