Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Crown Publishers
Pages: 560 pages
Marriage can be a real killer.
On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick’s wife, Amy, has disappeared. Nick is weak, Nick is a liar, and maybe he’s not the very best of husbands—but is he a killer? Amy’s diary reveals turmoil over their marriage, strange sicknesses, and her deep wish to be a mother—but is she telling the whole story? As the evidence slowly mounts, and the police investigation deepens, Nick is incriminated in horrible ways. He swears he didn’t murder his beautiful wife and goes on the offensive to clear his name. The mystery of Amy’s disappearance only gets more tangled as secret unfurl from the web of their knotty marriage, and it becomes clear that something may have happened more disturbing than death.
Well, I think I will starting this one with ‘Ouch, I’m not sure about this’ and ‘No, please, not me…’
That’s, uhm, such an expressions of doubt and inability which is has no relevance even a bit with the contents of this book, but about myself.
Since I don’t have the courage to make a review of the books which I think contains of an amazing stories, so I never once even tried. It’s because I was too afraid about what I will write down couldn’t really be able to show how high my feelings for the book, or how I wasn’t sure can reveal the whole part of an amazing story that I want to express, or also I really wasn’t sure how to convince others that this book is really worth to read. It was all because I haven’t find a way (or don’t believe in myself) how to create a promotional words that will reflect the greatness of the book itself. So sometimes when a friends of mine pointed at some books that arranged into one of my shelf’s column and asked about whether it was good or not, then usually I just said ‘That’s a great book. Very worth to read and enough to makes you amazed or learning something’. And when they asked more about how’s the story goes, what’s the topic about, and such thing, I just gave them some major clues until they seems interested to read (without outspokenly spoiler, of course). And at the end, I said again ‘Just read it. That’s a great book, I say’. But I think a lot of it did never worked, it because perhaps I’m not seems like believable person. :))
The point is, make a review from the outstanding masterpiece was ver, very, very difficult thing to do and inconceivable stressful. But for reason that the review I have to make here is one of the series from end year event I had—Secret Santa, so however I need to make a report about the results from reading the book. Since this book is very amazing, so it’s hard, absolutely. But I will try my best for this.
The very first time I saw her, it was the back of the head I saw, and there was something lovely about it, the angles of it. Like a shiny, hard corn kernel or a riverbed fossil. She had what the Victorians would call a finely shaped head. You could imagine the skull quite easily. (p.3)
Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? (p.3)
This book has a point of view based on the story of Nick’s life, the story of Amy’s life, and the story that written by Amy in her diary. Gillian Flynn divides the story to be a three parts as generally.
Part one is Boy Loses Girl. It contains the story by Nick’s point of view in the current period, and the story by Amy that had been written in her diary started from the day she first met with Nick in the writer’s party in Brooklyn. And predictably, they both are attracted to each other in the first sight (or could I say, perhaps it’s Amy who gets interested first), losing contact for eight months, met again, together in a romantic love story, and ends up with a wedding. The plot that goes in this story is alternating between Nick and Amy, and the timeline based on Nick’s story is walks starting from the current period (when Amy went missing), and advanced counted every day since Amy disappeared. Then the plot was brought to the period around early 2005 which was told in the form of a diary belonging to Amy.
The fact that Amy ever being a writer of psychological quizzes in one of the magazine, so it’s not strange if in her diary she always put on her considerations in her life as formed as a row of the choices that almost identical (exactly as psychological quizzes you encounter in the magazines). About her parents who are both psychologists and writers, they created a masterpiece as a popular children’s book series—Amazing Amy—which is very well known by the public even since Amy was a kid. This book, indirectly gives an affect for the Amy’s perspective and her life. Amy in the Amazing Amy all at once becomes like a steroids for the real Amy, or she’s seems to be her role-model for ever after. It’s an impossible perfect point to be achieved even by one soul. Unconsciously, Amy being forced to be the same as Amy, because of she’s an Amy and she’s the inspirational for the Amazing Amy. From her childhood ‘till she already becomes a woman she always has the same desire to be obviously like Amazing Amy and need to do the same right thing like what all Amazing Amy does. And that’s the important point which had created Amy to be a New York’s dream girl ever existed, a total number one people sees as a good girl, owner of a great personality, genius, beautiful, rich, and she has all we called it as a perfection.
She needed to be Amazing Amy, all the time. (p.61)
But who ever could expect if this perfect woman had a hard times for the whole of her life? In this part, especially regarding on her marriage life. Based on her story in the diary, that finally founded by the cops, Nick perhaps is a good man and the most romantic partner she ever met. But it occurred only in their beginning marriage life. Nick was changed over the times, he becomes cold, careless, jerk, possessive, liar, and he even had a dirty affair with twenty something teenager. Those all huge problems was came up after the news that told if Nick’s Mom was sick and he by self made a decision for wants to be there to save her mother. The stage four cancer metastatic to the liver and bones was suddenly forced them to moved from New York to the Nick’s little hometown. So they left their jobs and everything in behind.
All those new uncomfortable things causing so much problems which is causing another much more problems. Nick’s Dad who has Alzheimer and hates Amy, the death of Nick’s Mom, Nick’s sister, Nick’s bad temper, and so-so. But the most troublemaker here is Nick’s new personality. He made Amy feels left out, unloved, and the longer she thought that Nick doesn’t want her anymore. Nick was so messed up. Amy knew that he disconcerted because of the death of his Mom and their financial problems. But perhaps it more than that. Nick was married her when she was pretty, young, and rich, but look at her right now. Amy isn’t pretty anymore, she aging, jobless, poor, closer to forty than thirty, and her value has decreased to be an amazing Amy for Nick. And all of those were happened during (or maybe causing) the up and down situations of their marriage (or I could say, it’s very complicated and almost collapse). While Amy, who felt being in the all sides wrong positions, still survived by Nick’s side and she really wants to save her marriage. By holding on all of her self protest, she planning to give Nick a baby, and keep pretends to be a girl like Nick wanted to be with. But unfortunately, Nick won’t to have a baby in such period, he already had a plan to divorce Amy, and he already had a younger sexy girlfriend.
He went dull-eyed. He doesn’t talk to me, he behaves as if the act of talking physically pains him and I am a vicious woman to ask it of him. (p.114)
I will not let my worst self ruin my marriage. My husband loves me. He loves me and he has come back to me and that is why he is treating me so nice. That is the only reason. (p.232)
The investigation going deeper, and they got some facts and evidences that leads them to Nick. They begin with the financial things which is all of their properties and even a bar that run by Nick and Go is all the name of Amy. Next financial surprise is Nick was bumped up Amy ‘s life insurance and he bought all of the super expensive useless stuffs and hide them in the Go’s garage. The rest are all about Nick’s bad personalities, Nick isn’t a good man, accusation that he married Amy only for money, and he had not even seen panic or distress since Amy disappeared.
More supports came like a flurry from so many volunteers who know who’s Amy and really want to help in finding Amy. Of course, the excitement from people and missing news that spread very fast over the States are because they realized that Amy Dunne is their beloved Amazing Amy. That American’s sweetheart really gets a lot of attentions from people, and this thing directly are also makes Nick cornered and tossed in his unfavorable position. Moreover, when everyone knows that missing Amy was pregnant for six weeks, but Nick didn’t want to have a children, and the emergence of Andie—girl who had an affair with Nick—who finally recognize about their affair and publicly apologized at a press conference, Nick’s position became really cornered as the main suspect for the loss of her own wife (and also the violences and allegations of murdering—investigation proved that they got some trace of violence and hidden blood spots). Amy’s parents, the cops, the journalists, the reporters, the medias, all of the world now pointing at Nick as a murderer.
Meanwhile, there is also a game of treasure hunt that always made by Amy for their anniversary. And at this time, among his efforts to prove his innocence, Nick should be hurry to find out the clues that given by Amy and solve those all before the cops did. So he could save himself from the worse position and find where Amy is. The story really getting twisted, puzzled, and annoyingly complicated.
I am so lucky, this is my husband, this man will be the father of my children. We’ll all be so happy. But I may be wrong, I may be very wrong. (p.276)
I catch him looking at me with those watchful eyes, the eyes of an insect, pure calculation, and I think: This man might kill me. (p.277)
Gillian Flynn really brought us to discover the truths that were revealed little by little through the Amy’s diary, and really make us appoint at Nick as a someone who should be suspected, and also put countless mercy for poor Amy.
But, does she really is?
Alright, we’ll go next to the part two. It titled as Boy Meets Girl, and exactly right in here, I warn you to be very, very, watchful. Because Gillian Flynn had some monstrous surprises which more than enough to makes you startled, or shocked, or angry, or piss off, or frowned in confusion, or just exhale and muttering ‘I told ya’. But, hey, wait a seconds, it’s not over yet. The story is still running, and this part is only in the middle of the whole story. But again, the case is clear in here for Nick and the reader but unclosed yet, and yes, right in the middle of the story. Is it too early? I don’t think so. This is an interesting way to make a mysterical thriller’s plot. I have a thousands applause to Gillian Flynn who successful neatly brought the reader to explore the same building but in the sight of two different people who have a different nature, different personality, different ways of thinking, and how to deal with the problem in a different way. And in the end, we will be escorted to arrive at the point how we can see with our wide open eyes dan doing a neutral analysis in looking at the relationship between Nick and Amy, as well as the foundations itself, the whole buildings for inside and outside, and the caused impact from it. This story makes me as a personal could learn how to behave as mature, and wise, and certainly care about the other’s conditions that being associated with. Anyway about mature, this book is contains a lot of mature words and scenes and adultery tragedy, so of course I don’t recommend this book to consumed by teenager.
And the last, part three, is Boy gets Girl Back (Or Vice Versa). You obviously know what happened here based on the title itself. Yes, Amy has returned to Nick. Here, you’ll be know whether you have a mercy for Amy or perhaps for Nick, or you become upset to Nick or perhaps to Amy. We’ll see.
The Brilliant Gillian Flynn really wants to showed us about how the ways of parents treat us and relationship of the whole families has a huge contributions to created our basic personality. And how the marriage isn’t about one hundred persen to get the love she/he needed or one hundred persen giving all the partner for what she/he needed, but they both have to share it the half—give and get, understanding and be understood, black and white… One person must to has the two sides of it, while the other must to has the same, so none of the relationship keep the sacrificing one and sacrificed one. Just to be here, I don’t want to give more spoiler. But I still wanna warn you that it all about manipulating. Boo! 😉