Gone Girl is the story of Nick and Amy, a seemingly perfect couple who lose their jobs in Manhattan and relocate to Carthage, Missouri. Within the opening pages, Nick discovers that his wife has disappeared — the house is in disarray, there are signs of a struggle, and he soon becomes the police's prime suspect. The novel unfolds in two narrations: Nick's first-person tale of his wife's disappearance and Amy's diary entries, which start on the night they met and lead up until the day she goes missing. As Amy's diary entries reveal the cracks in their marriage, the reader is left to question whether Nick is as innocent as he claims.
“I was told love should be unconditional. That's the rule, everyone says so. But if love has no boundaries, no limits, no conditions, why should anyone try to do the right thing ever? If I know I am loved no matter what, where is the challenge? I am supposed to love Nick despite all his shortcomings. And Nick is supposed to love me despite my quirks. But clearly, neither of us does. It makes me think that everyone is very wrong, that love should have many conditions. Love should require both partners to be their very best at all times.”
Gillian Flynn is the author of three novels: Gone Girl, Sharp Objects, and Dark Places. Before publishing her novels, Flynn worked for ten years at Entertainment Weekly, covering film and television. Originally from Missouri, Flynn now lives in Chicago.
Length: 408 pages
Set in: Carthage, Missouri, United States