A much in love Amy marries Nick but their marriage takes a predictable yet unexpected turn where rosy and angelic slowly turns into a power struggle based on manipulation and ruthless drama.
What to anticipate:
“Happy families are all alike. Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”—Anna Karenina. Who would have thought that the world was full of such gruesome barren secrets? I suppose many would know. But a person fed on rosy romances would definitely be caught unaware when reading Gone Girl which is about the best kept iron bound secrets of relationships. Gillian Flynn unveils and how. If this is the first time you choose to pick her book, then you’ll be surprised to have not read much like what is in this before.
The book manages to awe and hold your attention; Qualities that are loved about literature. One also enjoys highly when one is able to resonate with a character or story. Weirdly, resonating is not a problem with these ruthless complex characters. Amy and Nick are quite relatable characters. To get bored is to be human, so is getting jealous. Both these qualities are embodied in our broken characters, and while you would believe these emotions to be mere byproducts of love, they take center stage in the novel.
A reader might go various ways with regard to their feelings with the book. One way to go to would be horror. Alternatively for both husband and wife and what they are doing to each other, as they resort to their, rather too dark shenanigans, more than the ‘what’, the ‘why’ of it becomes increasingly problematic. The reader is thrown repeatedly with the twists and turns along with the characters.
The book brings in a perspective to feminism that can be debated and discussed endlessly. Amy was ticked off by an incident that was product of Nick’s indulgence and she prepares to get what she wants. But she goes far. And it is then that standing up for one’s righteousness comes under the scanner. Under the gender lens, do we put both Nick and Amy through same standards of judgment? Do we justify nick at any point, or Amy? If yes then why? And what does that tell us about us and the society?