“Flynn, Gillian. Gone Girl. Narr. Julian Whelan, Kirby Heyborne. New York: Random House Audio, 2012. Overdrive. Web. 1 January 2013. Bibliomation.lib.com.
Summary: This is the dramedy about Nick and Amy Eliot Dunne, a beautiful couple who begin the story in romantic love. They meet in New York City where they are both writers. Amy is independently wealthy due to her parents’ successful children’s book series, which are based on their daughter Amy. Eventually Amy and Nick lose their jobs and decide to move back to Missouri where Nick’s mom has been diagnosed with cancer and his dad has Alzheimer’s disease. The book is being narrated by both Amy and Nick. We learn from both of these narrators that the marriage is slowly dissolving and as in many relationships, they are becoming disenchanted with each other. Just when you think the book is becoming a run of the mill story, Flynn throws a wrench into the plot. Amy disappears. Nick is called home by a neighbor who thinks something has gone awry in the house. Nick finds the house in disarray and Amy is gone and Nick is left to prove his innocence. What ensues is an extremely suspenseful mystery and a study in dysfunctional relationships. I recommend this novel to adults who enjoy or need an escapist novel.
Ridiculously Simple Synopsis: Boy and girl fall in love. Boy and girl get married. Boy and girl torture each other.
Curriculum Connection: Just for fun.
Reading Level: Adult.
Genre: Suspense Fiction, Mystery, thriller
Nick Dunne: Husband of Amy Eliot Dunne
Amy Dunne: Nick’s wife and subject of the Amazing Amy children’s book series.
Go: Nick’s sister.
Marybeth Elliot: Amy’s mother.
Rand Elliot: Amy’s Father
Mo Dunne: Nick’s mother.
Bill Dunne: Nick’s father.
Gilpin: Police officer investigating Amy’s disappearance.
Boney: Female police officer investigating Amy’s disappearance.
Desi Collings: Amy’s boyfriend from high school.
Nicole Hawthorne: Amy’s best friend in Missouri.
Tanner Bolt: Nick’s attorney.
Betsy Bolt: Tanner’s wife.
Ellen Abbot: Talk show host specializing in women’s murders; a Nancy Grace type character.”