In preparation for the Gone Girl movie release, I reread this suspenseful thriller detailing a troubled marriage and a missing wife. It has been two years since my first read of this novel and i had forgotten much of the detail. I enjoyed the book just as much the second time around as I did the first especially knowing what some of the characters looked like.
The story is about a woman who had been immortalized, by her parents, as Amazing Amy in a series of children’s books. Amy seemed to play a role and tried to be perfect in the shadow of these books. The couple moved to Missouri , Nick’s childhood state, to care for his ailing mother and the relationship experienced the challenges of job loss, marital and financial issues.
When Amy suddenly disappears without a trace, Nick is left behind to solve the clues that Amy left as part of an anniversary tradition. Each clue leaves Nick more implicated as the police investigate and the media demonizes the less than emotional husband. The plot is ripe with twists and the book was difficult to put down.
Having the author write the screenplay led to a storyline that was similar in both mediums. The movie made the viewer gasp at times and the character assignment was terrific. While I was disappointed with the ending during the first read, after watching the movie, I was more satisfied with this conclusion. I would highly recommend reading and watching Gone Girl!