AS I DISAPPEAR TO READ GONE GIRL
by Hannah Faye
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn has had a lot of hype recently, and I finally decided to pick up a copy of the book and see what the fuss was all about. Within the first few pages, I was hooked. From the moment the wife went missing, I too disappeared from the world around me as I delved deeper into the mystery of Gone Girl.
There is a heavy emphasis on the psychological in this novel. Both Amy and Nick, the main characters who should be celebrating their five-year wedding anniversary, offer different characteristics that cause readers to stop and think. From the italicized internal thoughts of Nick to the personality quizzes that Amy includes as evidence of her prior writing career, readers are drawn into the minds and mystery of the characters.
Along with the psyche of the characters, the structure of the novel adds interesting psychological twists. Similar to the stages of grief, Gone Girl is divided into three parts, or stages, each including their own intense reaction. There is an extreme shift of emotion between part one and part two and, without spoiling the ending, part three is completely shocking.
The shock factor of this novel makes it a talking point. It has been talked onto the New York Times Best Seller list, and it has been talked into an upcoming film adaptation. It has been a personal talking point amongst friends, college professors, and even strangers. Wherever I carried this book, I was asked, “How do you like it?” or “Where are you so far?” Just a simple question between two strangers who had read the same book.
This is what I love about literature. It has the power to bring people together in the most surprising, and often simple ways. So next time you see someone reading a book you enjoyed, ask them about it, have a conversation with them, make a friend.
– Hannah Faye