The Dark Side of Marriage

When you get married, you should feel like you know the person that you’re married to. Sometimes though they have a dark side that makes you question who you really got married to in the first place. This is precisely what occurs in “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, a psychological novel that takes you inside a marriage that appears to be perfect but has been rapidly unraveling for awhile.

Nick and Amy Dunne seemed to be the perfect couple even though she seems to put more into the marriage that he does. She even goes so far as to plan romantic treasure hunts for their anniversaries with clues that he is never quite able to decipher. On the day of their fifth anniversary a new more sinister treasure hunt is revealed after Amy’s mysterious disappearance. The question is though–did something happen to her or did she leave on her own? This mystery is investigated throughout the course of the novel with Nick engaging in behavior that is often inappropriate such as seeming to flirt with another woman on television and hiring a top lawyer even though he seemingly had nothing to do with her disappearance.

Flynn crafts an intriguing and fast-paced novel that makes you question the actions of Amy and Nick and leaves you wondering if either of them can really be trusted. It delves into the darker side of marriage when you begin to lose trust in your partner and wonder if maybe your partner is the one you were supposed to end up with in the first place. If you enjoy psychology and a good mystery “Gone Girl” is the book for you. It may leave you asking questions about your own relationships.

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