Study Guide

Gone Girl Characters

By Gillian Flynn

Nick Dunne

Misunderstood man or malicious murderer? Abused child or abusive husband? Loving spouse or lonely...

Amy Elliott Dunne

You couldn't ask for a clearer portrait of the All-American Girl than Amy Elliott Dunne. She's...

Andie Hardy

Andie Hardy is a home wrecker worthy of being the subject of an angry country music song. A...

Betsy Bolt

When Nick first hears the name of Tanner Bolt's wife, Betsy, he initially pictures "a diminutive...

Desi Collings

Sheesh, what is it with all these characters having relationships with people that are...

Detective Jim Gilpin

It's probably worth saying that we here at Shmoop feel kind of bad for Detective Gilpin, mostly...

Detective Rhonda Boney

Rhonda Boney is so tough, so thoroughly committed to the law, that if she and Law and Order:...

Ellen Abbott

An ex-prosecuting attorney turned talk show host, Ellen Abbott is the vicious front woman of...

Greta

We actually don't even really know if Greta is the real name of the blonde, abused woman Amy...

Hilary Handy

When we first hear of Hilary Handy, she's a potential suspect for Amy's disappearance. According...

Jacqueline Collings

Desi's mom, Jacqueline, is a huge clue that something is super wrong with her son. For one thing,...

Jeff

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale… of Jeff, the Hide-A-Way Cabins' very own fish...

Margo "Go" Dunne

Nick and his sister, Margo (better known as Go), are definitely the Luke Skywalker and Princess...

Maureen Dunne

Mama Maureen appears in a very brief portion of the book, but the role she plays is pretty...

Bill Dunne

If there's any good in Nick, it comes from Go and his mom. If there's anything bad, nasty, or...

Noelle Hawthorne

Noelle may call herself Amy's best friend, but she's really one of the most important pawns in...

Rand and Marybeth Elliott

Rand and Marybeth Elliott are the kind of parents who should really have their own corny...

Sharon Schieber

Sharon Schieber is the top-rated network newswoman who gives Nick the game-changing interview...

Shawna Kelly

Did you know that there's such a thing as kidnapping investigation groupies? Yeah, neither did...

Stucks Buckley

North Carthage is a town filled with economic discontent and failed dreams, and no one...

Tanner Bolt

Remember Billy Flynn, the hotshot celebrity lawyer played by Richard Gere in the film version of...

Tommy O'Hara

Like Hilary Handy's story of Amy's frame-up back in prep school, Tommy O'Hara's tragic tale of...