December 2014 Club
Warning: this review contains spoilers
Nick and Amy seem like the golden couple – the cool, urban couple everyone wants to know – they live in New York, have great jobs, she’s beautiful, he’s charming. Amy even inspired her psychologist parents to write a highly successful series of children’s books called Amazing Amy.
But as financial woes take grip, their seemingly perfect marriage suffers when they have to move back to Nick’s economically struggling hometown in the Midwest to help take care of his dad who is in a care home suffering from dementia.
Nick is in his element – he buys a bar with his beloved twin sister, gets a job at the local college, they buy a big house that has been repossessed.
Then Amy goes missing. There are signs of a struggle. Evidence suggests that she had been afraid of him. His version of events doesn’t tally with other sources the police have spoken to.
Nick doesn’t come across well in the media which is rapidly gaining interest in Amy’s mysterious disappearance. He appears stilted and unemotional and accidentally gets papped with one of the local housewives draped round his neck.
Then Amy’s diary and an anniversary treasure hunt seem to add further weight to everyone’s suspicions that he murdered his wife.
Gillian Flynn’s gripping, sharply plotted thriller takes the reader on a rollercoaster of twists and turns examining themes such as perfection, attention to detail and the communal fantasy life of relationships – whether they be marriages, past relationships or affairs.
She also makes some keen, if cynical, observations on society today and on how the media and the Internet’s influence has been so all-encompassing and has ultimately changed the essence of being a human being:
“The secondhand experience is always better. The image is crisper, the view is keener, the camera angle and the soundtrack manipulate my emotions in a way reality can’t anymore. I don’t know that we are actually human at this point, those of us who are like most of us, who grew up with tv and movies and now the Internet… It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless automat of characters. And if all of us are play-acting, there can be no such thing as a soul mate, because we don’t have genuine souls.”
There were a few colours scattered throughout the novel but none that really jumped out.
So I took inspiration from a scene near the end of the book, when ex-boyfriend Desi rescues but entraps Amy in his remote lakeside mansion. She decides her only way out is to use her cunning, immaculate planning and feminine charms.
She seduces him with a sleeping pill-laced martini – not a pink one – but let’s call that a bit of creative licence. She adds three olives, gin, olive juice, vermouth along with the sleeping pills and tells him “I always pictured being your wife and making you martinis.” What happens next isn’t pleasant.
So I wanted to recreate the olive on a pink martini. I used a deep red to represent the pimento and surrounded it on both sides with deep olive. Then dyed the remainder of the skein in delicate pink, leaving some white to represent a slightly unstirred martini.
For the semi-solid yarn, I used pink to represent how Amy dresses in a clingy pink dress to portray Desi’s favourite look: that of a delicate flower.
This colour couldn’t be pinned down exactly and your skein may range from a dusky pink to delicate petal pink. Like Amy herself, it comes in a range of moods and shades.
The yarn base is a high twist merino, nylon and cashmere which took the olive effect I wanted to achieve nicely and I think Exquisite Twist actually describes the style of the book rather well.
The variegated colourway is called Pink Martini and the semi-solid is called Feminine Charms.