Gone Girl

Gone Girl

by

Gillian Flynn

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Hilary Handy Character Analysis

A woman accused of stalking Amy in high school and threatening to kill her. Like Tommy, Hilary reveals Amy’s penchant for framing people when they wrong her in the smallest of ways. Hilary eventually reveals that she and Amy were truly friends—until Amy became jealous of her, and began setting her up to look like a stalker.

Hilary Handy Quotes in Gone Girl

The Gone Girl quotes below are all either spoken by Hilary Handy or refer to Hilary Handy. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Crown Publishers edition of Gone Girl published in 2012.
17. Nick Dunne, Four Days Gone (1) Quotes

I felt a surge of angst. What a fucking day. Boney was out to get me, Noelle was insane, Shawna was pissed, Hilary was resentful, the woman at the security company was a bitch, and my wife had stumped me finally. It was time to end this goddamn day.

Page Number: 135
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Hilary Handy Character Timeline in Gone Girl

The timeline below shows where the character Hilary Handy appears in Gone Girl. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
11. Nick Dunne, One Day Gone (2)
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...the years, been stalkers and strange fans, including one of Amy’s own high school classmates, Hilary Handy, who threatened to kill Amy and take her place as Rand and Marybeth’s daughter. (full context)
15. Nick Dunne, Three Days Gone
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...Rand are frustrated by the police’s refusal to look into one of Amy’s old stalkers, Hilary Handy, who lives five hours away in Tennessee. Marybeth pleads with Nick to drive there... (full context)
17. Nick Dunne, Four Days Gone (1)
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...drive back to the hotel. Back at headquarters, Nick decides to dial the number for Hilary Handy—one of Amy’s high-school stalkers. Hilary tries to hang up on Nick, but he calls... (full context)
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...Thinking of all the women who have messed with him throughout the day—Boney, Noelle, Shawna, Hilary, the woman at the security company, and even Amy—Nick thinks there’s only one woman he... (full context)
39. Nick Dunne, Eight Days Gone (3)
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...own “murder” of Amy is a lie—as is Tommy O’Hara’s “rape”—Nick begins to wonder if Hilary Handy, too, was falsely accused of stalking Amy. He tries calling Hilary again, and talks... (full context)
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Hilary explains that she was a transfer from Memphis in her freshman year of high school.... (full context)
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Soon after, Amy accused Hilary of pushing her down a long flight of stairs—Hilary did no such thing, and always... (full context)
47. Nick Dunne, Ten Days Gone (3)
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...Nick up, but every time the two of them offer the detectives evidence of Amy’s destruction—Hilary Handy and Tommy O’Hara, the labyrinth clues—the cops find a way to bend the narrative... (full context)
59. Nick Dunne, Thirty Days After the Return
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...Amy has covered her tracks too well. Go thinks maybe Jacqueline Collings, Tommy O’Hara, or Hilary Handy could help expose Amy—but Boney knows that the public loves Amy too much to... (full context)