Gone Girl

Gone Girl

by

Gillian Flynn

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Rhonda Boney Character Analysis

The lead detective assigned to Amy’s disappearance case. With her partner, Gilpin, Boney establishes a careful rapport with Nick over the course of the investigation. She knows he’s essential to uncovering the truth, but pins him as a suspect from the start and treats him with increasing suspicion as the evidence against him mounts—or seems to. Through it all, Boney seems unable to completely convince herself that Nick is guilty—and after Amy’s return, she devotes herself to helping Nick find a way to share the truth about who Amy is and what she did.

Rhonda Boney Quotes in Gone Girl

The Gone Girl quotes below are all either spoken by Rhonda Boney or refer to Rhonda Boney. 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.
13. Nick Dunne, Two Days Gone Quotes

“People think they know [Amy] because they read the books growing up,” I said.

“I can see that,” Boney said, nodding. “People want to believe they know other people. Parents want to believe they know their kids. Wives want to believe they know their husbands.”

Related Characters: Nick Dunne (speaker), Rhonda Boney (speaker), Amy Elliott Dunne
Page Number: 91
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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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Rhonda Boney Character Timeline in Gone Girl

The timeline below shows where the character Rhonda Boney appears in Gone Girl. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
5. Nick Dunne, The Day Of (3)
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The first detective, Rhonda Boney, strikes Nick as “brazenly beyond the scope of everyday ugly.” Her partner, Jim Gilpin, is... (full context)
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Boney comes over to Nick and examines the picture with him. Nick tells her that today... (full context)
7. Nick Dunne, The Night Of
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Boney and Gilpin move their interview with Nick to the small Carthage police station. They ask... (full context)
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After swabbing Nick’s cheeks and hands, Boney sets up a tape recorder and starts it rolling. Nick wonders if he should call... (full context)
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Boney asks Nick if Amy could have gotten involved with drugs—layoffs and stagnancy in the wake... (full context)
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Boney, satisfied with the questions she’s asked Nick, begins listing the things the police are doing... (full context)
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Boney assures Nick that the police are taking the investigation seriously—but the most Nick can do... (full context)
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...hours. Nick stares at his father in disbelief, who continues to repeat the word “bitch.” Boney arranges for an officer to drive Nick’s father back to the nursing home—as Nick helps... (full context)
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At two in the morning, Boney and Gilpin tell Nick he can go home, and offer to have an officer drive... (full context)
13. Nick Dunne, Two Days Gone
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...Find Amy Dunne headquarters and the three of them begin spiffing it up. At ten, Boney arrives, along with several volunteers—mostly women—and when one strange “loner guy” shows up, Boney kindly... (full context)
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Boney asks Nick why he never mentioned Noelle Hawthorne—Amy’s best friend. Nick assures Boney that Amy... (full context)
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Nick drives over to the afternoon search area and calls Boney to ask if cops are searching the mall—she assures him that they’re on it. Nick... (full context)
17. Nick Dunne, Four Days Gone (1)
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In the morning, Rand and Nick meet Boney and Gilpin at a nearby pancake house. The detectives chastise Nick and his father-in-law for... (full context)
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Boney tells Nick they have a few more questions for him. They tell him that one... (full context)
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...Amy’s treasure hunt. 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... (full context)
23. Nick Dunne, Five Days Gone (2)
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Boney asks Nick about his whereabouts during the time frame Amy went missing—when he was down... (full context)
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Gilpin and Boney tell Nick that they have seen countless home invasions—and have determined that the scene in... (full context)
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Boney and Gilpin begin questioning Nick about the state of his and Amy’s marriage—he insists everything... (full context)
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Boney and Gilpin continue asking Nick about his marriage, and the kinds of things he and... (full context)
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Boney pulls out a bunch of credit card statements and asks Nick about the two hundred... (full context)
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Gilpin and Boney begin peppering Nick with other incriminating information. They point out that Nick bumped up Amy’s... (full context)
27. Nick Dunne, Six Days Gone (2)
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Nick is walking back up to the house when a cop car pulls up—it is Boney, who delivers the news that Amy was pregnant after all. Nick knows that Boney is... (full context)
31. Nick Dunne, Seven Days Gone (2)
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...has found the woodshed packed with all the things he’s recently sworn to Gilpin and Boney he didn’t buy with his many credit cards—Amy has dumped it all here, and it... (full context)
35. Nick Dunne, Eight Days Gone (1)
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...calling her and leaving her voicemails apologizing for his actions—but she does not pick up. Boney pulls into the driveway, and Nick opens the door for her—she has two cups of... (full context)
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Boney tells Nick that cops have turned up Amy’s purse on a riverbank outside of Hannibal,... (full context)
41. Nick Dunne, Nine Days Gone
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...cops with the Amy-framed-Nick theory—will perhaps be enough to get Nick out of the doghouse. Boney, Tanner points out, doesn’t seem to truly believe Nick is guilty. (full context)
43. Nick Dunne, Ten Days Gone (1)
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...in the penthouse and continue prepping Nick. At 5:00 p.m., Tanner gets a call from Boney but decides to ignore it—he doesn’t want to let in any information or gossip that... (full context)
45. Nick Dunne, Ten Days Gone (2)
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Boney and Tanner spar about Boney’s decision to allow Andie to give a press conference, and... (full context)
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...later, Nick and Tanner are at the police station, heading into a conference room with Boney and Gilpin. Boney confronts Nick and Tanner with the fact that Nick’s fingerprints are all... (full context)
47. Nick Dunne, Ten Days Gone (3)
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As Boney begins going through the diary with Nick, he begins to realize that the things contained... (full context)
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Boney points out that it would have taken six months or a year for Amy to... (full context)
49. Nick Dunne, Fourteen Days Gone
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...directed at all the women in his life who have let him down—Andie, Marybeth, Go, Boney, and Amy. He has tried his whole life to be a “decent guy,” but he... (full context)
51. Nick Dunne, Thirty-Three Days Gone
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One afternoon, after going out for groceries, Nick comes home to find Tanner, Boney, and Gilpin in the living room. On the coffee table is a plastic evidence bag,... (full context)
54. Amy Elliott Dunne, The Night of the Return (1)
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Boney asks Amy if she’s able to come to the station for an interview, and Amy—determined... (full context)
58. Amy Elliott Dunne, Five Days After the Return
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...needs to keep him on her side to keep her story intact. She knows that Boney is itching to arrest her, but is also aware that the cops have earned themselves... (full context)
59. Nick Dunne, Thirty Days After the Return
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Amy, Nick writes, “thinks she’s in control, but she’s very wrong.” Boney, Go, and Nick are all working together despite the cops and the FBI having lost... (full context)
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Boney remains convinced that at some point, Amy will crack. Go suggests looking through Amy’s diary... (full context)
61. Nick Dunne, Nine Weeks After the Return
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Nick’s life, he says, “has begun to feel like an epilogue.” He and Boney and Go still meet up to try and find ways to take down Amy, but... (full context)
63. Nick Dunne, Twenty Weeks After the Return
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Nick calls Boney to tell her the news—she tells him to take care of himself. Nick heads to... (full context)