Gone Girl

Gone Girl

by

Gillian Flynn

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Tommy O’Hara Character Analysis

A man accused of raping Amy in New York. Once Nick realizes that Amy is trying to frame him for murder (as revenge for his affair with Andie), Nick gets in touch with Tommy. Tommy explains that he and Amy dated for a while until she got angry with him for seeing another woman and decided to frame him for a brutal, violent rape to teach him a lesson.
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Tommy O’Hara Character Timeline in Gone Girl

The timeline below shows where the character Tommy O’Hara appears in Gone Girl. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
23. Nick Dunne, Five Days Gone (2)
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...men have been calling the tip line obsessively, including one old boyfriend of Amy’s named Tommy O’Hara, but Gilpin insists the three of them need to focus on the basic facts... (full context)
29. Nick Dunne, Seven Days Gone (1)
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...done for Amy in the last two years. Tanner also reveals that he’s looked into Tommy O’Hara, the man who kept calling Amy’s tip line—O’Hara was accused of raping Amy in... (full context)
37. Nick Dunne, Eight Days Gone (2)
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...is not who she has been pretending to be, and is inspired to call up Tommy O’Hara—the man who allegedly raped Amy years ago. He rings Tommy and tells him who... (full context)
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Tommy calls Nick back from a bar, admitting that to have the conversation they’re about to... (full context)
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Tommy tried to get some space away from Amy without breaking up with her, hoping that... (full context)
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After putting Tommy through weeks of hell, Amy dropped the charges—two weeks later, he received a typed anonymous... (full context)
39. Nick Dunne, Eight Days Gone (3)
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Realizing that his 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.... (full context)
47. Nick Dunne, Ten Days Gone (3)
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...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 towards Amy’s innocence.... (full context)
59. Nick Dunne, Thirty Days After the Return
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...but Boney knows 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... (full context)