Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Published: 2012 Pages: 415
Rating: Conflicted (prob 4/5)
In Short: He said, She said rollercoaster
Why I read it: First for A Real Bookstore book club, and then for my work book club. I was curious from all of the massive hype surrounding Gone Girl.
Thoughts in General: Going into this book I only knew that it was about marriage. And that at some point in the book, a girl was going to be gone (thanks title!). I always appreciate going into a book with as little knowledge of the plot as possible, but this also makes me tough for me to write reviews because I’m not sure how much information to provide to you. And I hate to be vague. See what a conundrum this is? Though I could fill up an entire post with just mindless rambling.
The Good: I’ve heard some mention that it took a while to be drawn into the story, that the characters are a bit flat at first. Not me. I was immediately sucked into the back and forth and never stopped trying to guess what was going to happen at the next turn. I even had to cover up the opposite page so my eyes wouldn’t wander down the unread words. There were parts that were easy to predict and clues along the way and while I guessed at the ending, I didn’t even see half of it. It's always great to find a book that constantly surprises. Another thing that I enjoyed about Gone Girl is the writing. Flynn's writing is sharp, witting, and biting but never dull.
The Bad: Mostly this book made me feel sad. It made me wonder if we ever truly know the loved ones in our lives. What secrets lie deeply buried and how much goes unsaid? I found myself feeling deeply wounded by the way that Nick and Amy battled and the selfish way that they carried on. On the other hand this book made me lucky to be in a love-filled relationship. Love isn’t all roses and rainbows and it takes work and compromise, but goodness gracious people--these characters are downright appalling. I'd even use the word disgusting. Sad and glad. Sad and glad.
The Worse: The trouble with these types of books that wind up so tightly is the resolution and this one made me feel cheated. But it also fits. Surely I'm not the only one who started to feel physically sick at the turns this book made near the end?
Bottom Line: After finishing this one I feel a little dirty recommending Gone Girl. It was a book that kept me up late reading “just one more chapter” and up early in the morning to squeeze in before work reading. It was intense and shocking. But in the end…I don’t want to recommend a book just because of shock value. I will say that as far as book club discussions go, we had a great time discussing. Lots to talk about!
Jill says it best in her review.
Have you read this one? What did you think? If you haven't read it, do you think you?