Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

2 stars

“There’s a difference between really loving someone and loving the idea of her.”

Well, that was a colossal waste of my time. This book is a perfect example of why I hardly ever delve into the mystery genre.

“Friends see most of each other’s flaws. Spouses see every awful last bit.”

Gone Girl is the story of Nick and Amy. Nick and Amy are a married couple who moved from New York to Missouri after losing both of their jobs.

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Nick comes home one day and discovers the front door wide open and signs of a struggle inside.

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Upon investigation, Nick tells lies and acts strangely and suspiciously. As the days continue to pass without any sign of Amy, the police begin to turn their focus on Nick…

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***I will say, I think that the movie casting is perfect. So no collage casting in this review. David Fincher did well….

I truly believe that if you intend to read the book, you need to go in completely oblivious. So please, if you are planning to read this at all, DO NOT READ ANYTHING IN MY SPOILER SECTION BELOW. Thank you.

“Can you imagine, finally showing your true self to your spouse, your soul mate, and having him not like you?”

Many people have told me that I only guessed the surprise because I knew it was there. I find that incredibly insulting to my intelligence, because I guessed it fairly early on in the book (about 50 pages in) and the only reason I kept reading instead of quitting was to see if I was correct or if it was a different twist. I wanted to see what was so damn special about this book. Personally, I felt it was fairly obvious but I also went through a giant mystery book genre binge when I was in high school. It’s not an original plot people. Just watch CSI, Law and Order SVU, and more. The plot of this book was very similar to the beginning of the movie Double Jeopardy in which Ashley Judd is convicted for the murder of her husband only to find out later he faked his death. Sound familiar???

“There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold.”

This book also perfectly explains why I stay away from the mystery genre, because 90% of the time, it’s fairly obvious to me “who done it”. I have a hard time watching crime shows anymore because there’s a formula to it, and it’s pretty darn easy to pinpoint who committed the crime based on the information given. And based on the information given in this book, there were only so many directions in which this book could have gone.

I mean, it practically says it all in the title. The title is not “Dead Wife” it’s “Gone Girl”, which implies that she is gone and not dead. So going into the book knowing there was a twist did not help me figure it out. I will say however, the enormous amount of hype surrounding this book made me feel incredibly underwhelmed. And by this I mean, my expectations when starting this book had me thinking I’d be riveted from the beginning until the end. Instead, I had to push myself to keep reading. I knew the beginning was slow, but in fact, the entire damn book was slow. I found myself skimming toward the end just to see what happened and so that I could finally be done with it.

I also don’t understand why Amy was all insulted that her husband didn’t love the true her, when she always pretended to be someone else? What was she expecting? He would fall in love with one woman and then be happy to be married to a stranger? I mean obviously she was a ginormous sociopath, but it seems weird to me that someone that brilliant could lack the common sense to know that if you change yourself from the ideal into reality, lots of people may not be down with this!

And WTF was that ending? It seems like the author didn’t know how to end a story like this. It’ll be interesting to see how the movie ends, because she was the screenwriter and supposedly she rewrote the ending. So at least readers of the book will be surprised.

I will say though, bravo to the author on the character building and development of Amy. That bitch is fucking crazy! I mean, she literally made me feel sick to my stomach for the entire final ¼ of the book. *shudders*.

So if you don’t read much mystery, I think you might enjoy this book.

1 star because it was interesting, another star because it was written well = 2 stars total

“Love makes you want to be a better man. But maybe love, real love, also gives you permission to just be the man you are.”


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