Somehow I had never heard of Gillian Flynn and chose Gone Girl on a whim. Wow! I was delighted with the surprise turn this novel takes. I'm not the biggest fan of unexpected plot twists--they are difficult to do well and often come across as gratuitous or desperate. I didn't see it coming and was definitely snookered, in the best way possible. Flynn weaves her narrative turn into the fabric of the story like a master and loses not a whisper of momentum as the story rushes to its intriguing conclusion.
I went on to (happily) read Flynn's other novels and am now officially a fan, waiting as patiently as I can for whatever she writes next.
Concise, believable and HILARIOUS!!! even repeated!
When he realizes the living-room had been set up and "I am the Bitch that made YOU Better…" That is great.
Yes. It made me laugh greatly and wiser with humor
Not so many details.
Not this author.
The book is so annoying I could not say. Change everything.
Drama, Twists, Diary Style
I enjoyed the Diary style of it, as a change of pace from other styles of novels. Both Whelan and Heyborne were also definitely acting their parts, as opposed to simply reading them, so the performance was very interesting to listen to.
Writing reviews is work. Therefore, I need to be really happy or really unhappy with a book to write one.
...should go to Nick and Amy. But maybe that is the whole point of the book? It is hard to stick with a book when you find the characters to be so unlikeable, but soon after it began I moved into "thank god I don't have anyone like this in my life" space and stuck around to see how low they would go. Stupid (Nick) and Unlikeable (Amy) as they are, the readers capture them perfectly. And Gillian Flynn is certainly on top of current popular culture. There is a great part about 3 hours in where Nick compares reality to TV - this book compares TV to reality.
I have noticed that a some point after writing one, or generally two, very serious and critically acclaimed books, very good writers tend to turn out a movie script - I'm hoping this is Ms. Flynn's and that she has gotten it out of her system. I'm waiting for winter SAD season to pass before listening to Sharp Objects, but Dark Places - yes VERY VERY DARK - was very very good - Gone Girl simply doesn't compare with its depth and characterization, so if you didn't like it, don't dismiss Ms. Flynn, but you may want to wait for next spring.
I would recommend it.
I liked the husband, the wife was scary to me. She seemed to evil.
Have not yet.
Whelan was not good with other character voices. She was good as Amy though. Heyborne was adequate for this type of simple genre fiction, but probably wouldn't hold up to literature or anything too complex.
I don't think there was a single worthwhile character in the whole story. I am capable of enjoying horrible characters....Dracula - monster, Ripley - psychopathic multi-murderer, Humbert Humbert - sexual "deviant", and I love those characters and their stories. There is a way to write the horrible reality of humanity, even gut-wrenching suspense, and well-crafted twistedness doesn't have to be completely unredeeming so that you lose your readers' desire to continue. The story was clever in its concept, but the delivery was a complete failure. It felt like the author was playing both sides of a checkers game (not complex enough to use chess as an example), so that every time Nick did "this," she would flip to decide what Amy would do, and vice versa.
SPOILER ---> She was clever to make the diary a fiction, and not reveal that until it was time to bring Amy back into the story, but it was otherwise just a story filled with incredibly unlikable people doing shitty things to each other. A murder mystery without a murder, and not very mysterious... <-- END SPOILER.
I shudder to think that this has been optioned as a movie because the producer thinks the story has strong female characters. If this is an example of strong female character, I'll take the 1940s any day of the week. A woman in the role of a murdering manipulative psychopath is just a murdering manipulative psychopath, not a strong woman. The female detective still depended on the man to play "bad cop," and never did anything remotely remarkable in investigation; the sister was a blubbering whiny baby; the mother was an enabling, codependent, airhead; the girlfriend was a clingy twit...and then she assaulted him...but she got the "atta girl" from him when she didn't answer his telephone call - wow - No...these are not strong women. The strongest woman in the story, was Nick.
In the suspense/mystery genre, there are much much better writers out there; this is NOT a 5-star book. It's at 3 at a stretch, but for me it's a 2.
This was a captivating book and i want my friends to read it so we can discussion it.
I liked both of their performances.
The ending, which i hated.
This was certainly intriguing! I found myself rooting for one character and then the other. This story is sure to captivate you and even drive you to self reflection. It is entertaining, moves quickly and does not disappoint.