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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
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Jun 25, 12

bookshelves: borrowed, mystery
Read in June, 2012

I loved Sharp Objects and Dark Places, so I had high expectations for Gone Girl.

What I liked:
-I loved the way Flynn writes and the way she can get inside a character's head. It all seems so believable and alive. Nick and Amy both felt very realized
-Flynn's books always stick with me, which has to be a good thing. I remember and think about them well beyond when I finish reading them. Gone Girl is no exception
-the first part had me hooked - I couldn't put the book down

What wasn't working for me:
-the 2nd part required I put the book down and leave it for a few days because I was so angry. It just didn't feel right. Maybe too much time was spent setting up the first half? If we had moved on quicker, I may have felt less betrayed
-Amy and Nick were impossible to like, and that's hard for me to read. I had nothing invested in the outcome.
-the characters that may have been likable (Go? Boney?) seemed like afterthoughts. Having the surrounding cast appear only through the eyes of the disturbed Nick and Amy made them one-dimensional

Despite feeling vaguely disappointed by Gone Girl, I am still a huge fan of Gillian Flynn.
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message 1: by Pk (new) - rated it 1 star

Pk Why? The book was a clunker.

Nancy Go & Boney, indeed. The only likable characters in the book. I never like it when I hate both main characters. And I hate both Amy and Nick. I keep picturing a young James Spader (Pretty in Pink) as Nick and it does make me want to punch him!

Kellie Tara, I totally agree with you about the angry part. At one point I told someone "this book is making me so angry I don't know if I can finish it. I did, and I wish I hadn't!! Terrible. And I usually like messed up stuff like this.

Angela Completely agree.

Jenn Janson Medordi I feel betrayed, but I wonder if Nick felt just as betrayed as we did by a woman that lied about who she was? I think this was the point of the first half - to put us in Nick's shoes. Brillient!

Tammy To me this read like she just pick the story up from the newspaper of the guy who wife disappeared but she just added to it and the ending made me very angry . Angry I wasted my time on reading this book . Can not believe this was a best seller !

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