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I hear so many different comments about this book, many bad, a few good. So let me know what you think.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Not read
 
  84 votes, 38.4%

Love this book
 
  78 votes, 35.6%

Just Okay
 
  35 votes, 16.0%

Hate this book
 
  22 votes, 10.0%


Poll added by: Sean



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message 1: by Mark (new)

Mark Birchall Film out later this year


message 2: by Fos (new)

Fos Here's what I think: If you read a lot of thriller/crime/police novels, you will have read this book already. Her work is somewhat derivative, and if you are accustomed to actively following the investigation with the writer, you will have figured out what happens right away. I know I did.

Having said this, the book is very well written, and it is entertaining and intriguing. The characters are believable as is (partially) the plot.

Think of it this way: do you remember how stunned you were the first time you saw a magic trick as a kid? You were totally engrossed and mystified. Now you are older, and the trick is no longer fascinating, but you appreciate the effort, and in general- even though you realize magic does not exist - you let the mastery of the illusionist take you away.
This is the book.


message 3: by Irene (new)

Irene I found absolutely nothing to like about this book apart from finishing it and putting it in the 'get rid of' pile.


message 4: by Ingo (new)

Ingo Bought this and her other 2 books after reading quite a lot of non-spoiler-reviews and a few interviews with her. Oh, just checked, this was April 2013. And still on my To-Be-read-List. Ouch. Must read it before the film.
Actually people hating this book tipped my decision to buy it, I do not generally trust 4-5 star reviews.


message 5: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Rejminiak Tried to read it, did not enjoy it after 30 pages. DNF. Not likely to return to it.


message 6: by Carrie (new)

Carrie Rubin I had trouble putting this one down. Loved it.


message 7: by Julie (last edited Jul 12, 2014 09:39AM) (new)

Julie I think many people missed the point. You really aren't supposed to like or relate to the characters. In large part this book is satirical. None of this could have happened if the cops and the media weren't so predictable. It was laugh out loud funny in some places. I Loved every single page from start to finish.


message 8: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Thompson Her best book yet & absolutely un-put-down-able!


message 9: by Christine (new)

Christine I have not read Gone Girl, but plan to at some point, primarily to see what all the polarity is about. I am very curious to see how I like it (or not).

Chris


message 10: by Beth (new)

Beth I'm not doing the poll because I have to vote for one extreme or the other. I neither loved it nor hated it. Part 1 was excellent, part 2 OK, and the end was stupid.


message 11: by Kandice (new)

Kandice Taking a road trip with my hubby. We've downloaded the audiobook for the drive. Will get back to you soon :-)


Laura/Mystery in Minutes I too am not going to vote because, while I liked it very much, I didn't adore it.
I do think that it is a book that possibly speaks more to women than to men.


message 13: by Mitsy (last edited Jul 12, 2014 10:30AM) (new)

Mitsy Well, I think the first half is too slow and I hate the ending. However, I love the surprise.


message 14: by Elaine (new)

Elaine Ingo wrote: "Bought this and her other 2 books after reading quite a lot of non-spoiler-reviews and a few interviews with her. Oh, just checked, this was April 2013. And still on my To-Be-read-List. Ouch. Must ..."

I saw it on the 50p charity book shelf, so if I don't like it, I am only down 50p :D


message 15: by Skye (new)

Skye Skye I voted that I loved this book; however,I didn't love it, but I did find it interesting and very nicely developed. It has multiple narrators, something Louise Erdrich does manage well; Gone Girl does a pretty good job, especially when the protagonist writes in an epistolary manner, but truly one is the real Amy and the other is a prototype (both are believable). It's good, over raved, I am afraid.


message 16: by Monnie (new)

Monnie Liked it, not loved, so the available poll responses are moot for me. Gave it 4 stars: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 17: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie I liked it, but hated the characters. Don't think it was worthy of all the hype


message 18: by Sanda (new)

Sanda I am really glad I read this book before all the hype (both good and bad). Books, film, music - the pleasure we derive from them is extremely subjective. At first when I started rating books on here, I attempted to rate them based on some sort of objective scale. Once I realized that it's hard to compare apples and oranges, I simply decided to embrace the subjective experience. And that applies to this book too - regardless of all the hype.

In my humble opinion this is one genre where it's particularly hard to be innovative - very often those who have read quite a few books of this genre at least suspect what the right answer might be. Books that I enjoy the most are the ones that keep my brain wheels turning - not letting me feel completely certain of my guess. This book did that for me - I experienced quite a bit of pleasure at that moment when everything fell into place. I also enjoyed Flynn's writing style and the pace of the storyline. And though I couldn't really relate to either of the main characters, I found that I "got to know" them really well through the book - and for me it's enough to have one or the other (ideally both but can't always be greedy). And I did recommend this book to others (those I know have a similar taste to mine). Those are some of the reasons I voted "love this book".


message 19: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth I'm an avid reader so I usually figure the end out way before the book ends. This book had a few surprising twists which I really enjoyed. It was a quick and easy read with a rather weak ending, but I'm glad I read it. I'll see the movie for sure.


message 20: by Julie (new)

Julie Sanda wrote: "I am really glad I read this book before all the hype (both good and bad). Books, film, music - the pleasure we derive from them is extremely subjective. At first when I started rating books on her..."

Sandra,
It sounds like you "got" what the author would like you to. I think so many people who have said they didn't relate to either of the main characters, thus didn't like the book didn't understand what Flynn was trying to accomplish. No, these were not likeable people at all, and God I hope no one related to them. If you read the book as a thriller and only a thriller you are missing the point. The book was much more than that.


message 21: by Sanda (new)

Sanda Julie wrote: "Sanda wrote: "I am really glad I read this book before all the hype (both good and bad). Books, film, music - the pleasure we derive from them is extremely subjective. At first when I started ratin..."

I am glad I am not the only one who experienced the book that way. I haven't read any of her other books although I did buy them (just haven't gotten around to it) - but I really did write the way her mind + pen/keyboard(lol) work.

At the same time I really do get this could be one of those love/hate situations for the readers out there. I tend to stir clear of books and movies that create such a buzz - I find it distorts my expectations and therefore my true experience of the work. For the most part I luck out and end up reading books before they become popular. I do remember the craze that Pulp fiction (the movie) created and refusing to watch it for 4 years after that, just so I could remove myself sufficiently from all the craze :) that's just me though :)


message 22: by Julie (new)

Julie Sanda wrote: "Julie wrote: "Sanda wrote: "I am really glad I read this book before all the hype (both good and bad). Books, film, music - the pleasure we derive from them is extremely subjective. At first when I..."
Yes, I agree. Hype ruins things for me too. I also read this book before it was on the bestseller list forever. Thank goodness!


message 23: by Suzy (new)

Suzy I will weigh in also vs. vote, unless you would add "mixed feelings". I loved it while I was listening (and the audiobook production is outstanding) and thought the writing was excellent, warranting a rating of 5 stars. But I also felt after reading it that I needed to take a shower and wash away any residue of those despicable people! As others have said, I don't think Flynn's intent was to portray likable or relatable characters.


Tea Time with Marce I voted hate it and feel like I hate even more with the hype it received. I do read thrillers all the time so I wasn't surprised I figured out the middle but it was a struggle to get there, I continued on because it just had to get better, but nope.

I thought the author tried to manipulate the reader, I call it the trying to be clever style, hate it.


message 25: by HornFan2 (Mike) (new)

HornFan2 (Mike) It's on my Kindle, just haven't read it yet.


message 26: by Jeanette (new)

Jeanette I loved it and did a review of it on Goodreads months ago. I did not like her earlier books. The characters were really unlikeable and the brutality was graphic.


Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Haven't read it yet, it is next in my pile, but now might leave it a while longer....


message 28: by Rachel (new)

Rachel I loved this book and consider myself a Flynn fan. I remember wanting to read this as soon as it came out but some inconsiderate jerk online decided to post a unmarked major spoiler regarding the end (i'm still irritated about this lol). Someone told me i'd probably still enjoy it if i liked character studies and posted an excerpt- i bought the book and it's now an all time favorite-her writing is exceptional in my opinion.

if you like dark and twisted tales-give it a try-love it or hate it -you won't forget it ;)


message 29: by Cathryn (new)

Cathryn I didn't love it - started off intrigued, ended up feeling it was too contrived.


Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* I just want to forget this whole discussion before I start it. Going on holiday next month - might take it along.


message 31: by Lavada (new)

Lavada Sean, I try not to let opinion affect my reading. Personalities are so different. I will read opinions but if I think the book sounds good, I will go ahead and at least start it. Now I may go to the library to get ut instead if purchasing. Give it a try!


message 32: by Sean (new)

Sean Peters Mod
Hi Everyone,

I have added another answer to the poll.

Just Okay.

Interesting comments


message 33: by Susan (new)

Susan I had a hard time getting into it in the beginning. It did get better and I thought it was pretty good. I would have to stay it was better than just okay but not quite in the love it category.


message 34: by Sean (new)

Sean Peters Mod
Susan, our 1,000 member of our group !!

It has been on my bookshelf for months, just not sure when I will read it, with so many other books to read first!


message 35: by M.L. (new)

M.L. Jacobs I'm currently reading Gone Girl. I'm just over half way and really loving it now, though the first about 25% of the book didn't really grab me at all and I almost gave up - glad I didn't.


message 36: by Karen (new)

Karen This was the first book I read by this author. As soon as I finished it, I went out and read the other two. Actually not looking forward to the movie because, 1) I don't like the actor playing the husband, and 2) it is going to be different from the book. I saw a preview and read a comment from the author about the fact that the movie will not follow the book.


message 37: by Gina (last edited Jul 13, 2014 01:18PM) (new)

Gina First off, I read this book before all the hype started, so I think that helped. I voted in the poll that I loved it. HOWEVER, I didn't love the ending. I never expected an ending quite like that one, and it left me feeling very disappointed. BUT, after discussing it with others that have read it, I've since come to accept the ending a little more and have become somewhat ok with it. Otherwise, it was great all the way through, and I couldn't put it down. I still think she could have come up with a better ending, though. In fact, I sat for days afterward thinking up my own endings! Other than that, I loved it!


message 38: by Ryan (last edited Jul 13, 2014 01:23PM) (new)

Ryan Tobin I really didn't care for Gillian Flynn's writing style. I gave up on it about 100 pages in.


message 39: by Maikku (new)

Maikku I did not hate it but I did not like it either. The first half was dragging. I had already figured out what was going on. The only reason I finished was because I wanted to know the ending and it was disappointing.


message 40: by Col (new)

Col Not read bit it's on the pile


message 41: by Jonetta (new)

Jonetta I ended up where Julie and Sanda did. Didn't really see it as a thriller and loved the writing style. The character development was outstanding and it evoked a range of emotions throughout the story. That's most of what I ask for in a book.

Loved it.


message 42: by DeeAnn (new)

DeeAnn Garner Williams My sisters and I went to the movies on Friday night and saw the preview. My oldest sister said she'd read it and really enjoyed the book. She is going to let me borrow it.

Books are always better than the movies!


message 43: by David (new)

David Jarrett Hated this book. Quit on it after reading the first third of it. It wasn't the story itself that was so bad -- it is how this author writes. First person, too many adjectives, adverbs, and four-letter words, and half of the book in present tense -- awful, at least for me. But to each his (or her) own!

DRJ


message 44: by Brigitta (new)

Brigitta Moon Here is my review of this book a week after I read it. Once I started reading Gone Girl, I couldn't stop. The twist floored me. I won't spoil it for those who haven't read it. After the twist I was even more engrossed in the book.The story keeps moving, keeps you focused on what will happen next. As I approached the end with not much time to go, I just could not imagine how this story would end. I geared myself up for a bomb shell. I was so geared up that when the end came, I didn't know how to feel. There was no bomb shell. I finished Gone Girl a week ago and I'm still pondering what to feel about that ending. I still long for the bomb shell. Am I disappointed I spent time reading this novel? No way. I just wanted a different ending.


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