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3.0 out of 5 starsDragged on
Reviewed in Canada on August 2, 2020
This book started off good and kept me engaged then it dropped. I kept think how much longer do I have on this book. I even discussed it with a girlfriend that read the same book and she felt the same way. The middle to end dragged. Maybe you'll like it but it didn't impress me enough to recommend it
This book is okay as far as clarity is concerned but I have a few problems with the old verisimilitude, don't you know. For one thing, I find it REALLY hard to believe that any Amy would just let the robbery by her cohorts at the cabin units go unpunished. And I guess if I don't buy that one detail then I just don't buy the novel as a whole. Sorry.
4.0 out of 5 starsMasterful plotting, excellent writing
Reviewed in Canada on April 30, 2015
SPOILER ALERT. I had already seen the movie before reading the book (which is never a good idea) so I was already familiar with the basic plot line of the story. As a book usually does, it delves more deeply into the characters. The main character, Amy, is shockingly manipulative, devious, and self-involved. She is a modern-day psychopath. The writing is good and the story flows. The intricate plot is doled out to the reader absolutely perfectly. The author is talented enough to make Amy's story completely believable, and the book is a hundred times better than the movie.
I didn't care for the ending of the book, though I suppose it's consistent with the story. What Amy wants, Amy gets. My sense of justice wanted something better for her husband, though.
I picked this book up on the recommendation in Entertainment Weekly. Now I have been burned before purchasing books from their bests lists and such but this was a best sellers and I love finding new authors to read so I gave it a try. It just didn't grab me. Everything about the book was great but it just didn't grab me and pull me into that world. Without giving anything away, all the characters are pretty vile human beings so much so that by the end i really didn't care what happened to them. I usually judge a book by asking myself if I would retread it again (and I retread a lot of my books) but I can honestly say I wouldn't with Gone Girl cause by the time I finished I kinda wished all the characters had gone and never come back. It is well written and tells an interesting story but it just wasn't my thing. Would I recommend it to a friend? I would tell them to try it themselves cause it's one of those books that depends on the readers tastes. It was bitter for me but there are a lot of people out there who found it very sweet indeed.
An interesting read about a troubled couple (understatement of the century). I'm sure that almost everyone by now has either read the book or seen the movie but if you haven't; the story is written in a journal format providing prospective of two characters (the previously mentioned troubled couple). The perfect wife from a perfect marriage goes missing. But who did it? All the evidence, including the wife's journal, points to the clueless husband. But every story has two sides, though try convincing the media circus of that.
It took me a while to hear about the hype around Gone Girl but when I did, I decided to check it out. It's not my usual genre but books of this genre don't usually get so much hype so I wanted to give it a shot. Well the moment I started reading it I realized it would take a deadly earthquake for me to put it down. I love how I got so deep into Nick and Amy's heads that they stopped feeling like fictional characters and began to feel incredibly real. I read that this book is supposed to be about modern marriage. Well unless you marry a sociopath, it's unlikely that your marriage will end up like this one, but this is definitely a story of a marriage gone terribly wrong. One of them is evil, and the other is the victim. But who? You'll have to read the book to find out!
I loved this book so much I decided right away to buy Gillian Flynn's other books. Once summer ends and I fly back home, I will definitely be buying them. This book lost half a star because of the ending. It wasn't terrible, but it felt kind of blah. Like the ending to Dexter. I expected it to be way more dramatic and satisfying, and I was let down.
This book hooks you right from the start, and never lets go. It is an all consuming story of 2 main characters a husband and a wife. I dont like to give the plot away in my reviews and sometimes even reading the dust jacket is too much information. Suffice it to say this book reads like a Dateline show, and could very easily be true. It is current and very much of our times where human drama plays out in all types of public media forums. My mind kept flipping between caring for the wife, and then routing for the husband. But then you remember that it is fiction and Gillian's intuitive writing style makes every chapter more engrossing,as she exposes more and more of the minds and stories of these characters personalities. This book is very hard to put down, and I relished getting back to it in eagerness to find out what happens in the end. While the ending was not what I wanted to see happen, it is realistic and didnt deter my opinion of this very very good well written book. A must read if you are a fan of human story mystery/psych dramas.
If you've seen the movie, this is worth giving a shot to read - it divulges into more depth as is the case with most book to movie comparisons, but I do enjoy some of the added details in the book. The ending was a little.... eh. But, I mean if this is meant to tell a tale of modern day marriage, it's not as though the ending wouldn't be accurate in that sense. But in terms of the books overall rollercoaster, the ending is a little lackluster.
I finished the book in less than 3 days, compulsively turning page after page, needing to know what would happen next, who to trust, how it would all end. And, at the end, I can add one more thing to the list of things I know about this book:D. A brilliantly written and plotted mystery, a miasma of wretchedness and hate; a book that I devoured but deeply, utterly abhorred.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 18, 2017
I found this book disappointing. I was recommended it highly by a relative, it had been praised to the skies, and made into a successful film. I thought it was....OK. It held my interest, but I can't say I loved it. For a start, I loathe unreliable narrators; I feel it's a trend that is going too far, was interesting the first time it was done, but now just makes me feel...cheated, I suppose is the nearest word. And both the main characters were so unlikable and so unbelievable that I stopped caring about them part way through the book. It's well written, I'll give it that. I was told the plot had amazing twists - well, sorry, no, it doesn't; I guessed a lot of it in advance. So, to repeat myself...it's OK, but that's all.
1.0 out of 5 starsVery disappointed, i found it much overrated
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 25, 2021
The first half of the book is kind of ok, but the pace is slow and writting style quite bland. Then the second half picks up the pace but the story is so stretched and exagerated that it becomes phony, all the dramatism is gone and you are just wondering "does really anyone thinks this book is a good thriller?!"... Nothing impressed me in this book - the plot and characters are poorly built, the writting style is bland, the story turns into a pathetic parody. oh, and the big twist is actually quite predictable.
Some reviews on this page are for the author's other novels. This one is for Gone Girl. I agree this is a book you just can't put down. I've deducted one star because (a) I found Amy's character confusing up to the point where she reveals her true self. There was no explanation for some of Nick's comments like feeling awful because he tried to kiss her shoulder while she was asleep. But worse for me was that after 90 per cent of the book being like hurtling on a high speed train towards a dramatic conclusion, the dramatic conclusion didn't happen and the story kind of fizzled out like a damp squib. SPOILER ALERT - look away now if you haven't read the book. I felt the 'he said she said' format became quite annoying after Amy's return, and although it's entirely believable that they stayed together because of her evil power over him, it would have been a better ending if the power had become sexual and he had learned to take a masochistic pleasure in her enslavement of him - perhaps becoming like Desi.
It's been a long time since I read a psychological thriller and so I have had this at the top of the genre on my tbr for a while.
It took me a good 15/20% to get into the story but once I did I was hooked. I have to admit up until then I kept changing my mind about what happened but then it started becoming quite obvious.
It was around this point that I started changing my feelings towards the main characters - Nick & Amy - too. At first I was disliking one and warmed to the other, but then it completely reversed even with everything that kept coming out of the woodwork about them. Go though - I absoutely loved her and her wit all the way through!
I enjoyed the story but I wasn't totally struck on the writing style. I found the use of so many brackets quite distracting as I had to go back and reread the sentence at points. I did like the diary format though and it wasn't confusing for me going from past to present. The ending was a bit abrupt, though I think the story was the right length and there would have been information overload if it carried on.
All in all it was a gripping read and a 4* from me.