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Gone Girl – A Review of Sorts

2012 December 7

A while back when I mentioned I was about to start the widely acclaimed Gillian Flynn novel “Gone Girl” a reader here asked me to share a review once I was done. I told her I would have to see what I thought of it first…

I have trouble committing, can you tell?

Anyhow, now I am done (and that says a lot because I get about 4.5 minutes per day to read in quiet, so it takes me eons to finish a novel). And I am glad I didn’t promise a review.

Because I hate to be a hater.

Now in all fairness, I didn’t hate it. In fact, I enjoyed a big part of it. I tend to appreciate books set in modern times, the characters were easy to follow, realistic and interesting. The plot line had just enough twists and turns to keep me compelled.

But then there was the ending. I actually thought my Kindle was malfunctioning and had lost the last two chapters or something. I clicked next page and previous page back and forth furiously trying to find the real ending but it turned out…this was it.

I actually sat up in bed and said “What the fuck” aloud. I felt a little robbed, a little cheated, a little concerned that maybe I was a big old flake and this was just too over my head to comprehend. But then I took to Twitter (obviously) and it turned out I was not the only one left feeling this way.

So I will spare you a detailed review. I think Ms. Flynn is a great writer and storyteller and I will probably consider reading another one of her books one day.

Her editor, on the other hand, owes me a drink.

Next up: “The End of Your Life Book Club” recommended by the lovely Theresa of Inspiration Cooperative.

6 Responses
  1. liz duncan permalink
    December 7, 2012

    “Gone Girl” was the first book I read in my new book club. There were certain parts in the book where I didn’t want to stop reading because I had to know what was going to happen next. And like you said, “the ending.” I realize the whole book is full of things that would never happen, but the ending, what the frick? Lame.

    By the way, so is that something that the Editor would read over and tell the Author to change or how does that work?

  2. Deb L permalink
    December 7, 2012

    I agree… I couldn’t believe the ending either…

  3. December 7, 2012

    Ha, I liked the ending! Controversial, sure, but fun. Her first two books are even darker and less commercial but also great.

    You’ll enjoy End of Your Life. It’s a beautiful book.

  4. December 7, 2012

    So glad you feel the same way about the ending! Didn’t ruin the book for me, but still…I was listening to it on Audible, and I also thought the program had malfunctioned.

  5. August 5, 2013

    I totally agree with you, I HATED the ending, it was SO disappointing!!

    I thought the middle part was the best, that was gripping….I guess what I found so hard was that there wasn’t one character that I really liked, they were all totally unappealing!

    I can see Ben Affleck as Nick, it’ll be interesting how good – or not – the film is.

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