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This was a good thriller but it had a lot of adult content in it.
A gripping story about a marriage gone bad. This book is well written, and suspenseful.
This was an interesting psychological thriller, more psychological than thriller. Nick and Amy are a typical American couple; in their late 30s, married, celebrating their 5th wedding anniversary, recently lost their jobs to the recession, and moving away from their adult home and closer to Nick's childhood home to care for his aging parents. It would seem they are average in every way. But when Amy disappears, the cops begin digging below the surface, and each piece that is revealed paints a different picture of their marriage.
Gillian Flynn has created a unique story, with characters that are incredibly different and... psychotic. I recommend this book for anyone who likes a good character study.
As others have said, part of the novelty of this novel is its multiple points of view (and varyingly reliable/unreliable narrator schtick). The mystery of what's "really" going on is handled well, and the book doesn't condemn the ugly humanity of its unsavory characters. But the most shocking part to me was the element of the ending that is almost boring in how commonplace it is; an everyday, frequent-in-relationships thing reveals itself to be more mind-blowing than all the big drama pushing-credibility stuff. That was the best surprise in the book, to me.
I tried to read the book, and I even watched the movie. But none of the characters were likable except for Go and Nick's dead mother. This was not an enjoyable read and the movie is 2.5 hours of my life that I'll never get back. It sucked.
I had heard good things about this book and decided to put it on my list before the movie came out. I'm glad I read it. It was a page turner. I'm excited to see how it matches up to the movie. I hear it will be different.
All of my friends were talking about this book so I thought it would be a fun summer read. I could not put this book down! I loved reading the book from both perspectives, and I did not see the twist coming at all. Highly recommended!
This book blew me away. It kept me guessing the whole time, and the ending was a zinger. I usually don't like books where the characters are unlikeable, but this was the exception. In this case, some were so unlikeable that it was almost fun. A great psychological thriller - one of my favorites.
I don't understand what all the hype was about the book either. It had an interesting premise, but just went on and on and on. I thought it would never end, and then when it did, I hated the ending. The characters are unlikeable, except for Nick's sister, Go. Maybe Flynn should write a book about her.
This book is very well paced, and the "he said, she said" alternate-chapter structure allows for lots of compelling cliffhangers that make you want to read two chapters ahead.
Some of the plot points aren't as surprising as they may have been meant to be, but Flynn does a great job of making you wonder whom among this mostly unlikeable group you're supposed to root for (if anyone).
An unsettling display of humanity's baser side, with everyone crassly pursuing his or her most self-serving instincts without much regard for whom they will hurt. The characters are fleshed-out and knowable, whether of not you'd ever like to know them.
This is probably Gyllian Flynn's best book yet. Its very suspenseful... cant wait for the movie to come out!
What I find absolutely fascinating about this book is that it may be the first time in my life that I liked a book without ever *really* liking any of the main characters! There were times when I understood them, or admired them (in certain senses), or respected them... but rarely if ever did I find myself whole-heartedly on their side and rooting for them.
It is an incredibly hard book to review without giving spoilers, so I will just say that the first half, even though there was a clear mystery, was far less compelling of a read than the second half. Once I hit the mid-point, I could barely put the book down. It is well-written, intricately woven, and cleverly put together. I can't wait for the book club discussion.
In the first few pages of Gillian Flynn's new novel Gone Girl, I was thinking, "This is it -- one of those rare novels that's unique and totally engrossing, cleverly plotted so that each new development has me astounded and eager to find out what happens next." Then the story continued as Midwestern husband Nick began to deal with his wife Amy's sudden disappearance and some gradually revealed details that might cast doubt on his own innocence in the matter. During that time, the book dropped down from the level of extraordinary to merely somewhat intriguing. However, once I reached Part Two of Gone Girl ("Boy Meets Girl"), it was like Ms Flynn kicked it up a notch, and the book became amazing again. Without giving any spoilers, Part Two unveils some major plot twists that cast Amy's status in an entirely new light. From that point on, the story moves along in powder keg fashion: the fuse has been lit, and it's only a question of how long 'til the explosion, and how much damage will be done when it happens. Flynn has a distinctive writing style that really involved me in what was going on with her two main characters. I had previously purchased but not yet read her Sharp Objects (after several recommendations). Now I will have to read it, and also get her first book, Dark Places. Only one warning, though: Gone Girl contains a fair amount of foul language. This was not a problem for me, but it might be for some readers.
This was one of my book club's selections. Several people in my the book club couldn't get through it, it was so bad. I have no idea why this became a bestseller.
The beginning is syrupy and lame. I slogged through the middle of it, practically skimming it. The ending was worth reading, if you've already read the beginning, but all in all, an awful book. Odious characters and bad writing-- all the plot twists in the world couldn't save this one.
Go read, "Where'd you go, Bernadette" if you want to read an epistolary style mystery novel that's actually good.
I am not generally a reader of fiction, especially modern fiction, but this was a well-written and well thought out book. It draws the reader in from the first page and does not dumb down thoughts and ideas by using elementary vocabulary (as most modern books seem to do). It reminds me of a classic Grisham novel but with more twists and turns.
This book sort of grabbed me after the first transition, but overall, I can't see what the hype was about. It was disturbing, and kind of irritating to see both of these totally unlikeable characters evolve. But I didn't think it was particularly innovative. Everyone involved in this story was either weak, crazy, a jerk, or all together. The ending was realistic but totally disappointing. Overall, it was pretty depressing.
A really well-written psychological thriller. I enjoyed the three different voices used (his, hers, her diary). I honestly expected a very different ending until at least two-thirds of the way through the book. His fascination with the shape of her head made me think he'd done something to it. I was pleasantly (!) surprised that things went in a very different direction.
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