Sunday, August 11, 2013

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Phoenix (June 2012)

Marriage can be a real killer.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet? (From Goodreads.com)

*Very mild spoilers*

I am sure many people out there have at least heard of Gone Girl, if not read it. It was one of the most talked about books of 2012 and is being made into a movie due for release in 2015 (Ben Affleck is involved).

After skimming through the hoards of positive reviews online, I decided to give Gone Girl a shot, even though it falls well outside of my usual genre.

I have never been so disappointed with a book in my life. Never has a book evoked such strong emotions (mainly hatred) in me. I wanted to run to Goodreads and yell at everyone who rated this book highly. And ask them, "What the hell did you people read? Did you even get to the end of the book?"

Please don't misunderstand me. It is well-written. At times the writing is spot-on perfect. I can totally understand why people, who are used to reading crap like 50 Shades of Grey, think this book is the most amazing thing ever. Gillian Flynn can write.

What she cannot do, however, is tell a story.

The characters are awful, despicable examples of humanity. Nick is an emotionless sack of shit and Amy is a spoiled-rotten, self-involved cow who will go to any lengths to get what she wants. Why should I care about these people? I have better things to do. Like clean the sleep out of my cat's eyes.

The story is slow. I was hoping for something thrilling as this is a "thriller" is it not.

No.

It starts off well. I was duped into thinking this was going to be a cracker of a book with mystery and murder and mayhem and then we start going around in circles. The story goes nowhere for 200 pages. Nick feels sorry for his pretty self. People hate him. I hate him. I start wondering if I should clip my toenails. It's epic stuff.

And the climax? The whole reason why we read books? What a letdown. Amy is loathsome, vile and her actions led me to wishing that very unsavoury things would happen to her. I was expecting so much more.

Why is this book so popular? When I wasn't bored I was angry.

This is the LAST time I read a book based on the hype around it.

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