I went into this book completely blind, thinking that it would be some run of the mill true crime-inspired novel that would merely be interesting. I had no idea that I was in for a one way express ticket to Crazy Town, and that the lives of all of the characters in this book were seriously and irreparably $%ed up.
This book is as much a character study as it is a page turning psychological thriller. In summary, it is dark, depressing, and frustrating. To be perfectly honest, the ending is terribly disappointing. I finished the book with this overwhelming sense of melancholy. So much was futile. So much was a waste.
Was it a good book worth reading? Yes and no. It was not uplifting, it does not provide meaningful closure to any of the characters, and the author has no qualms regarding foul language or descriptions of sexual situations in ways that seem intended more for their shock value than their contributions to the plot. It kept me reading and it kept me guessing, but in the end its just not a book that I am excited about, or one that I want to tell people about. In truth, it was an average book. It just didn't suit my tastes, and Im still disappointed with the ending.
Be ready to stay awake at night until you finish this book. It grabs you from the first page, and that's exactly what I was hoping for. I had just finished one that wore me out so was ready for a picker-upper. I found it! The whole story is like a runaway train that keeps picking up speed until ..... until the end. That's where I experienced a serious jolt of depression. Man! I know it's probably the perfect wind-up for everything, but I'm the kind of person who just HAS to have exactly the right ending to the stories I like best. To Gillian Flynn and many, many, of her readers I'm sure this was the only possible one that made sense, but not to me. I was disappointed. Hence the four stars. Otherwise it was a five star book. The writing was good, the buildup was excellent, the characters were great, but oh that ending! Read it, but be forewarned.
Holy Hell. What a great book! It totally lived up to the hype! I didnt see the movie and I didnt really hear too much about what the book was about so I didnt know what to expect - and that made it even better.
It definitely reminded me of the Scott Peterson story with the cheating husband getting rid of this pregnant wife, but Amy what a twist! I went from being on Amys side to hating her in a matter of 5 minutes! Yet, just like Nick, I couldnt help but admire her for all the patience and planning that went into her disappearance! Thats dedication! I think most people have thought could I get away with the perfect murder in passing, but Amy actually REALLY thought about and planned it out. As much I hate Amy and think shes crazy - shes smart and dedicated.
I heard great things about this book. It definitely lives up to all of the hype. Gone Girl grabbed me from the beginning. For anyone in a relationship - you can relate to what both Nick and Amy are going through (at least in the beginning). The ending really makes you think and wonder. One of my favorite books.