Men actually think this girl exists. Maybe they’re fooled because so many women are willing to pretend to be this girl. For a long time Cool Girl offended me. I used to see men – friends, coworkers, strangers – giddy over these awful pretender women, and I’d want to sit these men down and calmly say: You are not dating a woman, you are dating a woman who has watched too many movies written by socially awkward men who’d like to believe that this kind of woman exists and might kiss them.” – Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
Initial thoughts: For whatever reason, I delayed and delayed to read (and eventually finish Gone Girl). I had Gone Girl recommended to me at least three times by three different people. Generally, murder-mysteries aren’t my thing. But, as I was soon to find out, Gone Girl is more than a murder-mystery.
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. 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?” Goodreads
I had placed Gone Girl on the backburner for so long that I ended up watching the movie first. I know this is a major faux-pas rule for any bookworm. If I could go back in time, I would tell my past self “don’t watch the movie until I had read the book. Unfortunately, I don’t own a time machine, though chances are, I would probably use it on something more important.
Usually, I don’t spend two months on one book. As much as I loved the storyline, I found myself putting the book down for a week or two, then picking it up again. I just couldn’t bring myself to read it consistently. When I got to the last 150 pages, it didn’t take long for me to finish the book. But honestly, the middle of the book is extremely slow and hard to get into.
The story is told through alternating perspectives. Nick and Amy have been married for five years. They used to be successful writers living blissfully in New York until both of them lose their jobs in the recession. On the outside, Nick and Amy is the perfect couple. On the inside, a long series of bitterness envelops them into a loveless marriage. On the day of their fifth anniversary, Amy mysteriously disappears under auspicious circumstances. Everyone begins to believe Nick is the killer.
If you are hoping to read about likeable characters who are easy to have empathy for, this isn’t the book for you. The only character I liked in the entire book was Margo “Go,” Nick’s sister. Nick and Amy, the two main characters embroiled in this murder-mystery, are probably the most flawed characters I have ever encountered. Though, I have to admit that they are two fascinatingly flawed pieces of work who deserve each other in every way.
I wish I could give this book a higher rating, but the fact that it took me so long to read is evidence enough that the book wasn’t so spectacular. In the middle, the writing fell flat and everything felt dragged out. I understand the need for suspense, but there is a fine balance between suspense and just pure boredom. It is difficult to fully explain my frustration because I would be giving away the huge twists and turns of the novel. As I had said earlier that I had watched the movie before I read the book, I knew what was coming. The build-up of suspense just didn’t work out for me.
I would recommend this book to those who have not seen the movie. Aside from the excruciating pacing, the writing is excellent, and the characters are wonderfully malicious.
About the Book Title: Gone Girl Author: Gillian Flynn Series: N/A Pages: 415 Year Published: 2012 Genres & Subjects: fiction, mystery, contemporary, crime, thriller
Until Next Time,