Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Review
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Hello everyone! So, in January, I bought Gone Girl* by Gillian Flynn; I found it online on bookholders.com for a cent or so and I’d heard good things about it so I got it. I read and finished it in a couple days and y’all, I had some kind of feelings, I still do! I mean, I wrote a review on Goodreads asap on January 28 and, even now, in April, I still think about how much I did not like this book so I give Gillian props for that at least. Anyways, I was thinking I would do a joint book and movie review on the blog since I thought maybe the movie could be better but I can’t really find the movie and one clip I saw on Youtube was really disappointing so I’m just gonna review the book (more than I did on GR). Before I get into it, though, here’s the synopsis via Goodreads:
“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?”
Sounds interesting, right? I thought so too….
When I finished the book, I struggled with whether GG was an ok book or if I really did not like it and I still am stuck because, as I so eloquently said on GR, it ‘sucked so much’ but there was a certain okness to it I guess. Let me explain:
Writing (C-): It was not written well at all. Like, I just didn’t like how things were described and everything had so much darkness surrounding it if that makes sense? Like even happy-ish parts felt like there was some sinister thing overhanging. I’m not sure how much of this was actually a written thing but the entire book just gave off a blegh mood and that affected how I read the writing.
Characters (C-): I didn’t like any of the main characters and most of the other characters save for maybe Go and Tanner & Betsy. That was it. SMH.
Plot (D): Ok the plot was really annoying because I thought it would be interesting but then it just wasn’t ok specifically since I guessed the end as soon I read the synopsis. Then again, though, I’ve read a lot of mysteries/thrillers so not a lot surprises me now. Also, the book has twists of course (I mean, it is a mystery/thriller, that’s pretty much guaranteed) but like they just got boring/ugh by the end. I don’t know how to properly describe it but there were so many times I just wanted the book to end and was so close to DNFing. It’s a mystery, though, so I felt like I needed to make sure it was as bad as I thought, or if there would be some kind of redemption in terms of plot but there wasn’t. It was just so ugh. Like it sucked that I knew what the end would be and usually, that wouldn’t be the worst thing, but I also just did not like the way it got to it. Idk I just don’t care for this book.
Anyways, this book was disappointing for me but you might like it*! TBH, esp because of how much I didn’t like the book, I’d really like to hear what you guys think of the book! Also, have you guys watched the movie? If so, what did you think of that (vs the book)? Let me know what you think in the comments below! Thanks, have a great day/night and tata for now!
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