was stupid fun to read. I barreled through the majority of it in the space of a couple hours after work yesterday, which I rarely do (the last book that had me doing that was Mira Grant’s Blackout
). It’s not a necessity for a book to make me do that in order for me to love it, but it’s definitely a plus. Gillian’s prose is fantastic and the story is well-crafted - in the first two-thirds of the book, the plot’s surprises are created through a gradual reveal of information, so they don’t feel contrived or too dramatic.
I skimmed reviews on Goodreads before I went to write this because there were things I was waffling on and I needed some extra perspective. Some criticism I saw was related to not being able to care about Nick and Amy’s rich white people problems - but I think that’s misplaced. I don’t get the sense at all that Gillian wants you to care deeply about these people, or feel overly sympathetic towards them or relate with their problems, and I think that’s where the entertainment value comes in. These people suck. But maybe, one sucks less than the other, and as the facts come out you get tossed back and forth trying to decide who you want to “win.” Maybe not everyone’s literary cup of tea, and I didn’t think it would be mine, but I was totally into it. This book definitely places plot above character. But what did fall flat for me was that in the last third, the surprising plot points did gradually turn in to “sudden twists” that began to feel improbable and convenient. I’m still not one hundred percent certain I liked the ending.
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I also never like the use of faked rape as a plot anything, so I could have done without that. It was semi-effective, and maybe there are things that could have made it fully effective, but as a rule devices like that will rub me the wrong way.
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Despite these misgivings, though, I would still absolutely recommend Gone Girl. I’m excited to check out Gillian Flynn’s other work, because this was totally enjoyable and I’ve heard the other two are even better.