by Gillian Flynn
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Everyone knows that "the book is always better"...except when it comes to Gone Girl. It's an intense story that takes you into the mind of a sociopathic wife and her husband who might or might not be guilty of murdering her. The first part of the book was interesting, but as I kept reading I felt more and more inclined to give up. I can appreciate the dark, almost clever, way that Gillian Flynn portrayed the characters, and even the way she took every reality we read in the first part of the book and picked them apart in the second half. I've always liked her writing stye and would definitely recommend reading her other books. Unfortunately, the background story of built financial and marital stress...because someone lost their trust fund...makes the characters seem melodramatic, a bit out of touch with reality, and is most likely why it took me so long to read it. Also, it took me a while to get used to Flynn's writing style in this book, which seemed a bit different than in her other novel, Sharp Objects. That being said, the characters' personalities are very well developed and the open ending leaves you wondering what other antics are in their future, or you might feel as conflicted as I am.
This book leaves no room for redemption and I'm torn between loving and hating that. I can appreciate that I hated the main characters but still found (at least one of them) interesting. Watch the movie!
You like thrillers, even if it's a little slow. Or if you like to read about crazy people. Same difference