Review: Gone Girl

Gone Girl
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My first instinct was to give two stars, but the book did keep me reading it – so, I’m giving it three stars. But I didn’t like the book. From the very beginning neither Nick nor Amy is a likable character AT ALL!

Spoiler – And from the very beginning I felt like Amy’s diary was fake. Her initial entries were completely out of tone for a 32-year-old woman. There were more like a teenager. So finding out that they were fake was a no brainer. I also have to say at the beginning of part two, I very briefly identified with Amy (about having a chameleon like personality) before becoming absolutely disgusted with her. And that just increased as the book went on. And Nick is not much better. End Spoiler

I also have to agree with another reviewer (Stephanie). The book was overwritten and completely “pretentious and unnecessarily meta.” The twists were well done and the alternating point-of-view provided an interesting counter view. But the book was really trying to hard to be dark at times.

The book will certainly provide interesting book club discussion, especially regarding the personality traits and different perspectives on relationships. That is another reason I gave the book three stars instead of two – it does provide some things to think about. But I would not recommend this book to anyone.

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