I had a different post scheduled for today, but I finished Gone Girl last night, and I really need to talk to someone about it. So please, comment away.
Um, this book is crazy.
Crazy as in, I really don't know if I've ever read a book that was so messed up in my life. I don't even know what to think about it.
For me, this was a page-turner. I felt like I wanted to drop everything and read it so wouldn't have to be in any more suspense. And let's be honest: that's pretty much what I did yesterday.
I thought the story was interesting and creative and really well thought out. And totally, completely creepy. Not, like, horror-movie-slasher-killer creepy. More psychological creepy.
The characters are terrible people, and I wavered between hating him completely and feeling really sad for them. I also sympathized with them in a few situations, which is nuts because they were absolutely insane crazy. I admire an author who can make me feel sorry for the antagonist. Example: *SPOILER* when Amy gets all her money stolen from her at the cabin, I actually felt bad for her! Then I said to myself, "Self, stop this lunacy and control yourself."
Which leads me to my next point: who is the protagonist in this book? I don't know if there even is one. Maybe Nick's sister, Margo? The reader's guide in the back asks: What is Go's role in the book? Why do you think the author wrote her as Nick's twin?
Thoughts? I feel like maybe she was supposed to provide some sanity to the character dynamic. She was probably the most likable character of them all and the one who was the least crazy.
I won't give an outright spoiler, but I will say that the reader's guide describes the ending as "every bit as troubling as the beginning." I found that to be 100% true. I feel very unsettled right now.
The momentum for me started to slow way down in the last 50 pages or so as the timeline got farther and farther apart. The ending felt rushed and yet dragged out at the same time.
One thing I could have done without were all the F-bombs. Gosh I hate that word so much. I did feel like the two voices of Nick and Amy were written fairly similarly. There wasn't a huge distinction for me between either of them. The reader's guide asks: Did the author intend for us to think of Nick or Amy as the stronger writer? I think they're trying to read too much into it, but that could just be me.
That said, I really enjoyed the back-and-forth storytelling technique.
I can't decide if I want to see the movie or not. Anyone seen the movie and want to weigh in on this? I feel like it might freak me out. I scare easy. But Gillian Flynn wrote the screenplay, so I assume it's pretty close to the book. Eh?
Bottom line: I personally liked this one. The story really pulled me in and kept me guessing, and I thought it was well written. But I do see why some people I know didn't like it.
Have you read Gone Girl? What did you think?