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When a Perfect Marriage Turns Sour,
This review is from: Gone Girl (Hardcover)
A beautiful woman is snared by a young man who can't believe his good fortune. She is well off and adores him. What can be better? Both are writers living in New York but they lose their jobs. In addition, the woman's parents become financially bereft and ask their daughter to borrow her money. Poor, they use the last of her money to buy a bar in his hometown which is run by her husband and his twin sister.
Amy Elliott Dunne has another side to her personality that Nick Dunne is about to discover as the ideal marriage that he thought he had begins to fall apart. When Amy disappears Nick is believed to be the cause of her disappearance.
Did he murder his beloved wife? Nick knows he didn't but all signs point to that conclusion. The police believe he is responsible for her absence. Her parents, who stand by him in the beginning, arrive at the same belief. The public and the media are likewise convinced. He wonders if even his twin sister believes it as well. Before the reader discovers the truth, the reader becomes wrapped up in endless detail.
This is a thriller that does keep one turning the pages but it roars to a pallid conclusion. I liked it but thought that someone should have spent more time editing as details are presented again and again. I know many others will like this read but I was disappointed.
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Posted on Dec 17, 2012 8:39:04 AM PST
Can I just say to everyone who says they hate the ending, that it's unsatisfying, that it's disappointing...that's the whole point. Without giving anything away, the reader shares this powerless feeling with Nick, a true testament to the author's ability to connect us to her characters. Yes it's frustrating and there's no release of that frustration in a "Gotcha!" moment, but again, we share that disappointment with Nick (and with other readers).
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 9:21:50 AM PST
Well, if Flynn's goal was to make the reader, hate the ending, feel unsatisfied, and disappointed, then I'd say it was a rousing success.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 11:23:08 AM PST
Interesting point. I don't agree but I do think it's interesting.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 5:01:56 PM PST
If you could care less, then that means that you care.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 5:07:01 PM PST
Good thing you're not a writer. "would have gone down". I think you mean, 'would have went down'. Also, "I seen?" Goodness, did you even graduate high school?
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 5:13:55 PM PST
It's lose, not loose. I'm glad you didn't write the book.
Posted on Dec 24, 2012 5:20:13 PM PST
Diane Wilensky says:
I did not like this book-it was poorly written because of the constant use of foul language..What happened to mysteries and thrillers that don't have to resort to such language and are so well written?
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012 11:36:54 AM PST
A critic says:
You're correct about the literal meaning and incorrect about the pragmatics.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012 11:37:47 AM PST
A critic says:
It's hilarious when people "correct" the right form (would have gone) with the wrong form (would have went). Seriously?