- Publisher: Random House Audio (July 24, 2012)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009CN2RIY
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43,236 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,604,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gone Girl: A Novel Multimedia CD – July 24, 2012
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Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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Think of a life experience you've had that started great only to bomb out at the end. Like a promising date that was going really well--only to be ruined by a nasty argument at the end of the evening. You go to bed feeling empty, unfulfilled. That's what reading this novel was like for me. Starts great, quickly becomes a can't-put-it-down page turner, then completely fizzles at the end, leaving you unsatisfied with the novel's lack of resolution.
That said, I agree with most of the positive comments about the book: "Fiendishly clever," "Totally engrossing," Gripping and addictive." "Well-plotted," etc. Does Gillian Flynn have excellent writing chops? Does she masterfully develop psychologically complex, multidimensional characters? Present penetrating insights into the nature of modern marriage and relationships? Write pitch-perfect dialog? Absolutely. She just needs to learn how to finish. Develop resolution.
One thing Flynn might want to learn to use to her advantage in future novels is the "recency effect," which simply states that the last thing you see or experience in a given situation or event is more accessible in your memory, and therefore more likely to be remembered by you then those things that occurred in the beginning or middle of the experience. Given the novel's lack of resolution and totally unsatisfying ending, the last thing I remember about the book is my feeling of utter disappointment.
It is difficult to talk about the plot without risking spoilers. So let's say this: It is not a conventional thriller. There are twists and totally surprising developments, we are getting manipulated and are lied to by both protagonists. It's not only a thriller, the book is also about unconventional truths about love and marriage. Sadly, the ending is a disappointment. Best not to expect too much from it and just enjoy the reading of the novel as such.
The book is always straightforward and readable, but maybe there are a few digressions too many. I can't help but feeling that nowadays thriller writers feel the need to expand their books to 600 pages when 400 would have done just as well. That's stupid, because it automatically weakens the suspense.
Gillian Flynn really deconstructed love and marriage here a lot, so I have a suggestion for readers who would like to read a (shorter) crime novel which is thrilling, full of dark humor and lets you believe in love again: Heads Off (A Lisa Becker Mystery).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have been waiting to read this for a while. Finally got to read it. It's a little slow as you switch between the 2 perspectives, but when you get further in, you start getting... Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Tabbycat80
At first you think the husband is guilty and then you find out the wife is crazy and by the end you realize they are both crazy and deserve each other.Published 17 hours ago by Richard O.
I love the way the author writes her parts, it's s perfectly written you could identify with a lot of things she says. The first half is awesome, it's almost too good to be true. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Claudio
- did not like the story, kept you interest, but disappointing ending, I expected more. Did not like iitPublished 1 day ago by Marisa Quaglia
Brilliant narrative style. Really surprised me, and found the ending really satisfying. Not at all what I thought it was going to be. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Great book. Kept me interested the whole time. Couldn't put it down. Can't wait to see the movie. Hope it's as good as the bookPublished 1 day ago by Jessica Anderson
Easy read. But the movie played so well following the book that there wasn't too many surprises. I recommend it thoughPublished 1 day ago by Rostie