Gone Girl Review
Updated: Oct 13, 2021
Marriage can be a real killer.
Marriage can be a real killer.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
I honestly don’t understand how everyone says this book is amazing. It’s anything but. It was incredibly slow. The characters are extremely unlikeable. I barely liked Amy, I really only felt sorry for her until the second part where out comes her true plan then I sort of liked her. But then when we learn her true personality and past, I immediately stopped liking her again. Nick, well I couldn’t care less.
But the fact that it took me over half the book to hook me was just sad. Plus I wasn't hooked for very long. I honestly considered putting this as a DNF, but so many of my friends insisted and convinced me “it gets better!” I’m sorry, you were wrong. It got better for like 5 seconds then immediately got way worse. I was bored throughout the majority of this book.
I honestly considered putting this as a DNF, but so many of my friends insisted and convinced me “it gets better!” I’m sorry, you were wrong.
I first started with Flynn’s Sharp Objects, I loved this book. It was so dark and sinister. Completely unnerving, then when I heard so many people also loved this one, I couldn’t wait to try it. This was nothing like Sharp Objects. This was such a disappointing read. It felt like it was written by a completely different author. Nothing wrong with different writing styles, but this was horrible. I didn’t find this book entertaining at all.
Everything about it was just infuriating. I never liked Nick from the start and when his secret came out, I hated him even more. I honestly didn’t think I could hate a character so much. Well, Nick, you surprised me, you really did. You’re a selfish asshole. And Amy? I honestly have no words for you. Your character has befuddled me. I went from feeling sorry for you, to rooting for you, to hating you as well.
Everything about it was just infuriating.
So many found this book unique and brilliant, incredibly written. I wonder, did we read the same book? I just don’t see any of that. Nothing about this book stood out to me. It all felt a bit flat. In a way it is unique, but I didn’t find it brilliant whatsoever. Literally, the only thing that kept me going through the rest of this book was the fact that so many friends enjoyed it and insisted to me that it got better.
I honestly don’t have all that much more to say about this book. Except I finally found my book of “the book everyone loves that you hate.” I did truly try to enjoy this one. I really did. After about 80 pages in and it wasn’t working, I took a month off. Hoping that a month break would put me in a different mindset to enjoy this. When I initially started this, I was in a bit of a reading slump and didn’t find this interesting. I wasn’t particularly motivated to keep going. So I took a month off. But even after a month, picking this up again, nothing changed. I still wasn’t interested in it. I still didn’t enjoy it. But then again, I can’t expect to enjoy every single book out there.
If you’re a fan of Gillian Flynn, you might enjoy this one as well. Just keep in mind that it’s nothing like Sharp Objects or Dark Places. I’ve not read Dark Places, but I’ve heard it’s dark like Sharp Objects. I personally didn’t enjoy this one at all, if you hadn’t already realized. But so many others, including close friends, have. So try it for yourself and see if you like it!
You can check out my review of Sharp Objects here!