Book number 8: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I read this last month but my inspiration to write about it equals the interest of a bird to play the piano.
What it is: The book is supposed to be a mystery or thriller of some sort, divided into two parts. It opens up with a crime scene where the wife goes missing and the rest of the story is a quest to find out WTF happened. Naturally, the husband gets all the blame and as you go along, the real mystery unravels about the characters and their lives.
What I liked about it: I liked the bit where husband and wife tried to outwit each other. Their personalities are created quite well too, consistent throughout. The frame up bit’s clever that you tend to go with it but I just didn’t buy it that much. Hmm… maybe Gone Girl is a statement, that there is no such thing as perfect people or perfect marriages, that it is all a joke. Maybe. Or people go crazy when they become unemployed? I really didn’t get it. Well at least the description of the setting is nice and the emotions are believable, at least some of it.
What I did not like about it: What is the point of Gone Girl? Don’t marry a psycho bitch? Don’t be a cheating husband with no back bone? Don’t hope for justice because people just get away with their shit in real life? WHAT?? Seriously, someone tell me. I rarely regret the time I spend reading books but this is one of those rare times I do. I felt I’m watching a bad soap opera a la Wuthering Heights.
The opening scene told me who did it and as I go along, I remember telling myself, “Please be wrong or this will truly suck” but oh well, I’m right. I felt bad that there is no sense of justice in the ending too. I mean, I like tragedies but this one really left a bad taste in my mouth. Is the author British? The ending went down like With One Lousy Free Packet of Seed. The kind where you blurt, “Are you freaking kidding me?”
Recommended for: mystery and psycho thriller fans (though the best one I like is the classic And Then There Were None) or if you want to help me and tell me what Gone Girl is trying to say.
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