You know, this is one book that I just don’t get the hype about.
I know I’m a little late to the party with Gone Girl. There’s even a film with Ben Affleck now. However, when getting my weekly library books I decided to give this one a whirl.
Oh boy did I make a mistake.
I very very rarely come across a book I don’t enjoy. Or worse, a book I don’t finish. I can explicitly remember each one. The Robert Jordan series that by book 6 was just utter drivel about shifting of shawls and utter man hating. Empress by Karen Miller, whose main character was just so annoying it becomes boring.
Unfortunately, Gone Girl fits into this category. I just ended up thumbing through pages to find out the end of the story.
I think, for me, the main problem was this is a book about two unlikeable people. I don’t like Nick and Amy is just ridiculous. The whole story felt really far-fetched and the ending was predictable, boring and unsatisfactory.
It almost borders on the ‘and they woke up and it was all a dream’ level.
The story is Nick and his wife Amy are living back in Nick’s home town after losing both their jobs in the 2008 recession. He wrote about popular culture for a men’s magazine and she wrote personality quizzes.
Nick’s parents are both dying. One from Alzheimer’s and one from cancer. So Nick returns home to help his sister, Margo or ‘Go’, with Amy in tow.
Then one day Amy disappears and it looks like there was a struggle. Then comes a series of clues that point to Nick killing Amy. Nick realises Amy planned all this to punish him for being a selfish husband and cheating on her.
Amy is tuck away somewhere waiting for her revenge and Nick to be arrested for her murder. Until she is robbed and passively held hostage by a friend she turns to.
Nick then tries to play Amy using the media to make it look like he’s sorry and wants her to come home so he can make it up to her.
Amy realises she can’t easily leave and go back. Not after she set up Nick. So she murders her friend and blames him for kidnapping her. Then artificially inseminates herself to keep an eternal hold on Nick and have him with her forever.
There is more to the story but I ended up skimming vast amounts of it.
I’m not saying sociopath’s and psychopath don’t exist. They do. Some are very clever.
But Amy as a conniving, plotting sociopath doesn’t feel believable. Neither does what she does or how she gets away from it. Also the fact that this all seemed to start when she planned an anniversary treasure hunt. Nick couldn’t work out any of the clues relating to what Amy thought were special places. This seems to have been a big trigger and it just doesn’t read right that this ends up as a pyscho killer. Nick is just a selfish, oblivious person. He rarely actually thinks about Amy or her needs. Yet, somehow he’s also the victim.
Many people loved this book but it just wasn’t for me at all. I loved The Girl on the Train, which also contained difficult characters. Yet Gone Girl completely missed the mark for me.
I won’t be re-reading or watching the movie. Not for me thank you!
If you want to give this one a go get it here! Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn