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Second. I have recently read Gone Girl and I would probably rate it 3 out of 4 stars. Yes there is misdirection and it is a jump off of a cliche, but I became so frustrated with where it ended up. That may be a reason to rate it higher. The author doesn't give the readers what they want, but rather the author gives the readers a story. That fact does not change that I did not like the ending. The story itself was a great journey and it did take me to unexpected places. It is certainly a book I would recommend to others and the book was definitely worth the read.
I've noticed with most books like this that get tons of media attention that they either completely live up to the hype, or they fall exaggeratedly short of it.
While I wouldn't say it's one of the greater books of my time, I liked it and enjoyed it and have recommended it several times but I highly doubt I will ever read it again for pleasure.
My cousin was the first to tell me about this book, and shortly after everyone has been requesting that i read it.
Why did you all seem to like the book so much? Was it wveryrhing you expected or not so much?
First, I will say that, yes, the multi-layered story was done very nicely. I really do enjoy stories that unfold in such ways, one lens after another to view through until you have it all laid out in front of you. Definitely will say well done by Gillian Flynn for the turns and reviewing of situations from very different perspectives. I will also say that it was admirable at her not shying away from painting such horrendous characters as Nick and Amy; selfishness, arrogance, manipulation, etc. all traits that champion the idea of living as a hermit for the rest of your life.
What I disliked about it perhaps is just my dislike of a book full of characters with such meanness in them. Flynn's other books also have this quality to them, which is further proof that I am just not a fan of Gillian Flynn as an author. I wonder sometimes if she even likes women as human beings, since she seems so overly harsh and critical to her female characters. Though, it could be that I'm also just not used to seeing a book with characters written this way, which is unique to Flynn's voice and style.
I'm sure plenty of people enjoyed it, if this forum has been any evidence, but I could definitely leave it as far as books are concerned. I'm not sure if I would recommend it or not. I didn't feel like I gained much by the experience of reading it other than frustration.