Overall Rating and Opinion of "Gone Girl"

Discuss the October 2014 book of the month, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
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How do you rate Gone Girl?

1 star - poor, recommend against reading it
2 stars - fair, okay
3 stars - good, recommend it
4 stars - excellent, amazing
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Post by hsimone » 17 Jul 2015, 21:26

I would rate Gone Girl 4 out of 4! A few of my friends and I got together to read this book for our first book club book. Wow, what a great way to start! I loved how the author splits the book into parts and has different character perspectives. It made it so much more intense, and kept me guessing on who was the real victim of the story. I think Gillian Flynn really captures how people can live one way, but be thinking in another. I loved this book so much that I bought her other two books!

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Post by chytach18- » 24 Jul 2015, 05:12

I do agree that it was an incredible clichéd idea with very clichéd characters and, handled by less talented author, it would definitely turned up another soapy mystery. Gillian Flynn, however, had mastered it into a chilling psychological thriller. Watch out, the danger might meet you in your marital bed.
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Post by BookLover117 » 27 Jul 2015, 16:02

Definitely a 4 out of 4! There is a reason that half the books I see on shelves now try to say that they are the next "Gone Girl". This book had everything that I wanted; suspense, mystery, multiple plot twists. Personally I love the fact that Nick and Amy ended up staying together. It didn't really bother me that Nick didn't get his revenge, because it made the story that much more twisted.

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Post by AlishaKennedy » 28 Jul 2015, 11:19

My overall opinion of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was that it was an amazing and well crafted book. I loved how it changed perspectives, and always had you on the edge of your seat. It was definitely a page turner and gets a 4/4 from me. There were many layers to this novel and I felt like I really could get into the character's minds, and really understand the plot. Flynn did a great job of turning what could be considered a "cliche" plot into something much greater. I would most definitely recommend this book to a friend.
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Post by niclorax » 30 Jul 2015, 02:17

First of all, I am new to this. How do I properly rate this book? Do I just include it in this little write up? Or is there a special button to push? Sorry for my ignorance.

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.

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Post by BookishB84 » 02 Aug 2015, 12:18

I resisted reading this for a long time because I wasn't exactly sure what it was about only that everyone was talking about it. When I finally picked it up, I expected to be immediately absorbed and unable to put it down, but that was not the case. The first 150-200 pages I drudged through, thinking, "geez, is this what everyone was so excited about?" But as I read on I realized that all of it was necessary. Towards the end everything picked up and I did stay up all night to finish it because I HAD to know. I came to see that if it hadn't been for all of the mush in the beginning, the end wouldn't have pieced together so fluidly. Psychological thriller is almost an understatement. I cannot say I was pleased with the ending because I guess I had other ideas but alas, it wasn't my story to tell, or edit. Nick may have his flaws but I recently stumbled upon the term "narcissistic mother" and DXXX goes grossly beyond that, as narcissistic wife (soon to be mother?). To the extreme. As far as the plot, I think it was brilliantly written, the build-up and the play-out and the reveal. She executed the unfolding perfectly and you could really tell the thought and time and work put into this book to make everything work. It also causes you to wonder what kind of psycho the author is! LOL
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.

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Post by Tanaya » 03 Aug 2015, 13:14

I became interested when the movie was coming out and there was heavy promotion of it. So I went ahead and watched it; they drew me in. Then several months later I decided to read the book and now it's one of my very favorites. I think reading the justifications for their mentalities and actions in the book was what made me greater appreciate the story, versus simply watching the film. Definitely my favorite Gillian Flynn novel. I gave it a 4 out of 4.
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Post by ashersb » 07 Aug 2015, 13:56

I have heard nothing but good things about this book. I am fairly confident that i will be putting this in my "want to read" shelf.

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?

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Post by Griffey22 » 28 Aug 2015, 17:39

I loved the book.She did an amazing job of writing. I tell anyone i can to read it and that it will leave them speechless at the end.I give it a rating of 3 out of 4 just for the fact that the ending wasnt what i would have done if i was in Nicks situation.

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Post by TangledinText » 02 Sep 2015, 08:07

I love how different this plot was from the normal girl gone crazy and really it was pretty intense the entire book for me because from the beginning I was trying to figure it out so as the story built I kept getting it wrong and getting more wrapped up and involved in the book.
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Post by litmonster » 02 Sep 2015, 17:57

I was actually not a huge fan of Gone Girl.

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.

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Post by michelle_rn » 24 Sep 2015, 20:37

I'm so glad I read this post. I have been debating about whether to read the book after seeing the movie so I think its time to check it out!

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Post by wali » 26 Sep 2015, 23:30

Gone is one of those books I'm glad I read the book before seeing the movie. Character building was great. Never felt like I was lost in why the character said or did something. Loved the chance to know exactly what she was thinking. ....at least on the surface that is. Page turner to say the least. The writing style wasn't over the top like some books. Some authors don't the reader the courtesy of commonsense which makes the novel ramble for a minute. Not so with this one. Its a winner!

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Post by CzechTigg » 29 Sep 2015, 19:23

My opinion of the book is yet to be made, but if it is half as good as the film or marginally better it will be pushing for the full 4 stars.
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Post by sorpurt » 13 Oct 2015, 12:09

This book was absolutely amazing! I couldn't put it down. If I didn't need to eat, sleep, or do anything else, I could have read it in one sitting. It was a complete page-turner! Definitely a 4 out of 4 for me.
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