So I just finished the novel, “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. The novel that apparently is very popular and is now going to be a major motion picture starring Ben Affleck. THAT fact is why I finally pushed myself to finish the damned thing. Did I mention that I started to read it over 6 months ago?! Yeah…that is how engaging this novel is..or isn’t.
I will say this – it IS interesting. Or can be. I spent the first half of the book TRYING to care about the protagonist; even as I was curious to the mystery that was unfolding in front of our eyes. Make no mistake, Nick Dunne IS extremely hard to like and care about. At least that is my opinion. Have you tried reading a book or story where you don’t even like the lead? Come on!!!!! After I heard that the movie trailer was coming out, I decided to push a little further so I wouldn’t be spoiled. I also had this little nugget in my brain about something that may be very key to the story and wanted to see if I was right. I was and the book got very very interesting and good in terms of story telling. It really did. I truly began to understand him better. And like him – a little.
I won’t say much of anything about the book itself so as I don’t spoil particulars, but I am ANGRY about the ending, The fact that I am angry and going to talk about that a bit may spoil the book for you – so don’t read any further if you don’t want that.
By the time you get to the end of this incredible story, you are waiting WAITING for the huge payoff. Surely – surely there will be one right? WRONG. Surely evil doesn’t win right? WRONG. Surely – surely justice prevails….? NO NO NO NO NO I cannot believe that people have “loved” this book and boosted it up after reading it. I felt cheap and used and abused. The writer had spent so much time showing us a possibly “realistic” person with flaws and foibles aplenty that could find their way to being better – and then she just laughed in our faces and was so….what is the word? Blase. Is that right? I don’t even know. I’m so damned angry.
It shouldn’t be that evil gets to win. Especially in the way that evil won in this novel by good simply sighing and saying, well it wasn’t always evil in this same way…..
Why do people love this book so much? What does that say about them? About us as a society? Yes the author did write it very well and it IS engaging and interesting. But..the outlook is HORRIBLE. The people are AWFUL. Come on….shouldn’t we want more? Deserve more?!
I think my next book will be one that a friend of mine wrote. Here is the link if you are interested:
Tattered Heart, by Annie Jackson