My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I don’t usually read mystery/crime books but got sucked in by the hype for this one and I’m not regretting it.
I found “Gone Girl” to be an interesting read that certainly kept me on my toes. The first 100 or so pages were a little “eh” but once the main event happens things start to pick up the pace. If you’re struggling to read the first few chapters – hang in there, I think it’s worth it.
I don’t want to write any spoilers but I will say that what I found to be particularly intriguing about the storyline is that my allegiance kept switching between the husband and the wife as I progressed throughout the book. I haven’t read many books that made me do that. Typically I form a connection with the main character and that’s maintained throughout the whole book, even if they do a couple of foolish things. So noticing myself flip between the two and then end up not really liking either of them was an unusual and refreshing thing to observe.
The reason why I didn’t give “Gone Girl” 5 stars is because the ending disappointed me. I knew the way I wanted it to end and when I realised I had less than 20 pages to go I knew I probably wasn’t going to get that ending. It felt a tad rushed – almost like the author couldn’t figure out a way to end it that she was happy with. And I can understand that because it is a tricky storyline to pull together and finish off in a way that’s suitably intense and satisfies most people. 90% of the rest of the story had been go, go, go, drama after drama, shock after shock, and there really wasn’t an ending that could have resolved everything and been equally as dramatic as the rest of it whilst maintaining plausibility.
Read it even if you’re not typically into crime/murder mysteries. Read it for some incredibly interesting psychological insights. Read it to see if you can guess what happens next!
Going to see the movie later this week – I will report back then!
EDIT: The movie is probably one of the best adaptations of a book I’ve seen. There are, of course, some details left out which is understandable (the movie was at least 2 hours long as it was) and what has been cut was not strictly necessary to the general plot. One thing I will say though is that Amy’s side of the story lost a little bit of its charm. In the book, there is painstaking detail that provides a thorough explanation and ties off all the ends. Watching the movie however, I could see how, to someone who hadn’t read the book, her side of the story sounded implausible and rushed. Having said that, I think this is a fault of the medium, not the movie itself. There was probably roughly a whole chapter in the book dedicated to that aspect of the plot and it’s not necessarily possible, or in the best interest of the film, to include every little detail. In terms of the actors, the movie was cast pretty much perfectly in my opinion. Both leads are great – Rosamund Pike is especially outstanding. Another key thing I realised as I walked out of the cinema – the movie still managed to capture that alternating favouritism between the main characters which I was pleased about. Overall, the book has been adapted and executed really well but seeing everything happen on screen made it ten times creepier so I probably won’t watch it again. I would recommend it though to anyone interested, whether you’ve read the book or not!0