I looked at the clock. I finished Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl at 2:36 a.m. today. After three intense days, 425 pages, and a hell of a roller coaster ride. Not to mention extremely tired eyes. That’s why this post is short. It’s a testament to Flynn’s skill as a writer that she made me keep reading. I may read one of her other titles far in the future.
I also had more practical reasons for getting to the end: I wanted to finish before it disappeared from my eReader. I knew that if I didn’t finish I would never go back to it. It’s a popular title, and I didn’t want to wait months a second time. I normally don’t read these types of books, but it’s always good to get out of your comfort zone once in a while. I also didn’t like any of the characters. I guess you’re not supposed to. But if I can’t identify at all with the characters, it ruins my enjoyment of a novel.
But Gillian, what on earth were you thinking with that stupid ending? I feel so cheated! I went through all the ups and downs for this?
I’m purposely not addressing much of the plot, just in case someone comes across this entry who hasn’t yet finished the book or seen the movie. In fact, the book comes with a reading group guide. Readers are strongly encouraged to finish the story before looking at the guide. Even so, I’m glad neither of my book groups chose it. I’m not sure how far we’d get with the discussion.
So, expect the unexpected with this one. Do NOT read ahead! But if it’s not your cup of tea, don’t plow through it. Now I can move on to other titles.