I was deprived of the ending I badly needed.
But don't let my sentiments fool you :)
I’ve been reading Gone Girl for almost a year. I remember purchasing the book around May of 2015. I started reading it, only to have it set aside because my copy of The Girl on the Train from Book Depository arrived. Prior to acquiring the two books, the dominant comment I encountered was the similarity of its story telling approach. Each chapter is narrated in the perspective of the different characters. Although in the case of Gone Girl, there were only two people alternately relating the story. You’ll be able to figure out everything by connecting the stories presented by each character. Only to later realize, you were likewise deceived and trapped by the stitches of lies and links of hidden information waiting to be figured out. If you become attached with the story, you will eventually feel betrayed as well.
I will try my best not to give teasers about the plot. I want justice and revenge. Hahaha I want everyone to feel how the book deprived me of my much needed ending. But don’t let my sentiments fool you. Just because I didn’t get my anticipated ending, it doesn’t qualify that Gone Girl is crap. It isn’t. I even consider it as one of the best books I’ve ever read. It exceeded my expectations in all aspects.
On the morning of their 5th wedding anniversary, Amy disappeared. Everything was unclear, not until all evidences pointed to her husband, Nick. In the course of the investigation and quest to find Amy, the real picture of their marriage was gradually revealed. Nick became the lone person to be blamed. As facts were unraveled, more questions were opened. It came to a point when Nick was no longer considered as the primary suspect. Amy's disappearance was closed and the story ended not the way I have wanted it. For me, it led to a painful ending that leads to another opportunity for evil to triumph and for someone to bear the burden of sacrifice.
The best thing I love about the book is the unpredictability. There was no way I could have predicted the ending. Although I didn’t like the way it ended, I have to admit that it was one of the best endings I’ve encountered. At first, I thought of it as open-ended. After a few minutes, I realised it wasn’t. The second to the last chapter gave me the meaning to the final words. Someone sacrificed to end what can possibly turn to another vicious cycle.
As for character development, I have to say that this book gave me another excellent definition. I often complained of how some writers craft lousy characters. The structure of the plot was good, the execution rattled because of the characters that were not carefully thought of. Characters, whose existence and progression, don’t happen in reality. In the case of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn fueled the plot with realistic and credible characters. You don’t easily develop hate for a character. The hate was propelled with events and later explained by realistic circumstances. A dream, intuitive senses or some object left from the top of your cabinet do not easily uncover the much-anticipated link of the story. There has to be a clever way for facts to unfold and reach the characters.
I may be deprived of my much-desired ending. But Gillian Flynn did not deprive me of a great read. 5 out 5 stars for Gone Girl.