This book's concept is interesting, with alternating chapters between the two main characters, plus a 'surprise' mid-way through.
Only problem is that you probably won't be all that surprised, and after 400 some pages you will get to the end and feel like the author went to all that trouble and then forgot she's supposed to be writing something that readers will enjoy.
Instead she's playing little literary format games and pleasing literary critics (who seem to love the least satisfying possibly ending) instead of the people who read (and pay for) her books. They might be less than satisfied with this ending.
So here's the spoiler alert and here's what critics are failing (miserably) to tell their readers: the ending is a HUGE let-down. You will seriously regret spending all that time reading this book for so little payoff. In addition, if you're having an 'off' day this book will NOT pick you up-it's a downer. I'm not saying all downer books are bad, but combined with the disappointing payoff, it's a double downer.
My wish? That I'd let this Girl Go...and never started reading it!
photo courtesy of Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Wish That Girl had Gone Sooner!
Short and Sweet Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn