Hmm . . . This was a tough one. I finished it in all of two days, which is a testament to how well the book was plotted. It’s the story of a husband and a wife and a marriage gone horribly wrong. (Sounds just peachy, don’t it?) That’s not normally up my alley . . . but it’s a murder mystery, which more than redeems it. I’m all for murder mysteries, especially about horribly gone wrong marriages. And because of that whole “mystery” thing, I don’t have to go into details about the plot, either. Yay! So all you need to know: Husband. Wife. Horribly gone wrong.
With me so far?
If I finished the book in two days, why in the world am I only giving it four stars? I mean, here’s a book that *demanded* being finished. I gave up a Saturday of my life to this book, and I only have a limited number of Saturdays, ya know. (What a depressing thought.)
The book was very well done, but in the end, it felt . . . gimmicky to me. It felt like one big magician’s show, and for a magician’s show to get five stars, the reveal had better be jaw-droppingly awesome. In Gone Girl, the reveal starts out awesome, and then it gets derailed by this thing called “reality.”
You see, because the book is so heavily based in the present–in modern society–in reality, I have certain expectations about what can or can’t happen in the book. And let me be clear: I don’t think the ending of this book can happen. I won’t spoil it for you or anything, but go read it, then come back here and talk to me about it.
It’s a fast read. And I doubt I’ll forget the book. (It’s also fairly adult, so be prepared for some naughty words here and there in the novel.) But I’d really love to talk about this one, so I’ll reserve further discussion for the comments thread, giving it a big ol’ SPOILER WARNING. Don’t read ’em if you haven’t read the book. Got it?
Now please talk. 🙂