Who has read Gone Girl? !!May contain spoilers!!
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Posted: 1/26/2013 7:41:36 PM
What an intense book. I wish there had been more closure, though.




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Posted: 1/26/2013 7:47:01 PM
I loved it until the ending. I can't believe he stayed with suck a physco! Can you imagine if there was a sequel?

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Posted: 1/26/2013 7:47:50 PM
I really liked it, even though I usually don't care for mysteries.

She was one crazy bitch!

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Posted: 1/26/2013 7:48:52 PM
Do you think that is why it ended that way? For a sequel? I thought for sure one of them would die.
And can you imagine Amy with a baby, that poor child!




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Posted: 1/26/2013 7:49:36 PM
ITA, great book, crappy ending.


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Posted: 1/26/2013 7:50:27 PM
I finished it yesterday. The title of his book was very appropriate.
I hope there isn't a sequel. I do not want to know what they put that kid through.


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Posted: 1/26/2013 8:01:36 PM
I didn't dislike the book itself, but the author managed to write two characters without a single redeeming quality between them and I ended up disliking both of them.
I have read her other books and her main characters are always deeply flawed, but still basically likable.
I got to the point in Gone Girl where I no longer cared what happened to either of them.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 8:08:20 PM
I hated the ending at first too. Then I thought about it and realized that the ending could not have gone any other way. By the end, both characters were despicable and it was only fitting that they were forced to spend the rest of their time together. I thought it was genius. But, I did initially have a hissy fit when I first read it though


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Posted: 1/26/2013 8:10:58 PM
Loved it! Gillian Flynn has some major writing talent.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 8:14:04 PM
We read this for book club. We all did not like the ending but enjoyed the book. What a crazy witch! Good book though.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 8:16:18 PM

I hated the ending at first too. Then I thought about it and realized that the ending could not have gone any other way. By the end, both characters were despicable and it was only fitting that they were forced to spend the rest of their time together. I thought it was genius. But, I did initially have a hissy fit when I first read it though


I am another one who loved the ending! They were both so horrible that they deserved each other. I actually laughed out loud at the ending.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 8:18:23 PM
I thought they both got what they deserved. Especially the husband. You lie down with dogs, and all that ...


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Posted: 1/26/2013 8:35:30 PM
I also hated the ending. At first I hated him. Then I hated her. And then the ending came and I hated it. But it really was the only way it could end.


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Posted: 1/26/2013 8:41:16 PM
I didn't hate the ending because I didn't like him either.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 9:08:14 PM
I hated the book. I hated the main characters so much that I didn't care at all. I was not surprised at all by the twist.


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Posted: 1/26/2013 9:12:21 PM
I liked the book. I liked the twist. I did not like the ending. I didn't mind so much that they ended up miserable together, but what bothered me is how abruptly the book ended. It seemed like the author just gave up and walked away from writing the book. I felt like it was unfinished.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 9:20:05 PM
I enjoyed the book. I wasn't totally satisfied with the ending.

I don't understand though why everyone is so hard on the husband. Yes, he had an affair. He was wrong. However she framed him for murder and then she murdered someone else to get herself off the hook. Yet some say "they deserve each other". I can't see how he is possibly as bad as her.

She is a sociopath, he is a man who had an affair that he seemed to be sorry about. How does that equal "they deserve each other"?

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Posted: 1/26/2013 9:24:42 PM

I didn't dislike the book itself, but the author managed to write two characters without a single redeeming quality between them and I ended up disliking both of them.
I have read her other books and her main characters are always deeply flawed, but still basically likable.
I got to the point in Gone Girl where I no longer cared what happened to either of them.


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Posted: 1/26/2013 9:35:05 PM

I hated the ending at first too. Then I thought about it and realized that the ending could not have gone any other way. By the end, both characters were despicable and it was only fitting that they were forced to spend the rest of their time together. I thought it was genius. But, I did initially have a hissy fit when I first read it though


I am another one who loved the ending! They were both so horrible that they deserved each other. I actually laughed out loud at the ending.

ITA (minus the hissy fit 'cuz I loved the ending right when I read it, lol).

The best punishment for both of them was to be stuck with each other. What kind of ending would've been better?



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Posted: 1/26/2013 9:41:42 PM
I wanted his dad to hold the key - that he knew she was framing him, and the late-night sneak outs, looking for Amy at their house, was his way of telling Nick he loved him.

I wanted the dad to blow her cover, to be the evidence, and Go figured it out.



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Posted: 1/26/2013 10:03:03 PM
I just finished it a couple of days ago. Great book!


I hated the ending at first too. Then I thought about it and realized that the ending could not have gone any other way. By the end, both characters were despicable and it was only fitting that they were forced to spend the rest of their time together.

That's pretty much my reaction as well. I think that she had more hell planned for him at the end, after he told her that he felt sorry for her because she has to wake up every day and be "Amy". She said "I really wish he hadn't said that."

From an interview with the author:


What did you want to accomplish with the ending?

First of all, I didn't write it as an open ending to set up a sequel at all. It was the only thing that made sense to me, that made sense to what was true to the book and true to the characters. Amy's not going to end up in jail. She's Amazing Amy! You're never going to find the aha! clue because she thinks she's already thought of everything and that's who she is. People think they would find that satisfying, if she were caught and punished. You know, when I'm at a reading or something, people will come up to me and are very honest about saying, "I hated the ending!" I always say, "Well, what did you want to have happen?" And it's like, "I wanted justice!" I promise you, I just don't think you'd find it satisfying for Amy to end up in a prison cell just sitting in a little box.





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Posted: 1/26/2013 10:05:24 PM

I promise you, I just don't think you'd find it satisfying for Amy to end up in a prison cell just sitting in a little box.

Exactly!

Thanks for sharing that quote, Val.



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Posted: 1/26/2013 10:38:50 PM
I loved it until the very end.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 10:38:50 PM
I had a hard time putting the book down, but did not enjoy it, if that makes any sense. The characters were both awful and like two freight trains en route to a fiery collision, so it stressed me out to watch it happen.

And then the ending came... UGH. That guy will never get a good night's sleep again. And the thought of a child in that mess!

I really thought the dad with alzheimers was going to be the key to it all. That he would have seen or heard something when he wandered away from the home, and he would have a moment of lucidity when he would ensure the truth came out.

The thought that there could be people like that in the world is horrifying.

Good book, but I wouldn't recommend it.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 11:24:10 PM
I was the same, i could not put it down but it was the worst book i have ever read, the ending was crap


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Posted: 1/26/2013 11:33:56 PM
I really enjoyed it and although I didn't like that there was no justice in the ending, I can see why the author wrote it that way. I didn't dislike the husband as much as Amy but it seemed to me at the end that he actually enjoyed her little games, even if he wouldn't admit it. He built a prison for himself because I'm sure he could have removed himself from the situation if he really wanted. But, he didn't. So he stayed to see what Amy would do next and be ready to counter her plans. In that respect they do deserve each other and that's why I didn't see how the book could have ended any other way.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 11:34:28 PM
I LOVED it. I'm another one who couldn't put it down.

I just finished her book Sharp Objects the other night, though, and it was waaaayyy too disturbing for me.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 11:48:25 PM

So he stayed to see what Amy would do next and be ready to counter her plans. In that respect they do deserve each other and that's why I didn't see how the book could have ended any other way.



I think he stayed for his child. He knew his child would not have a chance if he left, so he stayed to (try to) protect his child.

I actually have an idea for an alternative ending. In the book Amy trapped Nick by using the sperm saved at the fertility clinic to become pregnant. It would have been awesome if the baby was born and was another race and therefore obviously not Nick's baby. There could have been a mix-up at the fertility clinic, thus exposing Amy's trickery. But perhaps that would come across as too contrived.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:16:36 AM
I liked it a lot. It was clever and well written and hard to put down.



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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:22:22 AM
I really wanted to like this so much more than I did actually.

It was cleverly written, but I ended up not caring about either of them nor did I care for the ending, although it was appropriate in terms of the characters.

Disappointing, all in all.



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Posted: 1/27/2013 8:29:13 AM
In the sequel in my head, Amy dies in childbirth and Nick gets hit by a bus on his way to the hospital.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 10:47:11 AM

I got to the point in Gone Girl where I no longer cared what happened to either of them.


This was me except by the end I was actively rooting for their untimely demise. That ending would have satisfied me.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 10:57:33 AM

I really wanted to like this so much more than I did actually.

It was cleverly written, but I ended up not caring about either of them nor did I care for the ending, although it was appropriate in terms of the characters.

Disappointing, all in all.



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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:23:42 PM

Amy dies in childbirth and Nick gets hit by a bus on his way to the hospital.


That!




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Posted: 1/27/2013 1:27:01 PM
Loved the book; hated the ending.

But I have to agree - there was really no other way to end the book.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:40:52 PM

I really wanted to like this so much more than I did actually.

It was cleverly written, but I ended up not caring about either of them nor did I care for the ending, although it was appropriate in terms of the characters.

Disappointing, all in all.


Yup, I completely agree. I wanted to like this book so much, but I just didn't. I couldn't put it down and thought the ending was very fitting, but I can't say I LIKED it or would recommend it. Too bad.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:45:30 PM
I loved the book, and I loved the ending. I hate it when books wrap things up in a bow. But then I love sick, twisted, crazy stories like hers. I also laughed out loud at the end -- in a "holy crap, I didn't see that coming" kind of way.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:56:22 PM
I was another one who just didn't care much about the main characters. There wasn't a redeeming quality between the two of them IMO. The book was fine, it kept me entertained, but it's not one I'm raving about to my friends.


She is a sociopath, he is a man who had an affair that he seemed to be sorry about. How does that equal "they deserve each other"?


I didn't find Nick to be "sorry" about his affair at all. I found him self-righteous, petulant, and full of self-pity. I almost liked HER better than him.



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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:58:08 PM
It was very intense! I admit to skipping through many pages (like the public appearances, the T.V. interviews, lots of pages about each character's childhood) to see how it was going to end.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 4:16:48 PM
I found it disturbing. I didn't really like the ending either.

I did like him much better than her. He was not likable, either. But compared to her, he was a saint!

I don't think I will read her other books.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 4:24:52 PM
I loved all of it. I even loved crazy-assed Amy. Especially when she ends the book with "I just wanted to have the last word." What a piece of work! Lol!
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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:03:37 PM
I hated the ending!

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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:11:54 PM
I didn't like anything about this book. It was a waste of time. Both of them were whiners. Don't know how it has stayed on the best sellers list do long.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:53:58 PM
I read it and loved it! I was in the middle of reading a couple of insipid books for book club, and this just came along and slapped me upside the head! I could not read another book for a few weeks because it took me a while to get over it, and to think about the ending. I don't think it could have ended any other way.



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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:29:26 PM
Has anyone read any of her other books? What did you think of them?


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Posted: 1/27/2013 10:29:01 PM
I felt they definitely left the door open for a sequel. At the the end, I didn't like either of them, but was routing for him...

Have not read her other books. But was at book club this week and we had this same discussion. One member had just finished another one and said it was equally as dark and twisted!


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Posted: 6/3/2013 6:51:17 PM
I just finished this book, and I wanted to talk about it, so I searched old threads and found this one.

I had two main issues with the end: First, they never addressed the "best friend" again. After Amy came back, they never closed the story with her and Noelle. I'm sure Noelle would be ready to pick right up where they left off, but since Amy was using her, she would no longer have a use for her. I was waiting to see one last scene with them, where Amy "broke up" with Noelle.

I also did not like the ending!!


I wanted his dad to hold the key - that he knew she was framing him, and the late-night sneak outs, looking for Amy at their house, was his way of telling Nick he loved him.

I wanted the dad to blow her cover, to be the evidence, and Go figured it out.


I was thinking something like that, or my other thought was this: That Boney would be looking at surveillance footage from some other case, and happen to see Amy with some of the stuff from the shed. Maybe at a UPS store picking up packages or something. Then Desi's mom would come forward with hidden camera footage of Amy on the property, not the actual murder, but enough to prove that what she said was not how it happened with Desi...then the end would be Amy in prison, knowing that the person she felt was stupid and useless (Boney) was the one that figured her out.

I did like the book until the very end!


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Posted: 6/3/2013 7:32:52 PM
The end of the book had me thinking that they both were more than a little mentally unstable and both were entirely unlikable. Neither ended up being any better than the other.

And, yes, there were a few issues without closure.



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Posted: 6/3/2013 10:56:37 PM

Like many of you, I didn't like the ending either, but I thought that they deserved each other.

Do I remember correctly that they're making Gone Girl into a movie?


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Posted: 6/3/2013 11:00:37 PM

I didn't dislike the book itself, but the author managed to write two characters without a single redeeming quality between them and I ended up disliking both of them.
I have read her other books and her main characters are always deeply flawed, but still basically likable.
I got to the point in Gone Girl where I no longer cared what happened to either of them.


Totally sums up my feelings about the book.


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