Gone Girl - if you have read it

(59 Posts)
wannabeawallaby Sun 30-Jun-13 15:53:45





Ok, so I've just started reading gone girl BUT I'm wondering if it's already ruined for me. Someome on another thread, commenting on a telly programme, said 'I could do with a happy ending after reading gone girl'. I'm on the third chapter, Amy has gone missing. Is there any point me reading now I know it's going to be a sad ending? I guess at this point you could think she has made herself go missing, she might turn up, she might not... Etc.

So should I keep going?

CajaDeLaMemoria Sun 30-Jun-13 15:55:00

Yes. I can't say much else, but definitely keep reading.

bringonyourwreckingball Sun 30-Jun-13 15:56:51

Definitely keep reading. Loads of twists.

EliotNess Sun 30-Jun-13 15:57:47

Keep going

I read about 5 pages and gave up - it was horribly badly written. Dp and dd1 both finished it - and then said they'd wished they hadn't bothered. Then it went to the charity shop - they already had five copies!

Pancakeflipper Sun 30-Jun-13 15:59:09

The ending is not ruined.

wannabeawallaby Sun 30-Jun-13 16:01:31

Thanks all. Maybe not the best written but I just want a good story smile

EliotNess Sun 30-Jun-13 16:27:39

I'm reading one step too far by Tina seskis. It's crap writing. Really bad. But engaging

Clawdy Sun 30-Jun-13 16:39:22

Keep reading because some people may think the ending is not unhappy.

Picturesinthefirelight Sun 30-Jun-13 16:41:27

Defiantly keep reading. It's not what you think.

noddyholder Sun 30-Jun-13 16:42:34

I liked this book Keep going Its not a masterpiece but hugely enjoyable

FishCalledWonder Sun 30-Jun-13 16:45:55

Definitely keep going. Not a book that'll change the world, but a really enjoyable bit of escapism. I read it in one sitting.

tethersend Sun 30-Jun-13 16:50:07

Bin it and watch some paint dry instead. It will be more interesting.

Facebaffle Sun 30-Jun-13 16:55:38

I really got into but felt the ending was rushed and a let down.

I won't reveal whether it's a sad or happy ending.

biryani Sun 30-Jun-13 16:59:27

I too felt the ending was a let down. I was completely baffled. I persisted until almost the end, then got irritated and gave up. Don't understand what the hype was all about.

GemmaTeller Sun 30-Jun-13 17:03:02

Yes, keep reading.

I kept thinking, ooh, I wonder if she does..?, I wonder if he is...? I wonder what..?

I suppose the ending is regarded as clever but I thought wtf !

DuchessofMalfi Sun 30-Jun-13 17:58:19

The first part was quite difficult to get into, and I nearly gave up. However, I carried on and part 2 was so much better. I loved it because it was so twisted, and bitter. Really nasty. And a good ending - can't say too much, but I thought it just right.

EliotNess Sun 30-Jun-13 18:02:41

oh god ODNT READ that seskis book

the end is so unbearably SHIT

Ragwort Sun 30-Jun-13 18:05:06

Yes, keep reading, I enjoyed it, not a literary masterpiece but a good read. smile

JellyBelly10 Sun 30-Jun-13 18:08:20

This book was an interesting read with some surprising twists but the end was rubbish! Felt like the author suddenly did a word-count, realised they'd reached their maximum so just stopped writing the book and went off down the pub!

GiraffesAndButterflies Sun 30-Jun-13 18:25:11

Keep reading, it's a great story!

Andromaca Sun 30-Jun-13 18:31:53

Keep reading, i did. But it could be a let down (it was for me): I think it is badly written and the story is poor. But i cannot start a book and not finish it...

bunnybing Sun 30-Jun-13 20:15:10

Definitely worth finishing!

Don't really get why people say it's badly written. I agree with Ragwort - not a literary masterpiece but a good read.

Trills Sun 30-Jun-13 20:31:00

If you are enjoying it, keep reading it.

If you are not enjoying it, don't.

There are so many ways that a story could have a "not happy" ending, I think you are being rather silly to think that the book could be ruined. Surely the point of the story is not simply "is she dead?" but "what happened?", and "what happens next?".

IDoAllMyOwnStunts Sun 30-Jun-13 20:35:23

I just wished every single character would kill themselves or each other by the end of it, because I couldn't have given a monkeys about any of them. And I paid £3 on my kindle <<waste of money emotion>>

scratchandsniff Sun 30-Jun-13 20:38:21

It hasn't been spoilt for you. Not as good as I thought it would be, a pretty average book and the ending was a bit of an anti-climax.

Do people really stop reading something (even something good) if they think it will have an unhappy ending? There goes most great literature then! smile

CoteDAzur Mon 01-Jul-13 09:11:41

I'm baffled by that, too.

What do you mean "any point in reading now I know it's going to be a sad ending"? Do you only read books with happy endings? How old are you?

Fwiw, I would say it is not a sad or happy ending. It's a complicated one.

CoteDAzur Mon 01-Jul-13 09:12:36

Remus - You give up on books too easily! Not missing that much in this case, but I see a trend wink

DuchessofMalfi Mon 01-Jul-13 09:45:39

I can't remember the last book I read that had a proper happy ending grin My next read is We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, and that's not going to be a bundle of laughs either!

MerlinFromCamelot Mon 01-Jul-13 16:32:28

OP - did you carry on reading &, did you finish it?

wannabeawallaby Mon 01-Jul-13 17:27:13

I'm reading snippets while I'm on the tube! Busy evening ahead so will dip in and out tomorrow. I don't have long stretches to read unfortunately.

And yes, I read sad books - the point was I thought it had been ruined. Sorry if my OP wasn't clear

cornyblend37 Mon 01-Jul-13 17:31:44

I read this over the weekend. Loved the second half of the book, but I did think the ending was an anti-climax....though I wouldn't say it was sad.
I got up at 5 this morning to finish the last 40 pages as I really wanted to know what happened and am knackered now. Definitely keep reading.

I nearly gave up about a quarter of the way in as I was not really into it and failing to like the main characters. However it got chosen for my book group so I had to finish. Became hooked once the major twist was revealed in part two. You will not be sorry if you keep going! I quite liked the ending.

SanityClause Mon 01-Jul-13 17:35:08

Do keep reading, because the end is surprising.

The book is quite heavy going, though.

SanityClause Mon 01-Jul-13 17:37:03

fruitpastille, I don't think any of the characters are all that likeable, except maybe the sister, and the female detective.

I wanted Go to take action iykwim to help her brother by the end but sadly did not happen!

valiumredhead Mon 01-Jul-13 18:42:58

Ido-I felt the same! Really I have never cared less about characters before. Shit book imo, and the writing style was awful imo. Made me write stabbyangry

The ending was the only thing I liked about it.

OP come back when you have finished and we'll discuss it some moregrin

valiumredhead Mon 01-Jul-13 18:43:09

Quite not write

CoteDAzur Mon 01-Jul-13 19:51:16

Do the characters have to be likeable, too?

BaconAndAvocado Mon 01-Jul-13 20:47:33

wannabeawallaby your OP was clear!

cote the ending isn't complicated, it's bloody infuriating.

They don't have to be likeable but in this instance I wanted to be rooting for someone but justncouldnt!

CoteDAzur Mon 01-Jul-13 21:09:03

I wasn't infuriated. Why were you?

The ending was a complicated situation in the sense that it wasn't a clear-cut typical "bad guy lost, good guy won" type of scenario. I don't want to go into details here because OP hasn't finished it yet.

BOF Mon 01-Jul-13 21:12:07

I enjoyed it, and I thought the ending was wonderfully creepy.

NaturalBlondeYeahRight Mon 01-Jul-13 21:12:39

I was reading the other day that Reece Witherspoon has brought rights- think it would make a good movie but no fun when you have read the book.

BOF Mon 01-Jul-13 21:15:46

She would make a great Amy. As long as they keep the sense of the character and show her unpleasant side. She ruined Vanity Fair by trying to make Becky likeable, which kind of missed the point.

cornyblend37 Mon 01-Jul-13 21:22:23

I actually preferred Amy when I read the second half of the book.I don't know if Reece W is right for Amy...I think perhaps Cameron Diaz could do her justice or maybe Gwynnie.

squeaver Mon 01-Jul-13 21:27:11

After you've finished, you should look up the author's we chat on here. It's really good.

But DO NOT look at it until you've finished the book.

IWillDoItInAMinute Mon 01-Jul-13 21:27:42

Agree with BOF and I thought the actress who plays Chloe in Don't trust the bitch would be perfect as the girl who 'befriends' Amy in the cabin.

squeaver Mon 01-Jul-13 21:27:51

ffs WEB chat, obviously.

Trills Mon 01-Jul-13 21:36:27

Oh yes I think Reese Witherspoon could do it rather well.

Trills Mon 01-Jul-13 21:36:37

I can imagine her doing the voice of diary Amy.

I imagined reece witherspoon for a film version.

BaconAndAvocado Wed 03-Jul-13 09:25:14

Which actor for Nick though?..........

I'm thinking Jamie Dornan from The Fall, only mainly because we need to see more of him on our screens. He's such an excellent actor horny beast smile

cornyblend37 Wed 03-Jul-13 10:03:39

I can't imagine RW doing bad Amy, although I think she'd be perfect for good Amy.

cornyblend37 Wed 03-Jul-13 10:04:11

Tom Hardy for Nick

bunnybing Wed 03-Jul-13 10:25:41

I'm imagining Ryan Gosling as Nick (perhaps because he's in pretty much everything - maybe I lack imagination lol)

Jason Segel as Desi (he's got that ickiness)

Debs from Dexter as Go. I liked Go a lot - it was a shame she petered out in the latter part of the book

I think RW could be a good Amy

i liked the first part of gone girl... but i absolutely hated the second half though... so much so that it took me 4 weeks to read it, as i kept putting it down in disgust frustration. not one character was likable either, which didnt help

wannabeawallaby Wed 03-Jul-13 23:27:22

Not really reading the latest posts for fear of spoilers!

About halfway through. Will have it done by the weekend. New July resolution - read more! smile

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