Review — Gone Girl

March 5, 2013

I finally got my chance to read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

While reading Gone Girl I experienced what I have come to call the Salinger Effect — I can read and enjoy a book while still really disliking the characters.

But actually, my feelings about Gone Girl are more complex and/or convoluted than my typical feelings for Salinger books, because I’m not even sure I actually liked it. It was really good and I couldn’t put it down, but it was bizarre and the characters really bothered me.

Flynn created quite the page turner and I can honestly say that she kept me guessing throughout the whole thing.

But the characters… I just really didn’t like them. At all. Even when really terrible things were happening to them I didn’t feel as badly for them as I probably should have.

Is this ever an issue for you? Can you enjoy a book even when you dislike or just plain hate the characters?

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