I had meant to read this before the movie came out, but obviously I failed at that. I had heard of this book, but it's not a genre I normally read, and I probably wouldn't have picked it up, but then I read a short story by Gillian Flynn published in the Rogues Anthology. That story totally messed with my head and kept surprising me. I loved it. I went out and bought Gone Girl right away after that.
The very first page caught my attention, so that I just didn't know what to make of Nick Dunne. I wanted to like him, but then I began to dislike him more and more. In the long run, I think I hated everybody. Usually that's not a good thing for me in fiction. It's the reason I can't sit through House of Cards, no matter how great everyone says it is.
But by the time I realized I disliked everybody, I was so far in, and things I thought I knew turned out to be wrong, and I'll be honest. I absolutely love that. It's exactly what I was hoping for when I picked up this book.
It was really dark, which I was expecting. But by the last few chapters, everything felt so bleak I felt just drained and depressed by the end. I can't say I enjoyed it overall, exactly, if it made me feel that awful, in the end. But I still enjoyed being surprised, and piecing things together, guessing what was going to happen next, and the writing is really very clever.
If you like dark stories, and like a convoluted plot that keeps you guessing, I would definitely recommend this. Myself, I'm still not quite sure how I feel. I should go read a good satire now.