***Warning! This post contains spoilers!***
Now that we got that out of the way…
I went into this book with high expectations. It was recommended to me by many people and on the bestseller list, so I thought it may be my next favorite. But, as with most things that start with high expectations, I ended up a little disappointed.
Let me start out by saying I think Gillian Flynn is an excellent writer. I admire her ability to tell a tale from two different character’s viewpoints and then add an alternate personality to one of them. I just hated the ending.
The book is divided into three sections. The first starts out with a missing wife. We oscillate between the husband’s point of view, as told in real-time, and the wife’s point of view, as told by her diary entries. As the reader, even though we are hearing from the husband in the first person, you truly start to wonder if he killed her.
In the second section, we actually hear from the wife’s point of view in real-time. We discover she staged her own disappearance, fabricated the diary (making up seven years worth of fake entries, elaborately tying in special events to make it seem believable), all to frame her husband whom she caught cheating on her. We again flip between her viewpoint and her husband’s.
The third section is the wife returning home, clearing the husband’s name, and then an ending that could have been so much more.
As mentioned, I enjoyed the writing and think Gillian Flynn does a good job. I was captivated for the second section, eagerly waiting to hear how everything was going to pan out. But what fell flat was there were not enough examples to show how psychotic was. Because the first section was drastically different, and moved much slower, I would have preferred that part shorter and the second section longer to further detail how nuts she was.
Also, the ending. The husband knows his wife killed a man she knew in order to stage an “escape from a captor.” She then impregnates herself with her husband’s semen, which she had saved in order to do such a thing. Despite all of this, after she framed him, fearing for his life, he stays with her. And that’s it. The book just ends with the two of them as a family. The last entry is from her, “just to have the last word.” I kept waiting for him to get his revenge, but…nope.
If I hadn’t hated the ending, I may have felt different about the overall book. However, it received great reviews from many, so may be worth checking out. I’m also eager to check out other books by the author.