I’ve learned over the years that I’m extremely picky when it comes to reading a book. I’m not at all picky about buying one, the covers, the blurbs, those can always fool me into thinking the book will be fantastic and then I’ll start to read it and will just find it to be extremely boring. Or poorly written. Or just not interesting enough.
The worst though is buying a book because it’s been raved about, because it was a bestseller, because they made a movie about it so it had to be good right?
Marriage can be a real killer.Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Goodreads Description
One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.
Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Goodreads Description
Both of these books I was expecting tense thrills. I was expecting excitement and interesting plots and characters. All I was left with was…boredom. Both I didn’t get that far in and to be honest I’m not even sure I’d want to try reading them again. I did watch the Gone Girl movie and found it to be disturbing really, and slightly curious how much was different, but Girl on the Train was just a snore fest for me. I didn’t find any of the characters that were introduced remotely interesting or worth caring about.
Nothing happened several chapters in and I wondered if when the moment that is supposed to kind of turn Girl on the Train around happened if I’d just find it anti climatic.
At the end of the day these two books just didn’t entice me at all but maybe I’m missing something, maybe I didn’t read far enough into them. What did you think about these books? Are they worth a read? Should I give them another go? Or did you find them as boring and uninteresting as I did? I’d love to read your comments!!