Liked the book, hated the ending; hated the book, liked the ending; liked both; hated both. I think that covers the possible responses. I haven’t heard anyone say it wasn’t well-written, but Gone Girl generated a lot of controversy among members of a writers web group I belong to. We don’t even agree if the “big reveal” comes in the middle or at the end. (In the interest of not spoiling the read for anyone who hasn’t yet, I’m not going to say any more about the “big reveal” candidates, but if you’ve read the book, you know what I’m talking about.)
It’s a thriller and a page turner that captures most readers whether they like the characters or not – maybe even whether they like the book or not. Several people admitted to throwing the book across the room when they finished. That would be members of the hate the ending faction. Gone Girl is dark enough that I have hesitated to read more of Gillian Flynn’s books, but I will. I’m too curious not to.
The outrage that this ending generated reminded me of how I felt after finishing The Last Time They Met by Anita Shreve, one of my favorite authors; that is, used, abused misled and angry. I was also crying, because the ending broke my heart. And I did pass the book on – as I did Gone Girl.