Could I Handle Gone Girl?
It’s been a long time since I have been more on-the-fence about a book than I am about Gone Girl. I want to read it and I don’t want to read it at the same time. So hopefully people who have (or are not going to for some reason) read it can nudge me definitively to one side or the other. If I’m going to start it, I want to grab it tomorrow.
Reasons why I don’t want to read it:
A few nights ago, Josh asked me to watch Broadchurch with him. I knew nothing about it. Early in the episode when the boy was missing, I knew this was something I didn’t want to see and passively mentioned that to Josh several times. I sat through the end of the first episode even though it made me feel sick (especially when the mother ran across the sand). Then I had terrible nightmares that night. I often have nightmares, but these nightmares were worse than usual — more violent, more upsetting. They stuck with me the whole next day.
I don’t know if that was because the person harmed was a child, or if I’d feel the same way if it were a husband. I have never been one to watch CSI or any of the police shows. Thinking about someone being murdered isn’t entertainment for me.
Gone Girl is about a woman who goes missing, so I’m scared that it will end up giving me nightmares and sticking with me in the worst way, coating my day.
Reasons why I want to read it:
Despite sounding as if I’m completely anti-suspense novels, I usually do enjoy mysteries or suspense novels the few times when I’ve read one. I like trying to figure out what happened, and I’ve heard that the ending of this book provides an authentically surprising twist.
It also doesn’t sound realistic to our particular life. I could imagine how the characters on Broadchurch felt — just a small town family who has lost their child — and the show focuses on their grief. Whereas my understanding of Gone Girl is that this isn’t a murder case per se (it’s a missing persons case). The characters sound completely alien from our lives, like reading about celebrities. It sounds like a safer choice when talking about a suspense book. I couldn’t, for instance, read The Lovely Bones. But Nick and Amy don’t sound (from the description) like people we are or people we would know. That gives me a lot of distance that allows me to enjoy the story.
It’s been on the bestseller list for so long that I feel a little strange avoiding it. Similarly, I’d like to read JK Rowling’s Cuckoo’s Calling since I really loved the Casual Vacancy. Though that’s another one that I worry whether I could handle though it sounds so far removed from my real world that perhaps I could read it without getting scared.
So, for those who have read Gone Girl (or for those who aren’t reading it and can explain why), could I handle this book? Or hey, weigh in on Cuckoo’s Calling too if you can.
Crowdsourcing my reading list…