Gone Girl ~ Gillian Flynn

Yes, I know ! Way behind everybody else, long after two of my daughters have read the book, watched the film, and both have exclaimed "Ugh! " I finally got around to reading this.
 I offer no defence. I am stubborn. I refuse to read with the pack.  I think this stems from my childhood of having to read "Janet and John"  along with the rest of the class, when I was longing to get home to pick up "Breakfast At Tiffanys".  I longed to grow up to become Holly Golightly, and well remember my father muttering "Please don't" and trying to persuade me away from Capote, and onto Lewis Carroll.  He succeeded, and I didn't.  I really couldn't be less like Holly.  But I am still stubborn; so I begged my friends not to give away the plot  and  to give me time. They did (Thank you).   Gone Girl - Well written - BUT.
  The trouble is, you know who the rotter is fairly early on; and anyone who has ever observed parenting closely, could tell you very quickly that something is going to go very badly wrong  in these lives.  And then right on cue,  it does.
And yes, I loathed the ending. (It seems that everybody loathes the ending ....is Flynn planning a sequel? If not...cruel, Gillian Flynn;  cruel. ). Worth reading, but not nearly as satisfying as "The Girl on the Train".  

It seems I am all about betrayal at the moment ...as I am  listening to "You Are One Of Them"  courtesy of my library card. (Library cards are the hidden gifts of the 21st century, really! ) Another book of betrayal .

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins

   Of late, I've been pondering about manipulators.  Partly because I recently had my eyes painfully opened by a master of the practice, and this has made me only too aware of others . Partly because my favourite radio programme,  (The Archers, BBC Radio 4).  has in its storyline, a man who is skilfully manipulating his partner.  I'm both appalled at his actions, and fascinated by his skill.  The heart of this book is about manipulation.  I shan't say by whom, I don't want to spoil the plot. I would've been very unhappy had I been told more than the vaguest outline before I began to enjoy this book. I shall just say, I was utterly fooled ,  it wasn't who I thought it was. And this  really is the skill of Hawkins' writing. I went constantly back and forth  liking  one person, distrusting another then changing my mind. Back and forth, until I could no longer trust my own  instincts.   Ultimately, Paula Hawkins was the master manipulator here, and I  happily succumbed. Anybody who has been familiar with a regular commute into any major British town from elsewhere, will immediately connect with Rachel and her daily commute into Euston. Those brief glimpses of suburban life that one gets, views of a community that not even residents are familiar with.  The story is told in three voices. Rachel's is the strongest. Then there is Anna, and Megan.  Each one of them draws sympathy, and just as quickly, each one invites disdain. The book is a psychological thriller that had me utterly hooked from the first line to the last.    I listened to the audio version of the book, which was read by Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey and India Fisher.  They did an excellent job. A perfect audio for a commute on a train!