After the third woman told me that I HAD to read Gone Girl, I succumbed. Well, almost. Started it three different times, wondering what I was missing. Finally just jumped to the ending (after all, each woman had emphasized how stunned she was by the ending) and still didn't get it. Didn't enjoy the writing - felt too studied, too affected. Disliked the characters - an apathetic wimp married to a narcissistic sociopath...ugh. Was turned off by the style - alternating chapters that illuminate the inner thoughts of characters I wouldn't want to meet, let alone get to know so intimately! Thinking that made my skin crawl. A plot that felt contrived - granted I don't know any sociopaths...don't want to either. For me - nothing redeeming.
So rather than go into the content any further (you can find the same reviews), it might clarify my reaction best if I share that I don't watch Criminal Minds or Law and Order: SVU. I prefer Elementary or Castle to Hannibal or The Following; and when I'm blue, I search for a classic musical or a Golden Girls rerun. I enjoy the psychological mysteries of PD James or Ruth Rendell; I stopped reading Patricia Cornwall when her plots became darker and darker and doubt I'll try another Gillian Flynn.