The Least Charismatic Main Characters in a Highly Successful Novel Award: Amy and Nick Dunne (Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn) SPOILERS AHEADRead about another entry on the list.
Let’s contemplate the Dunnes: she’s a sociopath so broken by her parents’ selfish upbringing that she considers faking her own murder in order to punish her husband a reasonable course of action. He’s a slow-witted weakling who wallows in self-pity and failure, so self-involved he doesn’t notice his wife is framing him for her own murder right under his nose. If the twisty story in this book wasn’t so darn great, it would be unbearable to spend even five minutes with these two. Next time you find yourself wishing you were in a relationship, ask yourself if you know any Nick and Amys in your life—you almost certainly do. Now, consider yourself lucky you’re not them.
Gone Girl made C.A. Higgins's top five list of books with plot twists that flip your perception, Ruth Ware's top ten list of psychological thrillers, Jane Alexander's top ten list of treasure hunts in fiction, Fanny Blake's list of five top books about revenge, Monique Alice's list of six great fictional evil geniuses, Jeff Somers's lists of six books that’ll make you glad you’re single and five books with an outstanding standalone scene that can be read on its own, Lucie Whitehouse's ten top list of psychological suspense novels with marriages at their heart and Kathryn Williams's list of eight of fiction’s craziest unreliable narrators.
Also see: The ten worst couples in literature.