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Gone Girl [Hardcover]

Gillian Flynn
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24 May 2012

'What are you thinking, Amy? The question I've asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions stormcloud over every marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?'

Just how well can you ever know the person you love? This is the question that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war. . .

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; Hardback edition (24 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297859382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297859383
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,467 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gillian Flynn's first novel SHARP OBJECTS was the winner of two CWA DAGGERS, and was shortlisted for the GOLD DAGGER, and also for an EDGAR. She lives in Chicago with her husband.

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Flynn, an extraordinarily good writer, plays her readers with the finesse and delicacy of an expert angler. She wields her unreliable narrators to stunning effect, baffling, disturbing and delighting in turn, practically guaranteeing an immediate reread once her terrifying, wonderful conclusion is reached... an early contender for thriller of the year, and an absolute must-read. (Alison Flood THE OBSERVER 2012-05-20)

These voices are wonderfully authentic, to the point where the reader becomes a gawker at the full-spectrum of marital dysfunction. Excellent. (John O'Connor THE GUARDIAN 2012-05-12)

Gone Girl is superbly constructed, ingeniously paced and absolutely terrifying... a Five-star suspense mystery. (AN Wilson READERS' DIGEST 2012-05-01)

in this riveting noirish thriller and intense dissection of a marriage, nothing is as it seems. (WOMAN AND HOME 2012-05-03)

Flynn keeps the accelerator firmly to the floor, ratcheting up the tension with wildly unexpected plot twists, contradictory stories and the tantalising feeling that nothing is as it seems. Deviously good. (MARIE CLAIRE 2012-05-03)

Read it and stay single. (FINANCIAL TIMES 2012-05-05)

funny, cunning thriller... the tale takes some stomach-churning turns, right to its chilling conclusion (PSYCHOLOGIES 2012-05-01)

A chilling, stylish read about another unknowable woman (ELLE 2012-05-02)

Flynn has created a gripping tale and a page-turner. (LITERARY REVIEW 2012-05-01)

Immensely dark and deeply intelligent, Gone Girl is a book about how well one person can truly know another (METRO 2012-05-23)

Flynn is a brilliantly accomplished psychological crime writer and this latest book is so dark, so twisted and so utterly compelling that it actually messes with your mind (Carla McKay DAILY MAIL 2012-05-25)

You think you're reading a good, conventional thriller and then it grows into a fascinating portrait of one averagely mismatched relationship...Nothing's as it seems - Flynn is a fabulous plotter, and a very sharp observer of modern life in the aftermath of the credit crunch (Kate Saunders THE TIMES 2012-05-26)

Flynn's portrait of a woman trying to please an impossible husband is subtly drawn, but there are hints that all is not as it seems. One version of events hides another in a novel that cleverly manipulates the reader (Joan Smith SUNDAY TIMES 2012-05-27)

definitely a contender for thriller of the year... Flynn is, without a doubt, at the front of the pack of American thriller writers. (Doug Johnstone THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 2012-06-03)

In what is so much more than a straightforward crime novel (with a mid-story twist so shocking you'll drop the book), Flynn unpicks the minutiae of the couple's personalities and relationship (EASY LIVING 2012-06-01)

A chilling tale of a hip, New York couple's failing marriage: smart, suspenseful and brilliantly written, Gone Girl is a class act (THE INDEPENDENT 2012-06-09)

a terrifically intelligent thriller with a gasp-inducing twist (GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 2012-06-01)

she skillfully manages to sustain tension and uncertainty to the end, as well as presenting a beautiful portrait of marriage disintegration (Marcel Berlins THE TIMES 2012-06-09)

This is Flynn's third novel and she's more than found her voice, creating taut, thrilling, deeply intense narratives about characters very much on the edge (Henry Sutton DAILY MIRROR 2012-06-08)

a near-masterpiece. Flynn is an extraordinary writer who, with every sentence, makes words do things that other writers merely dream of" (SOPHIE HANNAH SUNDAY EXPRESS 2012-06-17)

Ms Flynn's latest novel of psychological suspense will confound anyone trying to keep up with her quicksilver mind and diabolical rules of play (INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE 2012-06-16)

Just about everyone I meet, and everyone on Twitter, is telling me it's brilliant, so I can't wait to see what the fuss is all about. (S.J. Watson SUNDAY EXPRESS 2012-07-08)

Gripping thriller: Nick's wife, Amy, is missing and he's a suspect. The story is told by Nick, then Amy, but who's telling the truth? (ESSENTIALS 2012-08-01)

A brilliant switchback ride, you'll beg others to read it so you can discuss it with them (John Williams IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY 2012-07-15)

Gone Girl confirms that Gillian Flynn is the smartest new crime writer for years. (John Williams MAIL ON SUNDAY 2012-07-29)

Toxic marriage simmers in this thriller with a gasp-inducing twist. (GRAZIA 2012-08-13)

The set-up is simple: girl goes missing, husband looks increasingly suspect. But there's much more going on beneath the surface of this fiendishly clever thriller" (VOGUE 2012-11-01)

Single-handedly defines a genre of Media Gothic (Brooke Magnanti TATLER 2012-11-01)

Exhilarating and creepy, it has sent me rushing off to her other novels. (Tracey Thorn NEW STATESMAN 2012-11-23)

a brilliant, darkly comic tale (Laura Wilson THE GUARDIAN 2012-12-01)

One of the most popular thrillers of the year is also one of the smartest... Flynn's book cleverly outpaces its neo-noir trappings and consistently surprises the reader. (FINANCIAL TIMES 2012-12-01)

A completely gripping account of a dysfunctional (is there any other sort?) marriage. (Rachel Johnson METRO 2012-11-08)

Read Gone Girl: The Thriller of 2012... Flynn relentlessly plays with her reader, dangling hints and hushing up truths through two narrators who become more and more unreliable as the plot unravels. (Jessica Whiteley STYLIST 2012-12-04)

A stunning psychological thriller to send a chill through the heart of every married couple... Read it now, it is that good. (Geoffrey Wansell DAILY MAIL 2012-12-07)

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The art of marriage truly is the art of war in the new novel from the CWA awardwinning author of SHARP OBJECTS and DARK PLACES.

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233 of 245 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read - Apart From The Ending 25 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Amy and Nick are married for five years, but there is not much harmony left. All of a sudden, Amy is missing. And from there, a more and more surprising and devious plot develops, cleverly and elegantly put together by a very talented writer.

It is difficult to talk about the plot without risking spoilers. So let's say this: It is not a conventional thriller. There are twists and totally surprising developments, we are getting manipulated and are lied to by both protagonists. It's not only a thriller, the book is also about unconventional truths about love and marriage. Sadly, the ending is a disappointment. Best not to expect too much from it and just enjoy the reading of the novel as such.

The book is always straightforward and readable, but maybe there are a few digressions too many. I can't help but feeling that nowadays thriller writers feel the need to expand their books to 600 pages when 400 would have done just as well. That's stupid, because it automatically weakens the suspense.

Gillian Flynn really deconstructed love and marriage here a lot, so I have a suggestion for readers who would like to read a (shorter) crime novel which is thrilling, full of dark humor and lets you believe in love again: Heads Off (A Lisa Becker Mystery)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start, lousy finish... 2 Aug 2014
Am something of a thriller junkie, always on the look out for the next 'thriller of the year' or the undiscovered gem. Had not read any Gilllian Flynn and I have to say, I thought the writing style was absolutely fabulous, creating a really strong plot line and strong characters, all written in a genuine, New York style. I read the first half of the book at a canter and was telling everybody it was a real page turner and one of the best thrillers I had read in ages. Then it all went down hill. Am not quite sure what happened after that. The quality of the writing held up but the storytelling went out the window. The plot twists became ever more incredulous and the final, closing twist was just absurd. As others have said, it's as if Flynn didn't actually know how to finish the book.
So a real shame. It's a great story (and structure) which sets off at a cracking pace and the quality of the writing is top notch throughout. We are all prepared to suspend belief to some extent but the second half of the book just deteriorates into farce. Probably the biggest anti-climax in a thriller I can remember in a long time. Exactly the opposite of, say, Joanne Harris' 'Gentleman and Players' where the final twist actually takes your breath away, or Adam Loxley's 'The Teleios Ring' a British thriller which is a real undiscovered gem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I finished reading Gone Girl this week, and an sorry to say that it was a huge disappointment to me. It came highly recommended to me and I avoided reading the many Amazon reviews so that I could decide for myself.


Where do I start.... I knew a couple of chapters into the book that it just wasn't doing it for me. However, I decided to stick with it in the hope that it would pick up or that justice would win out. The two main characters, Amy and Nick were so unlikeable, I would find it hard to believe that a couple 'in love' could fall to those depths of hate (however, they never really loved each other did they?). Amy was a creation of her parents, and Nick a spoilt brat, who never grew up. Their finances, struggling business, etc were just too unbelievable. There were so many holes in the plot I couldn't even begin to describe them in a review, but the most implausible was that she was 'in hiding' in the rented lodge and she befriended two very unlikely characters, especially while her case was live on TV (even watching the TV programme with the girl). But it gets worse and worse. I won't ruin it for any other readers, but the end of it is beyond ridiculous. The frozen sick, the frozen sperm (used without the owners permission), the police interview (of Amy), there were so many holes in her story she should have just been thrown in jail straight away. I won't even go on. My final point is, how on earth will this be made into a film - there isn't even a potential screen play there. Good luck readers who decide to read it. After all, 30m people read Fifty Shades of Grey, so there is a market there for badly written books! I won't be back for more from Ms Flynn nor will I watch the film, unless it is for a critique.
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323 of 376 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book of two halves that lingers in the mind 25 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm not really into crime novels/mysteries, which this book generally seems to be billed as, so despite having heard a lot of hype, I wouldn't have bothered reading it were it not for one thing - a list of quotations from the book I found on Goodreads.

There were a couple of quotes , for example one about the dangers of being a cool girl and one about meeting someone who gets you, that really resonated with me and left me unable to resist giving the book a go. Added to this, several reviews mentioned that there was a big twist that they genuinely hadn't seen coming, and I can never resist a good, well-handled twist.

The first thing I'd say is that I'm glad I took a chance on the book. It was difficult to put down; I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next, and I think parts of it will stick in my mind for a long time. So in short, I'd definitely recommend.

It's hopefully not too spoiler-ish to say that the first half of the book is basically mediations on a relationship combined with a mystery: a woman has disappeared - where has she gone? The second half then becomes much more like a psychological crime thriller.

In the first half, there are two voices. Chapters alternate between Nick's (the husband) narration, starting with the day of his wife's disappearance, and Amy's (the wife) diary entries, dating back from the day the two first met years before, and gradually working up to a few days before her mysterious disappearance.

Browsing through some of the reviews on here, I was struck by how many people have commented that they found the first half hard going and a bit irritating, but loved the second half.

Interestingly, I almost entirely disagree.
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Really liked this one, well written, great plot, very original, although slightly scared of my wife now! will read another by ms Flynn! Many thanks,
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