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Gone Girl: A Novel

Gone Girl: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Gillian Flynn
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5,259 customer reviews)

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"A perfect wife's disappearance plunges her husband into a nightmare as it rips open ugly secrets about his marriage and, just maybe, his culpability in her death... One of those rare thrillers whose revelations actually intensify its suspense instead of dissipating it. The final pages are chilling." --"Kirkus "(starred review) "[W]hat looks like a straightforward case of a husband killing his wife to free himself from a bad marriage morphs into something entirely different in Flynn's hands. As evidenced by her previous work (Sharp Objects, 2006, and Dark Places, 2009), she possesses a disturbing worldview, one considerably amped up by her twisted sense of humor. Both a compelling thriller and a searing portrait of marriage, this could well be Flynn's breakout novel. It contains so many twists and turns that the outcome is impossible to predict." --"Booklist "(starred review) "Flynn cements her place among that elite group of mystery/thriller writers who unfailingly deliver the goods...Once again Flynn has written an intelligent, gripping tour de force, mixing a riveting plot and psychological intrigue with a compelling prose style that unobtrusively yet forcefully carries the reader from page to page." --"Library Journal "(starred review) "Flynn masterfully lets this tale of a marriage gone toxically wrong gradually emerge through alternating accounts by Nick and Amy, both unreliable narrators in their own ways. The reader comes to discover their layers of deceit through a process similar to that at work in the imploding relationship. Compulsively readable, creepily unforgettable, this is a must read for any fan of bad girls and good writing." --"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) ""Gone Girl" is one of the best -and most frightening -portraits of psychopathy I've ever read. Nick and Amy manipulate each other -with savage, merciless and often darkly witty dexterity. This is a wonderful and terrifying book about how the happy surface nor


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 20120505)

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 20120501)

Gone Girl is superbly constructed, ingeniously paced and absolutely terrifying... a Five-star suspense mystery. (An Wilson READERS' DIGEST 20120502)

in this riveting noirish thriller and intense dissection of a marriage, nothing is as it seems. (WOMAN AND HOME 20120501)

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 20120523)

Read it and stay single. (FINANCIAL TIMES 20120525)

funny, cunning thriller... the tale takes some stomach-churning turns, right to its chilling conclusion (PSYCHOLOGIES 20120526)

A chilling, stylish read about another unknowable woman (ELLE 20120527)

Flynn has created a gripping tale and a page-turner. (LITERARY REVIEW 20120603)

Immensely dark and deeply intelligent, Gone Girl is a book about how well one person can truly know another (METRO 20120601)

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 20120609)

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 20120601)

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 huges another in a novel that cleverly manipulates the reader (Joan Smith SUNDAY TIMES 20120609)

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 20120608)

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 20120617)

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 20120616)

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

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 )

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 )

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 )

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 )

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1810 KB
  • Print Length: 578 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553418351
  • Publisher: Crown (5 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5,259 customer reviews)
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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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274 of 295 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
2.0 out of 5 stars Implausible and misogynistic 5 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
On the one hand it is a readable thriller which zips along quite nicely. However, on the other hand there are several key problems. One, the ‘twist’ is largely predictable (I pretty quickly thought either Nick was an unreliable narrator and he was lying, or she was). Two, the ending is ludicrous. Three, and this was my BIGGEST gripe, it is deeply misogynistic. The constant references to women as bitches and the way they are all portrayed as stereotypes (Amy- the manipulative woman, Girlfriend (can’t remember name)- the young, silly, girl, Go- the Tom Boy, Boney- the hard-nosed female cop) is bad enough but the whole story line of a woman making false rape claims and setting up her “innocent” partner is highly irresponsible and only serves to reinforce the popular image perpetuated by the media when in reality the majority of rape accusations are genuine and it is fear of not being believed which prevents most women from reporting assault. I know some may say that this is ‘just a story’ but art and literature are an important reflection of the society we live in and similarly have an important role to play in shaping society. The world is not a very nice place for a lot of women and this book is not going to help that.
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348 of 410 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and glorious. 23 July 2014
By Elle B
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Gone Girl is the gripping page-turner that that everyone said it would be. Part murder-mystery, part psychological evaluation; Gone Girl will keep you entertained and glued to it's pages. It's an exciting and unnerving insight into the minds of two people who straddle the line between picture-perfect and violent sociopaths.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DARK, EXCRUCIATINGLY LONG, A EULOGY TO HATRED 14 Oct 2013
By Canbel
Format:Kindle Edition
No credit to me for actually making myself finish this seemingly endless book. I listened to it as an audio book, I have no quarrel with the narrators who had the tone just right. I made myself finish it because it was such a best seller and was on holiday so had the time. But........

As many people have said the first half of the book drags on and on as you are introduced to the worlds of Nick and Amy, the protagonists. They are not pleasant characters and have a cruel and merciless eye for the world and its occupants, their prose tediously over-written and self-indulgent.

The second half at least has more action. By now you realise that the one of them that seemed less warped is actually more warped and yes there is a twist. I thought/hoped it was going to end for quite a while, but it just crept on and on. I can't remember such relief at actually finishing a book. But at the same time it left me with a horrible feeling. In my opinion the contribution this novel makes to the world/humanity is somewhere below zero.

Great novels can reach into terrible corners and flag up corruption and injustice. But there's a spark of something that makes them a satisfying read, no matter if they are sad in part. Please more wonderful books like Reginald Hill's "The Woodcutter" and Kathryn Stockett's "The Help". Recommendations of a similiar character more than welcome!
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5.0 out of 5 stars gripping but frustrating
A story that is, and remained throughout, a difficult storyline to predict. At times I wanted to shake Nick, but at no stage could I admit to admiring him. Read more
Published 5 hours ago by Jill Brookes
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good one
Published 5 hours ago by Adrian Csaky
5.0 out of 5 stars gone girl I felt intrigued
It keeps you in suspense, what is going to happen next?
You imagine what is going to happen but are you right?
Published 6 hours ago by Annette Aynsley
5.0 out of 5 stars slow burner
slow to start and then wow you get drawn in. disappointed by the end but it was a good read
Published 7 hours ago by Julie Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Couldn't put it down!
Published 7 hours ago by Caroline Avis
1.0 out of 5 stars boooorrriing
What can I say about this book except it's long winded, boring and just stupid,
The characters are annoying the storyline is just stupid!! Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Rebecca G
3.0 out of 5 stars Ruined by hype
I think the hype ruined this book for me because, it's good and keeps you interested but it wasn't as good as I was expecting. Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Miss J C Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, just wow
Departing from every mystery thriller novel cliche that I have never much read, this book emulates them ironically. Read more
Published 10 hours ago by BOB.T
3.0 out of 5 stars Twist? What twist?
I agree with other reviewers that this could have been shorter. I only kept going because thet said there was a twist. Really? You didn't see that coming? Read more
Published 12 hours ago by EJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Good suspense.
Page turner! Good suspense.
Published 13 hours ago by Rowena Wilks
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