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Gone Girl (Thorndike Press Large Print Core Series) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Gillian Flynn
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26 Sep 2012 Thorndike Press Large Print Core Series

THE ADDICTIVE No.1 BESTSELLER THAT EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT.

Who are you?

What have we done to each other?

These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police 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 weren't made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 711 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg Rep edition (26 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410450953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410450951
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.7 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,079 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,126,365 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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"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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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There are two sides to every story... The No.1 bestselling novel that everyone is talking about, GONE GIRL is now a major motion picture starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Includes Reading Group Notes. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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216 of 227 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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237 of 273 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not deserving of the hype 24 Feb 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I found Gone Girl an OK read on the plus side I liked the overall premise of a story being told from two perspectives and I didn't work out the whole plot immediately so it held some intrigue. But I found the style of writing to be a bit too glossy magazine for my taste and the characters rather 2 dimensional. Not only did I find them unbelievable but I found myself not really caring what happened to them the further I read on. I won't say I totally disliked the book but also found it undeserving of the rave reviews, in the end my overall feeling was of indifference.
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323 of 373 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
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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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76 of 89 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 3 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I loved this book it kept me guessing and on edge all the way through and I couldn't wait for the outcome. But, unfortunately it is one of those books that leave you guessing. Sorry to spoil it for anyone but I was so disappointed by the ending I wanted to strangle the author :-(
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Brilliant! 6 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I cannot praise this book enough. It's suspenseful, complex and very well thought out. The characters are well written and the things they say and do fit their personalities entirely.

I did guess the ending - sort of - in the firsr few pages of Part Two but Gillian's ending thankfully wasn't was weak as the one I'd conjured up.

Very exciting to have read she was writing the screenplay and that a movie is imminent.

Just fabulous reading.

I'm now reading Dark Places which is (almost gruesomely) detaied and brilliant!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 22 April 2014
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This is a great book, fantastic story and very clever. I was a tad disappointed with the ending but I would still highly recommend it as a great read.
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158 of 192 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing (seems a fitting title...) 17 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Recently, I have found it hard to trust the book charts (50'shades anyone...) but on this occasion I took a gamble and having read no reviews or summaries, I gave Gone Girl a chance. I completely, honestly urge everyone to do the same. This book is so well written, and covers so many unique character personalities that I kept having to remind myself that this was a work of fiction. The plot unravels so majestically that I genuinely couldn't put the novel down, and the shocks in the text were exactly like- unexpected, earth-shattering shocks. If great, modern, suspenseful literature is something you crave, then you NEED to read this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Gone girl
This book was frustrating and irritating in equal measures. Highly implausible plot with no consistency of characterization. Don't read it.
Published 7 hours ago by Maryanne
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Enjoyed reading Gone girl although i found it was a bit slow to start it eventually got better, full of twists and turns but totally hated the ending, what a let down.
Published 7 hours ago by Mrs Sandra McDonald
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok read
I don't know what all the hype was about ,I was really disappointed with the ending,it made me wish I hadn't persevered with it and I'm glad I didn't pay full price for it.
Published 9 hours ago by Debbie Gavin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very different story really keeps you wondering.
Published 11 hours ago by Dawn Kershaw
2.0 out of 5 stars I actually think I hate this book - I just want to erase the ...
Don't understand the big deal about this book at all. I reached the Desi portion and I didn't even want to finish as I just knew it wasn't going to end in a satisfying way. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Juniper Flowers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Could'nt put it down
Published 13 hours ago by Mr B A Stark
1.0 out of 5 stars Time is too precious to waste on rubbish like this!
Life is too short to waste it on rubbish like this. If you have any appreciation of decent literature, decent story-lines, decent characters - then steer well clear!
Published 23 hours ago by LizM
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read
Published 1 day ago by Terry Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good characters, a great storyteller.
Published 1 day ago by kathy hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars Shocking
Kept me gripped till the end ...psycho bitch indeed !! Feel for Nick and Amy's parents and everyone who met her and was wronged by her ...would like a sequel ???
Published 1 day ago by Jill mcg
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