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Gone Girl by [Flynn, Gillian]
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Review

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)

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)

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

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

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)

Read it and stay single. (FINANCIAL TIMES)

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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

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

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)

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

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

a brilliant, darkly comic tale (Laura Wilson THE GUARDIAN)

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)

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

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)

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)

An utterly gripping thriller (EMERALD STREET)

Gone Girl should be the big poolside read this year. Fresh out om paperback, it's a page-turning abduction mystery with an awful lot of twists. (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

A tautly written thriller about the unravelling of a marriage that is deservedly topping the bestseller charts. (THE OBSERVER)

The story of a husband searching for his vanished wife has everything - psychological acuity, humour, an unflagging pace and more twists than you could hope for in your most serpentine dreams...a sumptuous, satisfying read. (STYLIST)

The story-telling is incredibly compelling, with the cunning opening mystery soon turning down unpredictable routes, while the characters are superbly believable. No wonder it's the book that everyone seems to be reading. (Boyd Hilton HEAT MAGAZINE)

If you haven't yet caught up with this word-of-mouth bestseller - about a woman's mysterious disappearance and the secrets she and her husband are keeping - get hold of it soon. It really does live up to the hype. (WOMAN MAGAZINE)

I'm currently reading Gone Girl, a brilliant novel about how we never quite know the people we fall in love with. It's one of those novels that you discuss endlessly with your closest friends. (Sharleen Spiteri, lead singer in Texas)

This thriller is the must-read of the year. (THE SUN)

(GONE GIRL) turned the rules of your average psychological thriller inside-out...it's breathtaking (THE TIMES)

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)

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)

Review

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: 1869 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0297859382
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (24 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZXK08C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 10,435 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #889 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am going to attempt to review this book without giving any significant plot-lines away. Which is really hard to do as the plot is tightly woven and spoilers and revelations dominate the story line.

Firstly let me explain why Gone Girl only received four stars. This book was so close to a five-star rating but then the ending appeared. The book should have ended much sooner, instead I was left with an extremely disappointing ending. There were so many places the book could have stopped that would have left me in suspense or even wishing that the writer had written more. Instead I wish Flynn had stopped sooner.

But that is the only bit of moaning that you will get from me!

The book’s narrative is divided between the two main characters – Nick and Amy. Nick’s narrative begins from the day Amy goes missing, while Amy’s narrative (her diary) starts five years ago, on the day the couple met.

The story begins slowly exploring Nick and Amy’s relationship, their marriage woes and their financial troubles. While Nick is constantly questioned by the police and by Amy’s own parents. The second half of the story speeds up the pace as the characters reveal their true personalities and motives into Amy’s disappearance – and there’s a revelation, which was a shock.

The revelations in the book make it impossible to choose who is to blame for Amy’s disappearance. You think you have it figured out, your finger is about to point at someone, and then your theories get destroyed.

This book will make you question how well you really know someone. Do you know the real person or the mask? What motivates them?

Overall you may despise the characters, think that Nick and Amy both deserve each other but you will be completely drawn into this book as you are manipulated by the characters and begin to attempt to solve the crime yourself
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I bought this book to keep me diverted through the tedious parts of travelling and it delivered on that, hence the four stars. It started off very well. Nick's wife Amy has disappeared and we have his account of the attempts to find her and the increasing stress and suspicion he is under. Alternate chapters are Amy's diary, detailing their relationship from the beginning and the pressures on it in post-recession America. I really liked this approach, which was partly crime story and partly love story. The writing is clever and I liked the way the characters are portrayed as products of their very different backgrounds.

Halfway through there is an audacious plot twist, audacious because it takes some believing, but also because the author has to carry the reader through the rest of the book when the main mystery has been explained. From this point on, the book becomes a psychological thriller and the writing isn't nearly as sharp. The author does manage to keep control of her increasingly complex plot and it fair rattles along at the end, but at times, I found it difficult to care what happens.
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After many recommendations I finally succumbed to the temptation to read "Gone Girl". Why did it take me so long to read it? Well it just didn't appeal to me. I thought I had enough psychos in my life (or hovering on the fringe of it) and I just didn't have the patience to tolerate another one. I'm almost ashamed to admit that not only did I indulge another psycho, I actually couldn't take my eyes off of her. Them. Because every character in this book is a psycho. Come to think of it, the author must be psychotic to have written it. A very rich-off-the-royalties psycho. And I'm left a jibbering wreck thinking someone with a mind like that has written a book like this. The last time I consulted the DSM5, " paranoia" was still listed as a serious mental problem so surely there must be a million readers still reeling from the after effects of this book, all wondering if they too aren't a little too worried for their own good.
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The problem with coming late to the party with an ultra-hyped book like this is that we've heard so much about the plot, the twists and the ending that the poor book is almost bound to disappoint - well, this one doesn't.

Flynn has created a riveting portrait of a warped and perverse marriage where both participants are twisted, bitter and ruthless. The alternating narrative doesn't so much play with our sympathies as confirm the extent to which Amy and Nick are perfectly matched in their manipulations, lies and malice.

Many reviewers have hated the ending but I felt it was the only logical outcome given the characters Flynn has created - we close this clever book with the chilling sense that the gloves are off, the game is still on, and there can only be one survivor...
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I found this to be a page turner, and in the first book the story is told from two persons' different perspective and you have an affinity to one of them. This is flipped on its head in the second book, and by the end you realise it's purely about how one person can have power over another. I felt that some of the sexual language was a bit over the top and could have been just as enjoyable without it, hence only four stars
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I found the first half of the book quite boring. It was too slow and the author kept waffling on about stuff that was nothing to do with the story. This happened too much and I was on the verge of giving up and reading something else but 52% in it started to get interesting and then I couldn't put it down. The book makes you like and dislike each character all the way through and constantly change your mind and opinion on who to like. I enjoyed the second half of the book but I was a bit surprised with the ending.
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