Gone Girl Paperback – 3 Jan 2013
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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)
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)
There are two sides to every story... The international phenomenon and No.1 bestseller that was made into a major motion picture starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Includes Reading Group Notes.See all Product description
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There is a lot to enjoy in this book - I haven't seen the film yet so no idea how it compares - but the reason it's a 4 for me is the ending left me a little disappointed. I can't tell if there's a likelihood of a sequel or if the author has deliberately left it in this open-ended way which allows you to come to your own conclusions about what the future holds for her characters. I suspect it's the latter and judging by the reactions of my book club, some will love and some will hate that.
One of the better books I've read this year, will be looking for more of this author's work.
I picked up very much so 50% of the way through right through to about 99% and then the bombshell. Or not.
The book finished like finishing a sentence half...
Completely anti climatic.
The characters irritated me. The plot was predictable out not enjoyable but only for 40% of the time. It felt to me that i was reading to see when the action would actually kick off.
Would I recommend it? Well, maybe if you could pick it up for under a pound. Otherwise I'd say think twice because if i had this I had copy it'd now be in a charity shop.
Love everything in the book, I would be foolish to say otherwise. Some of the outer characters are not as rounded as much as the main characters, but it's 'amazingly' well planned out.
A husbands worst fears realised. Dream girl, cool girl, nightmare girl!
'Amazing' how easy blame is is directed at one partner once any detail of a relationship is given.
Just shows you can never judge someone else's relationship, even when you may know both as individuals. Fiction can be strange but life is always stranger.
Some relationships do bring the best out in both partners, while other relationships drain one or both partners of all life. There is always hard work to be done and when one partner stops trying it is going to get very rocky, although some just like it that way ... You make your bed and have to lay in it ...
Sleep tight tonight and always be at your best!
It took me a good 15/20% to get into the story but once I did I was hooked. I have to admit up until then I kept changing my mind about what happened but then it started becoming quite obvious.
It was around this point that I started changing my feelings towards the main characters - Nick & Amy - too. At first I was disliking one and warmed to the other, but then it completely reversed even with everything that kept coming out of the woodwork about them. Go though - I absoutely loved her and her wit all the way through!
I enjoyed the story but I wasn't totally struck on the writing style. I found the use of so many brackets quite distracting as I had to go back and reread the sentence at points. I did like the diary format though and it wasn't confusing for me going from past to present. The ending was a bit abrupt, though I think the story was the right length and there would have been information overload if it carried on.
All in all it was a gripping read and a 4* from me.
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