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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As time goes on you find out what is in store for Nick and not only has Amy become more devious she is in control of what happens to him, she has been very patient plotting and planning and to say more will mean too many spoilers. If you like a dark twisted tale this is for you, and throw in a toxic relationship well for me it was a no brainer
It follows a similar pattern to Sharp Objects in that we have a socially inept heroine who is not entirely likeable. In fact, Libby is wholly unlikeable but she doesn't shy away from admitting that she is entirely selfish and motivated by greed. There is an attempt to garner sympathy for the character courtesy of the brutal murder of her family and her dirt poor upbringing but having heard from Libby itself you can't help but have the secret wish she'd met her end too. Her brother Ben is an enigmatic character and, for me, he came across as having severe mental issues which led him to his current predicament.
The plot is very strong and the juxtaposition of then and now is fluid and works very well within the context of the book. There are twists and turns here and a no holds barred telling of life below the poverty line where every quarter makes a difference. There is also a good examination of small town life where everyone is quick to judge and outward appearance belies the reality.
The introduction of the Kill Club was a good device for getting Libby interested in finding out what really did happen in January 1985. You also get the feeling that there is much more to tell about the people that populate this thriving underground club and that they may well be revisited in the future.
I was expecting to be sucked down the rabbit hole of Ms Flynn's disturbed imagination and to be unable to put the book down (as has happened the twice I have read Sharp Objects) but I did find it easy to put the book down. It is not the unrelenting grimness and darkness within the pages that caused this but rather a lack of genuine interest in how things turn out for the Day family.
This is a good solid Thriller and worth 3.5 Stars.
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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