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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (25 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780228228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780228228
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 3.2 x 13.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10,409 customer reviews)
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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)

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)

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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.

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From cover to cover I enjoyed this book. It's refreshing when you're told good things about a book and they turn out to be true. It's interesting because neither Amy nor Nick is likeable, however, I may dislike Nick but I detest Amy. The twist, turns and surprises in this story keep you gripped and you find yourself rooting for Nick just because you don't want to root for Amy. I look forward to reading Gillian Flynn's over novels.
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When it comes to works of fiction I can be a really hard reader to please - even more when something is billed as a *true story* (which this wasn't before anyone comments that I don't know what I'm talking about - I'm just trying to let you know how hard I am to please) so in a way I bought this book expecting to hate it, and to wonder what all the positive hype that had been surrounding it was all about.

I would love to now be able to say that it's not worth the hype, it's not worth wasting your money on, and it's not worth the 4 or 5 hours that it will take to read it, but I can't. This book exceeded all expectations and then some.

So cleverly written, I was drawn in from the first few pages, and stayed drawn right up until the last (I don't want to give anything away but the ending is what stopped me from rating this a 5 star; I hated it - but that's just my opinion and didn't stop my overall enjoyment of the rest of the book).

I'm one of those people that likes to try and work out how a book is going to twist, turn or end before I am halfway through, and I thought I had that all sorted before I was quarter of the way (and I'll admit I was feeling quite smug about it), then BAM... I was hit by a twist that took me off in a totally different direction; I ended up losing count of how many times this happened. I've never read a book that had so many twists and turns, and even on the last page I was still unsure what happened, or who had done what. It is that well written.

The characters are described so well you can visualise in your own mind everything about them, from the stray strand of hair bobbing about the top of their head, to a slight scuff mark on their shoes. Not only that, they are believable and I think that's what makes this such a good book.
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I will say that I read the book way before there was discussion of a movie. I'm only posting a review as I recently bought a copy for a colleague.

The story begins innocently enough. Amy has gone missing and no one knows why. There can only be one suspect as there usually is in such a case - the husband, Nick.

I have to give credit to Gillian for weaving such a tale. I could never figure out the ending, let alone if he had really committed the crime because he would look guilty in one chapter, innocent as a baby in the next. It was such an emotional roller coaster and by the end, I was more than ready to just pass out.

A wonderfully written book!
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I really didn't like this book. I didn't like the deception, I didn't warm to any of the characters and I was glad to finish it. As a Book Club choice it will be interesting to hear other people's opinion but I certainly won't be recommending it or reading it again.
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Overall I found this book to be entertaining, I largely remained curious to see where the story would lead but also felt the whole storyline to be slightly unconvincing, clumsily written and not overly riveting. I might be being a little harsh as I am writing this review after reading the absolutely brilliant 'Wool' which I'd read immediately after reading 'Gone Girl.' OK, I know the two books are from two very different genres but that doesn't change the fact that when reading one book, I felt completely swept along and drawn into the words written in front of me and not so by the other. This I can only put down to the skill and ability of the author, as initially both books had equally caught my eye.
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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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Not my normal read but wanted to give it a go and then see the film. Part one very good nice build up to a mystery story. Part two, shock horror and still a good read. Part three, and this is were the problem s start. Just got the feeling that both me and the author thought how is this going to end. Not your usual Hollywood ending which is a good thing but also not the ending that would happen in real life. Interesting to see how Hollywood ends this story.
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