Gone Girl Paperback – 25 Sep 2014
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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)
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.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wanted to know how it would end so kept reading but found language of characters a little strong for my taste.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Incredible read, you had me screaming with fury at the ending! Much better than the film, would recommend to anyone who likes crime thrillers and mysteries.Published 4 days ago by Kate
Just finished this book for the second time- something I don't normally do - and once again, I couldn't put it down. A masterpiece.Published 5 days ago by sara charlotte
Nick's wife Amy has disappeared.
There is only one word for this book-brilliant. In both Nick and Amy, Flynn has accomplished something very few novel do and create characters... Read more
As I started this book I wasn't too sure about it and considering putting it down But as I got a few chapters in I couldn't put it down. What a twist and unnerving story. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Joanne