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Gone Girl: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Gillian Flynn
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"A perfect wife's disappearance plunges her husband into a nightmare as it rips open ugly secrets about his marriage and, just maybe, his culpability in her death... One of those rare thrillers whose revelations actually intensify its suspense instead of dissipating it. The final pages are chilling." --"Kirkus "(starred review) "[W]hat looks like a straightforward case of a husband killing his wife to free himself from a bad marriage morphs into something entirely different in Flynn's hands. As evidenced by her previous work (Sharp Objects, 2006, and Dark Places, 2009), she possesses a disturbing worldview, one considerably amped up by her twisted sense of humor. Both a compelling thriller and a searing portrait of marriage, this could well be Flynn's breakout novel. It contains so many twists and turns that the outcome is impossible to predict." --"Booklist "(starred review) "Flynn cements her place among that elite group of mystery/thriller writers who unfailingly deliver the goods...Once again Flynn has written an intelligent, gripping tour de force, mixing a riveting plot and psychological intrigue with a compelling prose style that unobtrusively yet forcefully carries the reader from page to page." --"Library Journal "(starred review) "Flynn masterfully lets this tale of a marriage gone toxically wrong gradually emerge through alternating accounts by Nick and Amy, both unreliable narrators in their own ways. The reader comes to discover their layers of deceit through a process similar to that at work in the imploding relationship. Compulsively readable, creepily unforgettable, this is a must read for any fan of bad girls and good writing." --"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) ""Gone Girl" is one of the best -and most frightening -portraits of psychopathy I've ever read. Nick and Amy manipulate each other -with savage, merciless and often darkly witty dexterity. This is a wonderful and terrifying book about how the happy surface nor

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Marriage can be a real killer. 
   One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn. 
   On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? 
   As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
   With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.


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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best suspense books I've ever read June 11 2012
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
We've all read the stories in newspapers - a woman goes missing and the husband is the prime suspect. And he loudly proclaims his innocence....even as the evidence mounts....

Gillian Flynn put her own spin on this idea in her latest book - Gone Girl.

It is the day of Nick and Amy's fifth anniversary. It is also the day Amy disappears. Left behind - the first cryptic clue in a treasure hunt Amy always sets up for Nick.

The first part of Gone Girl is told in alternating chapters from Nick's present time viewpoint, with flashbacks to memories. Amy's voice is heard from the pages of a diary, starting from seven years ago and building up to the day she disappears. The narratives each tell a completely different story. Who is telling the truth? The second part - well, I'm not going to spoil the plot for you, so I'll stop there.

I am a huge fan of psychological thrillers and with Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn has crafted one of the best I've ever read. Really. The plot line is completely unpredictable. It's rare for me to be completely surprised at the direction a book takes, but I was this time. Flynn toys with us in a completely delicious and devious manner. You'll want to read carefully - there are lies, secrets and omissions scattered throughout the book and each revelation ratchets up the stakes just a little higher.

While Gone Girl is a razor edged thriller, Flynn also explores marriage, attraction, family relationships and the media with that same sharp edged eye. Flynn's prose are are arresting, painting vivid images that crackle with intensity.

"....the girl a man like Nick wants: the Cool Girl. Men always say that as the defining compliment, don't they? She's a cool girl.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A marriage made in hell June 23 2012
By Len TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Hate and revenge can be powerful motivators and rarely can hate be greater than with husband and wife. They're breaking up and infidelity is a factor. Mind games are played to the extreme and like all break-ups, there is no clear protagonist which can make reading difficult. The story is told in the first person by each wronged party and each, gets a chance to wear the white hat. Like all broken relationships, there is no clear villain. However, in the case of Amy and Nick, their flaws are more extreme. On one side, we have the perfectionist, the beautiful woman, born an only child who expects too much of everyone. On the other, is the handsome man, easy-going, the life of the party, who expected little more out of life than to not turn out like his abusive father. It's a terrific story with two extreme characters that are so carefully developed, that their extreme behaviours become totally believable. An interesting, fun and at times, difficult read about a marriage made in hell.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment Sept. 29 2013
By GLP
Format:Hardcover
This book started out with promise, then it dragged on for quite sometime, before reader discovers the twisted plot. There were times when I was quite excited about staying up late to finish a "journal entry" but as it nears the end, I became very disappointed.
To be quite frank, towards the end, it was not believable and became almost like a silly joke.

Writing was fair - wish the ending was not so dramatically fake. It could've been better, given the length of the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant thriller! July 9 2012
Format:Hardcover
This is the book that I'll be recommending to all of my friends looking for a great summer read. The plot is fascinating, the writing is tight, and the observations that characters make about gender roles, media, attachment and love are quote-worthy. This is the first of Ms. Flynn's books that I've read, and I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of Sharp Objects.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Engrossing 'Whydoit' June 14 2012
By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This book has so much buzz that I had to give it a try. The story covers one of those "ripped from the headlines" dramas that NBC's Today show loves to cover. A wife disappears and suspicion soon falls on the husband. But do not be misled, this outing is far more layered than its packaging. It is constructed from two different views reminiscent of David Mamet's Oleanna with the plot's twists and turns causing us to pick sides while repeatedly fooling us.

These alternating viewpoints made me quicken my reading pace, I did not want either main character to have the final word so it was a challenge to put it down. Author Flynn's descriptive prose is another reason for speedy consumption. In this era of soundbites and 140-character Tweets, her book is replete with taut, entertaining quips and observations, such as her description of a character with a "rocket-science brain and the rodeo spirit" or that one enjoyed "taking thick afternoon naps", or the husband's lament that "My wife was no longer my wife but a razor-wire knot daring me to unloop her". Each page was an archaeological dig into the psychology of this couple which is appropriate because this is much more than a whodunit...it is a far more engrossing whydoit.

Embedded throughout is an indictment of the media in sensationalizing human drama and misfortune. When a few layers of the onion has been peeled back it is noted that "The bigger the lie, the more they believe it." The real criticism is directed at the blurring of news and entertainment and the manipulation and misdirection that results. George Orwell said, "Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is pubic relations." Arguably, everything is public relations and always has been.

Gillian Flynn does not waste a page in this dark and suspenseful read ... if this is one of your book club's selections then look forward to lively discussion and dissection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, Great Price
I had been looking to read this book for a very long time however did not do so because the book stores had it priced very expensive. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Anita arfiero
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read...
From the opening page this book kept me interested - it had been recommended by a friend. Such a unique story and a brilliant way of portraying it.
Published 4 days ago by Betty Lovejoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but expensive Kindle edition plus no loan capability?
It took me a few chapters (i.e. maybe the first 20 pages) to get used to her writing style, but once I was, I was hooked. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Dana Keller
2.0 out of 5 stars One of the few
I really disliked this book. While Flynn is obviously a talented author, this story is absolutely ridiculous. It started with such promise and I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 14 days ago by cajo27
4.0 out of 5 stars Gone girl
Definitely a different type of story. Enjoyed the way the writer told the story. Hated the ending when I first read it but can't think of a better ending so I am OK with it now. Read more
Published 18 days ago by carol anne woods
4.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as everyone says
There's little more I can say about Gone Girl that hasn't already been said. I was engaged from the first page, and as the story unfolded, I was more and more awestruck with the... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars excellant !
Loved the book but was somewhat disappointed in the ending.I would like to have seen Nick freed from his psychopathic wife and justice served.
Published 26 days ago by Sandra Ash
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and well written!
If I were to convey something in one sentence, it is:
Read this book- no sugar coating, just the other, not so pretty, side of marriage. Exhilarating roller coaster ride!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I enjoyed this book, but not what I expected, it is written by two character's prospectives, so you go back and forth, which I didn't really like. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Annie
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense and Momentous Novel with an Odd Ending!
I just had Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn delivered two days or so and finished reading it last night. It is an excellent mystery novel with a lot of twists and turns that keep the... Read more
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