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Gone Girl: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Gillian Flynn
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

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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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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. 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? 


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1810 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307588378
  • Publisher: Crown (June 5 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006LSZECO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 29 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 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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10 of 11 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't warrant all the hype July 16 2014
By The Baking Bookworm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
*** This book review, as well as many more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm (www.thebakingbookworm.blogspot.ca).

My Review: I admit to being a little slow on the uptake when it came to picking up this book. It's been out for two years and has been highly recommended to me by quite a few people. With the upcoming movie featuring Ben Affleck in the works I thought I'd finally pick it up to see what all the fuss was about.

This was a good read but I wouldn't call it a great read. It was a hard to put down book for the first part and sure, there were twists but not nearly as many as I was expecting for such a popular suspenseful read. I guess I thought that for the amount of hype surrounding this book that the twists would be more shocking and out of left field.

Gone Girl started out strong for me but as I kept reading the rating I had in my head for it began to decrease from a 4.5 to a 3.5 or even a 3. The pace and suspense starts our really strong but somewhere around half way the suspense just wasn't there for me and when the book ended suddenly (I'm talking literary skid marks!) my rating plummeted more. There was no finality to the ending. It just ended and that was very unsatisfying.

The characters were interesting in their own creepy ways and I did find myself rooting for Nick and Amy at different times in the book. But I never felt like I liked them. Maybe it's because they are utterly miserable throughout the entire book. Honesty, it's hard to believe that a couple could be THAT dark and twisted which (here's hoping!!) is totally non-relatable for the average marriage.
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Narrators did a fine job and the story was great.
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Book held my interest all the way through until I read the ending. Big disappointment- what happened?Won't recommend this one
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Published 22 days ago by Taste tester
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't love it. The ending was disappointing
The book was ok. Didn't love it. The ending was disappointing. Also, I'm very glad that I live in an environment where the "F"word and "C" word are not an every day... Read more
Published 27 days ago by lastwordlinda
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
A good psychological thriller that keeps you on the edge. I couldn't stop reading, and was sad when it was over.
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