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Gone Girl: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Gillian Flynn
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (312 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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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: 1960 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 030758836X
  • Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (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 (312 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 39 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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9 of 9 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps I missed something April 25 2013
By Arya81
Format:Hardcover
I read all the reviews on this book and was really looking forward to reading it, but I was sorely disappointed.

It starts out slow, and doesn't really pick up until the halfway mark. By that point though, I disliked both of the main characters so much that I had no real interest in what happened to them. I merely finished the book because I can't put down a book unfinished (OCD much).

For me it was a miss, but most people seem to have really enjoyed it.
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8 of 9 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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Engrossing 'Whydoit' June 14 2012
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 The movie obviously doesnt do the book justice.
The movie obviously doesnt do the book justice. Just a heads up the woman characters readings are a bit dry
Published 7 days ago by Nadine Galambosy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars gone girl
Really enjoyed. Takes awhile to get into it but once you do it is very hard to put down. Not sure if I liked the ending.
Published 15 days ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful read
After watching the movie, I couldn't wait to read the book. Once I read the book, I couldn't wait to watch the movie again. I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Chilliwack
I need to go somewhere with incense or whatever because "Gone Girl" may be the most toxic book I've ever read. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 21 days ago by steph franceschini
4.0 out of 5 stars definitely kept me reading...
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the suspense and the unpredictability of the story. Didn't like the end, but I guess it wasn't terrible. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Megan
1.0 out of 5 stars Now I don't Have to see the Movie
Unsatisfying at the beginning; somewhat captivating in the middle; poor and unsatisfying ending, which was no doubt the point. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst ending ever
Worst. Ending. Ever. The book is so slow and then picks up, it builds to an expected climax and then nothing. Read more
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