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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1st Edition edition (June 5 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030758836x
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297859383
  • ASIN: 030758836X
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 24 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on June 11 2012
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 By Courteous on 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 By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER on 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Len TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 23 2012
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By GLP on Sept. 29 2013
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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