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Gone Girl: A Novel
by Gillian Flynn
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PublisherCrown
Release Date2012-06-05 (added to CC 31 Jul 2012)
Amazon Sales Rank5

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.


Member Reviews
(12 Aug 2015)
(20 Apr 2015)
Really well written.
(3 Aug 2013)
Probably my favourite book. There was constant suspense, always something happening. I couldn't put it down.
I liked how the point-of-view was changed around. It was really effective in showing the different way each character looks at and feels about a situation.
The only thing is that I wasn't too satisfied with the end. I felt like something else should have happened. It didn't seem right. Either way I give it 5 stars because I loved it.
(22 Jan 2013)
I debated giving Gone Girl four or five stars because I'm reluctant to give any book five stars unless it is truly outstanding. My reservation with this book is that I didn't like both Nick and Amy as characters and the overall story was dark and mildly depressing.

That said, this is a masterpiece of construction, insight, storytelling, and plot twist. The he said/she said alternating POV was effective in getting into the minds of the two antagonists (can't call either one a protagonist because they were both "bad guys" in my opinion) and reinforcing the truth that individuals see themselves often completely differently than the rest of the world sees them, and even the people closest to them.

Dialogue was crisp and believable. Though not a suspense/thriller in the classic sense, it was a page turner, especially the last half of the book when all the readers' preconceived notions of who was "guilty" were thrown for a loop. Highly recommended, especially for authors who want a great lesson in writing craft.
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