Gone Girl

A Novel

Flynn, Gillian, 1971-

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Gone Girl
Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
When a beautiful woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage and a mysterious illness; while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred. By the best-selling author of Dark Places. 70,000 first printing.

& Taylor

When a woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage, while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred.

Publisher: New York : Crown, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307588364
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY F
Characteristics: 419 p. ; 24 cm.


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Its an intense book. A must read. If you have a chance, read the book before you see the movie.

Jan 20, 2015
  • mvkramer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a book! I think I finished it in about two days - staying up late to finish, which I haven't done in a while! This is a real edge-of-your-seat book, with a lot of twists and unexpected turns. It reminded me of old noir films - everyone has a secret agenda, nothing is as it seems, and the darker side of humanity is on display.

Jan 14, 2015
  • gymgurl rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Such a good book. Such a crappy ending. Still worth reading though.

Jan 13, 2015
  • Vincent T Lombardo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is as much the story of a deteriorating, dysfunctional relationship as it is a mystery about the wife's disappearance. Sometimes I did not like the writing, and I think that the book is a little too long, but I found it riveting, and I plan to read Flynn's other books.

Cannot wait to get my hands on this one! Heard great things.

I cannot put this book down...curious to see the screenplay and how the actor will play Amazing Amy.

Jan 10, 2015
  • Charmaine_13 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The book had a slow beginning but half way through it became a page turner. It was harder and harder to put down as I came closer and closer to the end. Unfortunately the end was a big let down. A very big let down.

Dec 29, 2014
  • blolo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed the first 1/3 of the book (couldn’t put it down), and then enjoyed the 2nd third a bit less, and didn’t really care for the last third. I know it is hard to end a thriller in a satisfying way though.

Dec 22, 2014
  • karen9 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow! This story is amazing, although the ending is a bit odd in comparison to typical fiction stories I enjoyed it. I can understand why some would not, however, it is an adventurous book and explores the dark life behind marriage. It's a book that will cause you to hate and love it at the same time. Things you don't anticipate will occur, and you'll see things you don't expect to happen throughout and secrets revealed. Very intriguing story, and keeps you thirsty for more.

Dec 17, 2014
  • gloryb rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The author includes several climaxes (no pun intended), a turning point in the middle of the book, no heroes, ideas for several perfect murders, and ends without goodness prevailing. She also knows how to build her characters using every day details and events and uses those descriptions to sway the readers' emotions and sympathies first for the female character, then for the male character. I could see how the author has also included the reaction from the media when a horrific murder has allegedly taken place by judging the suspicious person as "guilty". As I was reading and seeing the author's manipulation of the plotline, I figured I knew how she would end the story. Wrong! She came up with a really unexpected ending. An entertaining read, despite the offending (to me) sexual language so unexpected from a female crime writer.

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Dec 15, 2014
  • mary498 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

In depth love story about two people, one who is psycho and one who is afraid of who he may become. Terrible tangle of lies, deceit, mental abuse and finally, the breaking point.

Nov 06, 2014
  • huy1993 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

After leaving New York, Amy moves in and lives with Nick in his house. Everything is going fine until the day of their fifth anniversary, Nick goes home and finds out that his wife has gone missing. As the police opens an investigation, they discovers dark secrets inside the marriage of the couple.

Oct 21, 2014
  • cathymount rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A great summer / vacation read! Fast moving plot with surprising turns and relationship drama. Definitely written with a screen plan in mind, a la Dan Brown. Enjoyed it enough to see the movie, too -- I just hope they don't change the ending...

Sep 24, 2012
  • AnneDromeda rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Let me preface this review by stating that I know I’m late to this party. I do. But now that I’m here, I really do not want you to miss it. Have you read *Gone Girl* yet? No? Holy cats, people, you must get on it, and here’s why:<br />

Nick and Amy Dunne have it all - living in a Manhattan brownstone, handsome Nick works as a writer for a highbrow magazine, and beautiful Amy is the benefactor of an empire of children’s books created by her parents in her image. The Dunnes met in the cutest of cute meets, their dialogue is witty, their sex life is charged and adventurous. Having become accustomed to living in the charmed lap of luxury, they are doubly surprised when the financial meltdown claims Nick’s job and Amy’s trust fund. Listless, with no work to tie them to Manhattan, Nick proposes they move back to his native Missouri to look after his ailing parents.<br />

Things take a very dark turn in Missouri; the marriage flounders, and Amy goes missing the morning of their fifth anniversary. The scene initially suggests a struggle with an intruder, but police soon determine the struggle scene is staged. Traces of blood – a lot of blood – are found in another location. Very soon, it is assumed that Amy is dead, and Nick is the prime suspect.<br />

Flynn weaves a dark, deft tale of psychological terror, juxtaposing Amy’s diary entries leading to her disappearance with chapters detailing the minutiae of Nick’s life and mind under the microscope of police and media. Flynn has a gift for building characters’ psychological profiles so completely that readers feel they know exactly what comes next because they really know the people in the story. But you don’t know the people in the story, not like you think you do; and when the whole novel turns a dime-tight twist halfway through, your sense of sick dread is amplified knowing things are much darker, weirder and more complex than you ever thought. <br />

*Gone Girl* is a masterpiece among psychological thrillers that will keep you awake all night. Bring snacks. You aren’t going to want to get up for anything once you get reading.<br />


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Oct 21, 2014
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Nov 12, 2014
  • I_sing_the_Body_Electric rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"I catch him looking at me with those watchful eyes, the eyes of an insect, pure calculation, and I think: This man might kill me. So if you find this and I'm dead, well...Sorry, that's not funny."-Amy Elliot Dunne


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