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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Gone Girl follows the mysterious disappearance of Amy Dunne on the morning of her fifth wedding anniversary. Her husband Nick is an immediate suspect, but through alternating chapters told from each character's perspective, this slow burn of a thriller gradually reveals the truth underlying their... Read More »

Melanie L.


Mystery & Thriller winner.

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Mar 25, 2015
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Taut, suspenseful, and compacted into a tight time frame, Flynn's big bestseller navigates the twists and turns of an unreliable narrator spinning a plausible story that turns on itself halfway through the book.

Mar 18, 2015

I see I'm not alone is finding the ending very disappointing -- simply not believable.

Mar 17, 2015
  • Darth777Vader rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a very suspensful and chilling book, it will make you think. The ending, though, was very frustrating and a huge let down for me.

Mar 16, 2015
  • StarGladiator rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

About the very first time I saw a movie, then just had to read the book. Great and chilling movie, likewise the book. While I did not care for the ending, I DID think it realistic. Guess working at Entertainment Weekly really provides a writer with a macabre background?

Mar 15, 2015
  • smichal rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It was very suspenseful for 75% of the book but I was very disappointed with the ending.

Mar 14, 2015
  • SoftFire rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Proof that you don't need a high body count to write an exciting thriller. This is a story you read for the plot and the style, not for the characters. The ending was a little bit of a let down.

Mar 05, 2015
  • tocch101 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

While the writing and the story were gripping, the ending was disappointing and frustrating.

Mar 02, 2015
  • brangwinn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow….what an unexpected story, with the perfect ending. Haven’t seen the movie, not sure I want to, I’m afraid it will be a case of “The book was better.”

Feb 26, 2015
  • dlbae379 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Couldn't put the book down, great read and now I can watch the movie.

Feb 24, 2015
  • Slawson88 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book. The plot twist and ending were refreshing, compared to others I've read. This one made my Top 10 Reads for sure.

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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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Feb 13, 2015

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Oct 21, 2014
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Feb 03, 2015

"When I think of my wife, I always think of her head."

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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