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Gone Girl

A Novel
Flynn, Gillian, 1971- (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations 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 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 really know the one they love.
Authors: Flynn, Gillian, 1971-
Statement of Responsibility: Gillian Flynn
Title: Gone girl
a novel
Publisher: New York : Crown, ©2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 419 pages ; 24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations 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 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 really know the one they love.
Subject Headings: Husbands Fiction Married people Fiction Wives Crimes against Fiction Missing persons Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Husbands
Married people
Wives
Missing persons
LCCN: 2011041525
ISBN: 9780307588364
030758836X
9780297859383
0297859382
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY F
Research Call Number: JFE 14-1863
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Sep 21, 2014
  • RCookie28 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed reading this. One of the few books that actually surprised me. I knew what the plot twist was but everything after that threw me off. I liked how terrible the characters were and how flawed they are. You really didn't know who's side you were on. The ending didn't bother me as much as I thought it would. Yeah I wanted it to end differently but the way it ended was what the story was leading too i think. Great read overall. Highly recommended.

Thank you, Skeksie, thought it was just me that thought this way about this book so yes, I agree with your comment.

Didn't bother finishing it as the characters were low-class and the language facile. There are just too many good books out there to waste time on rubbish.

Sep 13, 2014
  • Michael Colford rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Not terribly impressed with this major best-seller from last year. Gillian Flynn creates a suspenseful domestic drama about a woman who goes missing, and suspicion falls upon her husband. Chapters alternate between the two, and twists abound.

At first I was pretty uncomfortable about the intense stereotyping of both the male and female characters. The twist is supposed to make us feel better about that stereotyping, but in the end, it still felt pretty cheap. I will say the pacing is strong and it was hard for me to put down -- but that's not my barometer for a good read.

Soon to be a major film starring Ben Affleck. Yawn.

Sep 11, 2014
  • MaryMaryJ rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A book full of surprises! The characters were not likeable yet I kept reading as the story gathered momentum - was shocked as the supremely dark nature of an "ordinary" couple was revealed. Disappointing end.

Trashy...it is suspenseful but that is about all it has going. The dysfunctional characters leave much to be desired. Lots of foul language. A plot twist kept me reading halfway through when I had just decided I'd wasted enough time. The ending was not worth it! I wish that I could have my time wasted reading it back!

Sep 03, 2014
  • luxton420 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Best book ~ became addicted to it. Chacters are loveable to begin with and then I was disturbed, and appalled, and it goes on with intrigue. Like watching a movie, glued to it and needing to know the ending.

Aug 31, 2014
  • JaclynA rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I liked this book, because I hated everyone in it. No one was likeable, and the surprises just kept on coming. Reading this was the perfect way to spend my day. If you like mysteries that are'nt predictable, this book is for you.

Aug 26, 2014
  • Sanrin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the few books that actually surprised me. Well written, nuanced, with complex emotions. Glad the movie trailers have had no spoilers, and looking forward to seeing it!

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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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