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Gone Girl

A Novel

Flynn, Gillian, 1971-

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Gone Girl
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.
Publisher: New York : Crown, ©2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307588364
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY F
Characteristics: 419 pages ; 24 cm


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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.

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

How can one both hate a book and love it !!! This title does both for me.

Loved the whole book until the end. Thought after all the suspense it just petered out. I had read Dark Places, which is fantastic all the way thru, and thought I'd like this to. Now, I don't even want to see the movie. Sharp Objects is next on my list of reads of hers.

Dec 02, 2014
  • 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. If a reader doesn't, suggest you read the article on the gang rapes at the University of Virginia [UVA] in The Rolling Stone [Dec. 14, 2014 issue]. Guess working at Entertainment Weekly really provides a writer with a macabre background?

Nov 25, 2014
  • JCLKatieS rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I read about 50 pages and put this one down. Then I decided to try it again and accidently opened the book half way through and read something that pushed me to finish it as fast as possible. By the end, I was completely infuriated and wanted to throw the book up against the wall. If all of Flynn's books are similar to this, I don't know that I will read another. But it is a quick and disturbing read.

Nov 17, 2014
  • Persnickety77 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Fun! i mean, as much as a book about terrible, turrrrible, narcissistic, psychopathic people can be fun. some couples really do bring out the worst in each other! it's hard to put this book down. fun, quick read, if you can stomach dark characters

Nov 12, 2014
  • lardergirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Really enjoyed the fast pace of this book and the twists and turns. Quite a page turner!

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

I think this book shows the truth about manipulation and deceit between the characters but it was a disappointing ending.

I read this book when it first came out.. And I did NOT enjoy it.. And was surprised that a movie of same came out..
I Felt the story sloppy and felt complete detachment to the characters... I struggled to finish it
Friends have seen the movie.. Gave rave reviews

As mysteries go this one had me going -full of surprises,twists and turns. Entertaining,well written and I got it read in less than the three weeks the library allows. Now to see how they portray Amy and Nick on the screen.

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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
  • cathymount rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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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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