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|Format:||Hardback, 416 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 24 May 2012|
'What are you thinking, Amy? The question I've asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions stormcloud over every marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?' Just how well can you ever know the person you love? This is the question that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what did really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife? And what was left in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war...
About the Author
Gillian Flynn's first novel SHARP OBJECTS was the winner of two CWA DAGGERS, and was shortlisted for the GOLD DAGGER, and also for an EDGAR. She lives in Chicago with her husband.
How well do you know your lover? The art of marriage truly is the art of war in the new novel from the CWA AWARD-winning author of SHARP OBJECTS and DARK PLACES.
With her third novel (after the acclaimed Sharp Objects and Dark Places), Flynn cements her place among that elite group of mystery/thriller writers who unfailingly deliver the goods. On the day of her fifth wedding anniversary, Amy Dunne vanishes from her home under suspicious circumstances. Through a narrative that alternates between Amy's diary entries and her husband Nick's real-time experiences in the aftermath of her disappearance, the complicated relationship that was their marriage unfolds, leaving the reader with a growing list of scenarios, suspects, and motives to consider. Meanwhile, the police, the press, and the public focus intently on Nick, the journalist-turned-bar owner who uprooted Amy from her comfortable New York life to return to his Missouri hometown. VERDICT Once again Flynn has written an intelligent, gripping tour de force, mixing a riveting plot and psychological intrigue with a compelling prose style that unobtrusively yet forcefully carries the reader from page to page. [See Prepub Alert, 12/19/11.]-Nancy McNicol, Hamden P.L., CT (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Flynn's bestselling novel is a dark and cynical treatise on how malignant a marriage can become when the wrong people say "I do." The book begins with Nick Dunne's first-person account of wife Amy's disappearance on their fifth wedding anniversary and his subsequent encounters with the local North Carthage, Miss., homicide detectives who suspect him of murder. Interspersed throughout the book are Amy's diary entries, which chart her possibly unreliable version of her and Nick's meeting, marriage, and eventual growing apart. This literary setup is perfect for the dueling narration provided by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne. The latter has a soft, youthful delivery that registers a vague sincerity that could also be interpreted as sarcasm-just the sort of voice one might expect from an intelligent, oddly disaffected, potential wife killer. Whelan's version of Amy is filled with entitlement, egotism, and the edgy anger of a genuine or imagined victim. The combined narration of Whelan and Heyborne infuse Flynn's bestseller with an energy that audio fans will find even more satisfying. A Crown hardcover. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Flynn, an extraordinarily good writer, plays her readers with the finesse and delicacy of an expert angler. She wields her unreliable narrators to stunning effect, baffling, disturbing and delighting in turn, practically guaranteeing an immediate reread once her terrifying, wonderful conclusion is reached... an early contender for thriller of the year, and an absolute must-read. -- Alison Flood THE OBSERVER 20120520 These voices are wonderfully authentic, to the point where the reader becomes a gawker at the full-spectrum of marital dysfunction. Excellent. -- John O'Connor THE GUARDIAN 20120512 Gone Girl is superbly constructed, ingeniously paced and absolutely terrifying... a Five-star suspense mystery. -- An Wilson READERS' DIGEST 20120501 in this riveting noirish thriller and intense dissection of a marriage, nothing is as it seems. WOMAN AND HOME 20120503 Flynn keeps the accelerator firmly to the floor, ratcheting up the tension with wildly unexpected plot twists, contradictory stories and the tantalising feeling that nothing is as it seems. Deviously good. MARIE CLAIRE 20120503 Read it and stay single. FINANCIAL TIMES 20120505 funny, cunning thriller... the tale takes some stomach-churning turns, right to its chilling conclusion PSYCHOLOGIES 20120501 A chilling, stylish read about another unknowable woman ELLE 20120502 Flynn has created a gripping tale and a page-turner. LITERARY REVIEW 20120501 Immensely dark and deeply intelligent, Gone Girl is a book about how well one person can truly know another METRO 20120523 Flynn is a brilliantly accomplished psychological crime writer and this latest book is so dark, so twisted and so utterly compelling that it actually messes with your mind -- Carla McKay DAILY MAIL 20120525 You think you're reading a good, conventional thriller and then it grows into a fascinating portrait of one averagely mismatched relationship...Nothing's as it seems - Flynn is a fabulous plotter, and a very sharp observer of modern life in the aftermath of the credit crunch -- Kate Saunders THE TIMES 20120526 Flynn's portrait of a woman trying to please an impossible husband is subtly drawn, but there are hints that all is not as it seems. One version of events hides another in a novel that cleverly manipulates the reader -- Joan Smith SUNDAY TIMES 20120527 definitely a contender for thriller of the year... Flynn is, without a doubt, at the front of the pack of American thriller writers. -- Doug Johnstone THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 20120603 In what is so much more than a straightforward crime novel (with a mid-story twist so shocking you'll drop the book), Flynn unpicks the minutiae of the couple's personalities and relationship EASY LIVING 20120601 A chilling tale of a hip, New York couple's failing marriage: smart, suspenseful and brilliantly written, Gone Girl is a class act THE INDEPENDENT 20120609 a terrifically intelligent thriller with a gasp-inducing twist GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 20120601 she skillfully manages to sustain tension and uncertainty to the end, as well as presenting a beautiful portrait of marriage disintegration -- Marcel Berlins THE TIMES 20120609 This is Flynn's third novel and she's more than found her voice, creating taut, thrilling, deeply intense narratives about characters very much on the edge -- Henry Sutton DAILY MIRROR 20120608 a near-masterpiece. Flynn is an extraordinary writer who, with every sentence, makes words do things that other writers merely dream of" -- Sophie Hannah SUNDAY EXPRESS 20120617 Ms Flynn's latest novel of psychological suspense will confound anyone trying to keep up with her quicksilver mind and diabolical rules of play INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE 20120616 Just about everyone I meet, and everyone on Twitter, is telling me it's brilliant, so I can't wait to see what the fuss is all about. -- S.J. Watson SUNDAY EXPRESS 20120708 Gripping thriller: Nick's wife, Amy, is missing and he's a suspect. The story is told by Nick, then Amy, but who's telling the truth? ESSENTIALS 20120801 A brilliant switchback ride, you'll beg others to read it so you can discuss it with them -- John Williams IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY 20120715 Gone Girl confirms that Gillian Flynn is the smartest new crime writer for years. -- John Williams MAIL ON SUNDAY 20120729 Toxic marriage simmers in this thriller with a gasp-inducing twist. GRAZIA 20120813 The set-up is simple: girl goes missing, husband looks increasingly suspect. But there's much more going on beneath the surface of this fiendishly clever thriller" VOGUE 20121101 Single-handedly defines a genre of Media Gothic -- Brooke Magnanti TATLER 20121101 Exhilarating and creepy, it has sent me rushing off to her other novels. -- Tracey Thorn NEW STATESMAN 20121123 a brilliant, darkly comic tale -- Laura Wilson THE GUARDIAN 20121201 One of the most popular thrillers of the year is also one of the smartest... Flynn's book cleverly outpaces its neo-noir trappings and consistently surprises the reader. FINANCIAL TIMES 20121201 A completely gripping account of a dysfunctional (is there any other sort?) marriage. -- Rachel Johnson METRO 20121108 Read Gone Girl: The Thriller of 2012... Flynn relentlessly plays with her reader, dangling hints and hushing up truths through two narrators who become more and more unreliable as the plot unravels. -- Jessica Whiteley STYLIST 20121204 A stunning psychological thriller to send a chill through the heart of every married couple... Read it now, it is that good. -- Geoffrey Wansell DAILY MAIL 20121207
|Publisher: ||Weidenfeld & Nicolson|
|Dimensions: ||24.0 x 16.0 x 3.0 centimeters (0.66 kg)|