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Gone Girl

By Gillian Flynn

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Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 January 2013
THE ADDICTIVE No.1 BESTSELLER AND INTERNATIONAL PHENOMENONOVER 20 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDEWho are you?What have we done to each other?These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police 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 weren't made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?

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Gillian Flynn was the chief TV critic for ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY and now writes full-time. Her first novel SHARP OBJECTS was the winner of two CWA DAGGERS and was shortlisted for the GOLD DAGGER. Her latest novel, GONE GIRL, is a massive No.1 bestseller. The film adaptation of GONE GIRL, directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, won the Hollywood Film Award 2014.

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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.

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.

(GONE GIRL) turned the rules of your average psychological thriller inside-out...it's breathtaking * THE TIMES * This thriller is the must-read of the year. * THE SUN * I'm currently reading Gone Girl, a brilliant novel about how we never quite know the people we fall in love with. It's one of those novels that you discuss endlessly with your closest friends. * Sharleen Spiteri, lead singer in Texas * If you haven't yet caught up with this word-of-mouth bestseller - about a woman's mysterious disappearance and the secrets she and her husband are keeping - get hold of it soon. It really does live up to the hype. * WOMAN MAGAZINE * The story-telling is incredibly compelling, with the cunning opening mystery soon turning down unpredictable routes, while the characters are superbly believable. No wonder it's the book that everyone seems to be reading. -- Boyd Hilton * HEAT MAGAZINE * The story of a husband searching for his vanished wife has everything - psychological acuity, humour, an unflagging pace and more twists than you could hope for in your most serpentine dreams...a sumptuous, satisfying read. * STYLIST * A tautly written thriller about the unravelling of a marriage that is deservedly topping the bestseller charts. * THE OBSERVER * Gone Girl should be the big poolside read this year. Fresh out om paperback, it's a page-turning abduction mystery with an awful lot of twists. * MAIL ON SUNDAY * An utterly gripping thriller * EMERALD STREET * 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 * 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 * A completely gripping account of a dysfunctional (is there any other sort?) marriage. -- Rachel Johnson * METRO * 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 * a brilliant, darkly comic tale -- Laura Wilson * THE GUARDIAN * Exhilarating and creepy, it has sent me rushing off to her other novels. -- Tracey Thorn * NEW STATESMAN * Single-handedly defines a genre of Media Gothic -- Brooke Magnanti * TATLER * 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 * Toxic marriage simmers in this thriller with a gasp-inducing twist. * GRAZIA * Gone Girl confirms that Gillian Flynn is the smartest new crime writer for years. -- John Williams * MAIL ON SUNDAY * A brilliant switchback ride, you'll beg others to read it so you can discuss it with them -- John Williams * IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY * 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 * 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 * 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 * 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 * 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 * 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 * a terrifically intelligent thriller with a gasp-inducing twist * GOOD HOUSEKEEPING * 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 * 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 * 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 * 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 * 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 * 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 * Immensely dark and deeply intelligent, Gone Girl is a book about how well one person can truly know another * METRO * Flynn has created a gripping tale and a page-turner. * LITERARY REVIEW * A chilling, stylish read about another unknowable woman * ELLE * funny, cunning thriller... the tale takes some stomach-churning turns, right to its chilling conclusion * PSYCHOLOGIES * Read it and stay single. * FINANCIAL TIMES * 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 * in this riveting noirish thriller and intense dissection of a marriage, nothing is as it seems. * WOMAN AND HOME * Gone Girl is superbly constructed, ingeniously paced and absolutely terrifying... a Five-star suspense mystery. -- AN Wilson * READERS' DIGEST * 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 * 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 *

EAN: 9780753827666
ISBN: 0753827662
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Dimensions: 19.5 x 13.1 x 3.3 centimetres (0.31 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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katie nadebaum on
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Gripping book, couldn't put it down. Recommended to anyone, I plan to read the other Gillian Flynn books now as well.
EMMA PARNELL on
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This is a great read! Suspense filled thriller. Very hard to put down. Highly recommend if you enjoy psychological thriller books.
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I finished GONE GIRL five days ago and your reivew explains why I haven't been able to write anything coherent yet. Every time you think you know where the story is going, it isn't. I have added both Gillian Flynn's earlier books to my to read' list: DARK PLACES, SHARP OBJECTS (two more disturbing titles!Ann Holtb4s last post ..
Penny Stone on
 
Excellent book! Couldn't put it down - twists and turns all the way and completed unexpected ending. Definitely recommend!
sharon warner on
 
Great read! Absolutely recommend this book. I have since read Dark Places & Sharp Objects, both also by Gillian Flynn, and would recommend these titles as well.
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