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Gone Girl : There are two sides to every story... - Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

There are two sides to every story...

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There are two sides to every story. This is THE US No. 1 bestselling novel that everyone is talking about. . .

'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 really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife? And what was in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war. . .

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Gone Girl
 
3.7

(based on 25 reviews)

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79%

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  • Easy to read (16)
  • Engaging characters (13)
  • Page-turner (13)
  • Well written (12)
  • Deserves multiple readings (4)

Cons

  • Not what I expected (7)
  • Disappointing (6)
  • A bit slow (3)

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  • Travel reading (14)
  • Gift (11)
  • Older readers (5)
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Housework delayer!

This was a difficult to put down book - a gripping read. I didn't particularly like either of the main characters but imagine that non communication can make a marriage go sour and set...Read complete review

This was a difficult to put down book - a gripping read. I didn't particularly like either of the main characters but imagine that non communication can make a marriage go sour and set the stage for malicious and retributive actions. In the end both characters did come to realise that they were each the cause of the malice. I did like the way each chapter told the tale from the writer's point of view. I found the style was innovative and kept the reader's interest, but for those easily offended by sexual references and language there may be a problem

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Horror

I read this book fairly quickly but was continually astonished by the nasty manipulation by the 'gone girl' Her husband should have run as fast as he could to get away from her after...Read complete review

I read this book fairly quickly but was continually astonished by the nasty manipulation by the 'gone girl' Her husband should have run as fast as he could to get away from her after she came back and the extent of her manipulation of people [including her murder of the so called culprit] became very apparent to him. Nasty story.

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5.0

Awesome Read...

By Joffa

from Newborough

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift

    Comments about Gone Girl:

    Could not put this book down.
    Great Read!!

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    5.0

    A real page turner.

    By Alex G

    from Melbourne,AU

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    Pros

    • Page-Turner
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel Reading

      Comments about Gone Girl:

      Saw the film & wanted to read the book.
      Knowing the twist only spoils it slightly as this is revealed about halfway through the book
      Must read some more of Gillian Flynn's work.

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      3.0

      Horror

      By just judy

      from Melbourne

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      Pros

      • Menacing Female
      • Most Obnoxious Characters
      • Self Serving Frightning

      Cons

      • Not What I Expected
      • Really A Horror Story

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        Comments about Gone Girl:

        I read this book fairly quickly but was continually astonished by the nasty manipulation by the 'gone girl' Her husband should have run as fast as he could to get away from her after she came back and the extent of her manipulation of people [including her murder of the so called culprit] became very apparent to him. Nasty story.

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        5.0

        Gone Girl.

        By The Book Collector

        from Adelaide

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        • Easy To Read
        • Page-Turner
        • Well Written

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            Comments about Gone Girl:

            This was one of the best books I have read in a while. For me it was a real page turner. I couldn't put it down. The characters were really vivid and the way it was written made you really dislike one of the characters. It was a really great book.

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            3.0

            Are you SERIOUS?

            By Tiffins

            from Melbourne, AU

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            Pros

            • Easy To Read
            • Engaging characters

            Cons

            • A Bit Slow
            • Disappointing

            Best Uses

            • Gift
            • Travel Reading
            • Younger Readers

            Comments about Gone Girl:

            First half is a slow slog, then picks up in the second half, unfortunate ending

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            5.0

            This is most def a cant put It down book

            By fit mum!

            from Ross creek vic 3351

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            Pros

            • Deserves Multiple Readings

            Cons

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              • Gift

              Comments about Gone Girl:

              I love this Aussie book site & these types of books I'm so addicted need to order more now!

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              4.0

              Great Read - Highly Recommend

              By Edie the cat

              from Sydney, AU

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              Pros

              • Easy To Read
              • Engaging characters
              • Page-Turner

              Cons

              • Not What I Expected

              Best Uses

              • Gift
              • Travel Reading

              Comments about Gone Girl:

              Great read, kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time & perfect train ride book or lazy arvo book.

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              5.0

              A Fantastic Read.

              By Tassy Two

              from Tasmania.

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              Pros

              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Easy To Read
              • Engaging characters
              • Page-Turner
              • Well Written

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gift
                • Older Readers
                • Travel Reading

                Comments about Gone Girl:

                I didn't want to put this book down.

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                4.0

                Not a bad read

                By Mum of 4

                from Lismore, AU

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                Pros

                • Easy To Read

                Cons

                • Not What I Expected

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                  Comments about Gone Girl:

                  I enjoyed this book. It only took me 3 afternoons to finish - once I started I needed to know the ending. The ending could have been better.

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                  5.0

                  Very engaging . I couldn't put it down ,

                  By Paula

                  from Sydney

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                  Pros

                  • Believable Characters
                  • Deserves Multiple Readings
                  • Easy To Read
                  • Well Written

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                    • Older Readers
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                    Comments about Gone Girl:

                    Excellent. Every single time !

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                    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 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 Gone Girl is superbly constructed, ingeniously paced and absolutely terrifying... a Five-star suspense mystery. -- AN Wilson READERS' DIGEST in this riveting noirish thriller and intense dissection of a marriage, nothing is as it seems. WOMAN AND HOME 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 Read it and stay single. FINANCIAL TIMES funny, cunning thriller... the tale takes some stomach-churning turns, right to its chilling conclusion PSYCHOLOGIES A chilling, stylish read about another unknowable woman ELLE Flynn has created a gripping tale and a page-turner. LITERARY REVIEW Immensely dark and deeply intelligent, Gone Girl is a book about how well one person can truly know another METRO 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 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'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 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 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 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 a terrifically intelligent thriller with a gasp-inducing twist GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 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 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 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 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 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 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 A brilliant switchback ride, you'll beg others to read it so you can discuss it with them -- John Williams IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY Gone Girl confirms that Gillian Flynn is the smartest new crime writer for years. -- John Williams MAIL ON SUNDAY Toxic marriage simmers in this thriller with a gasp-inducing twist. GRAZIA 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 Single-handedly defines a genre of Media Gothic -- Brooke Magnanti TATLER Exhilarating and creepy, it has sent me rushing off to her other novels. -- Tracey Thorn NEW STATESMAN a brilliant, darkly comic tale -- Laura Wilson THE GUARDIAN 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 completely gripping account of a dysfunctional (is there any other sort?) marriage. -- Rachel Johnson METRO 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 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 An utterly gripping thriller EMERALD STREET 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 A tautly written thriller about the unravelling of a marriage that is deservedly topping the bestseller charts. THE OBSERVER 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 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 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 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 This thriller is the must-read of the year. THE SUN (GONE GIRL) turned the rules of your average psychological thriller inside-out...it's breathtaking THE TIMES An utterly gripping thriller EMERALD STREET 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 A tautly written thriller about the unravelling of a marriage that is deservedly topping the bestseller charts. THE OBSERVER 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 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 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 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 This thriller is the must-read of the year. THE SUN (GONE GIRL) turned the rules of your average psychological thriller inside-out...it's breathtaking THE TIMES

                    Gillian Flynn

                    Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. She has so far written three novels, Sharp Objects, for which she won the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller; Dark Places; and her best-selling third novel Gone Girl.

                    Her book has received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. The dark plot revolves around a serial killer in a Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned from Chicago to cover the event. Themes include dysfunctional families,violence and self-harm.

                    In 2007 the novel was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Writer, Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie, CWA New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, winning in the last two categories.

                    Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master's degree from Northwestern University.

                    Visit Gillian Flynn's Booktopia Author Page


                    ISBN: 9780753827666
                    ISBN-10: 0753827662
                    Audience: General
                    Format: Paperback
                    Language: English
                    Number Of Pages: 496
                    Published: 29th January 2013
                    Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
                    Country of Publication: GB
                    Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 3.2
                    Weight (kg): 0.34
                    Edition Number: 1