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Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

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Published: 29th January 2013
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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. . .

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.

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Gone Girl
 
3.6

(based on 24 reviews)

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78%

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Pros

  • Easy to read (15)
  • Engaging characters (13)
  • Page-turner (12)
  • Well written (11)
  • Deserves multiple readings (3)

Cons

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

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  • Travel reading (14)
  • Gift (10)
  • 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

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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      • 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

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          • Gift
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          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

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              • Gift
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              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

                Cons

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                  • Older Readers
                  • Travel Reading

                  Comments about Gone Girl:

                  Excellent. Every single time !

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                  4.0

                  Interesting plot with a good twist

                  By Inac

                  from 13th Beach

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                  • Easy To Read
                  • Engaging characters
                  • Page-Turner
                  • Well Written

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                    Prompt delivery

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                    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
                    Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 3.2
                    Weight (kg): 0.34
                    Edition Number: 1