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Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

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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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3.5

(based on 19 reviews)

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78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to read (13)
  • Engaging characters (12)
  • Page-turner (10)
  • Well written (9)

Cons

  • Not what I expected (6)
  • Disappointing (5)

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  • Travel reading (12)
  • Gift (8)
  • 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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Disappointing

My initial thought when reading this book was great something gritty! The end was very disappointing and I felt that the Author was either under a deadline to finish Tout Suite or she had...Read complete review

My initial thought when reading this book was great something gritty! The end was very disappointing and I felt that the Author was either under a deadline to finish Tout Suite or she had someone else do it for her. Her previous two books are fantastic and worth a read.

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4.0

Great Read - Highly Recommend

By Edie the cat

from Sydney, AU

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Verified Buyer

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • 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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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gift
          • Travel Reading

          Comments about Gone Girl:

          Prompt delivery

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          3.0

          An entertaining quick read

          By Dragonlady

          from Melbourne

          About Me Everyday Reader

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          Pros

          • Easy To Read
          • Page-Turner

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel Reading

            Comments about Gone Girl:

            An interesting storyline with some very unlovable characters who still managed to engage.

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            1.0

            Not great...

            By A

            from Sydney, AU

            About Me Everyday Reader

            Pros

              Cons

              • Disappointing

              Best Uses

              • Travel Reading

              Comments about Gone Girl:

              Predictable and poorly written. Might be ok for a beach read, but nothing more. Don't know what all the fuss was about.

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              4.0

              Interesting.

              By the quilter

              from tasmania

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              Pros

              • Engaging characters
              • Page-Turner
              • Well Written

              Cons

              • Disappointing
              • Not What I Expected

              Best Uses

              • Gift
              • Older Readers

              Comments about Gone Girl:

              I was disappointed in this after all the hype, I did enjoy reading it .

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              4.0

              Housework delayer!

              By Beachcomber

              from Brisbane Australia

              About Me Everyday Reader

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel Reading

                Comments about Gone Girl:

                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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                3.0

                Incredible Ending

                By LynBt

                from Sydney

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                Pros

                • Different Form Of Writing
                • Engaging characters

                Cons

                • A Bit Slow

                Best Uses

                • Travel Reading

                Comments about Gone Girl:

                Presentation different and made the book more interesting encouraging you to read on.

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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: 3rd January 2013
                Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
                Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 12.8  x 3.3
                Weight (kg): 0.32
                Edition Number: 1