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Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

Paperback Published: 29th January 2013
ISBN: 9780753827666
Number Of Pages: 496

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There are two sides to every story... The No.1 bestselling novel that everyone is talking about, Gone Girl is now a major motion picture starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Includes Reading Group Notes.

Who 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

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Oh my goodness - i wasn't expecting that!

5

A quick read because you can't put it down - wow, Gillian Flynn is so good at plot twists. First you feel sorry for Nick, then you don't, then you do again, then you feel sorry for Amy, then you REALLY don't - wow, so crazy! Exciting and different.

Sydney

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One for the under thirties!

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This is one for those in their twenties or early thirties. Characters were pathetic & totally unlikeable. I couldn't finish this one. I didn't even enjoy the writing.....

NSW

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Read this book now!

5

Such a great book! Gillian Flyn never fails to impress and surprise me. I've read every book she's written so far and left 'Gone girl' to last (best 'til last, I thought) and I must say, it may be my favorite. By the second half of the book, it had me cherishing my own marriage.

Melbourne, Australia

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Amazing story of manipulation

4

The story takes a little while to build up the background story...stick with it, it soon turns into an edge of your seat page turning thriller.

Gloucester

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Fav book

5

One of my all time favourite books

Melbourne, AU

Well written, page turner, ultimately left unstatisfied

4

I was interested to read this book because of all the hype. And it is a good read, unexpected twists, different perspectives - his story, her story - very detailed breakdown that happens with relationships when expectations are not met. I found the ending most unsatisfactory, it was distasteful and seemed to be contrary to common sense and human survival instincts - I found it unbelievable after everything this couple had been through that it would end this way.

Adelaide South Australia

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A bit cup of crazy!!

4

What a big cup of crazy this book is. A great thriller that kept me thinking of the Scott Peterson case in the USA, which had a very sad outcome. Glad to have been able to read this without knowing anything about how it was going to turn out and now am looking forward to seeing the movie.

Sydney

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Awesome Read...

5

Could not put this book down. Great Read!!

Newborough

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A real page turner.

5

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.

Melbourne,AU

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Horror

3

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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Gone Girl

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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 *

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): 0.35
Edition Number: 1

Gillian Flynn


About the Author


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.

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