Gone Girl: A Novel

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Crown, 2012 - Fiction - 419 pages
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Marriage can be a real killer.
One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl's toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife's head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn't do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

  

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I love the way the plot unfolds. - Flipkart
But seriously a mediocre plot, and predictable. - Flipkart
Has unusual elements of story telling. - Flipkart
... the writing is breezy. - Flipkart
... the ending could have been a whole lot better - Flipkart
The Plot in this book is absolutely mind-boggling. - Flipkart

Fun to read aloud with a partner

User Review  - zooeyspal - Target

My husband and I enjoyed taking turns reading the male and female-narrated portions of this book. It's not a "chic-flick" and there was enough mystery and character development to keep both of us interested in the plot. An interesting, dark read. Read full review

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User Review  - KR_Patterson - LibraryThing

So twisty and turny and clever. Based on other reviews, I expected a faster pace and had a hard time getting into it, but when it got good, it got good. So messed up, and so much fun! Read full review

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GILLIAN FLYNN is the author of the New York Times bestseller Dark Places, which was a New Yorker Reviewers' Favorite, Weekend TODAY Top Summer Read, Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009, and Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction choice; and the Dagger Award winner Sharp Objects, which was an Edgar nominee for Best First novel, a BookSense pick, and a Barnes & Noble Discover selection. Her work has been published in twenty-eight countries. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

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