- Publisher: Random House Inc
- Format: Hardback | 419 pages
- Dimensions: 160mm x 234mm x 36mm | 658g
- Publication date: 5 June 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 030758836X
- ISBN 13: 9780307588364
- Sales rank: 8,334
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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GILLIAN FLYNN is the author of the runaway hit "Gone Girl," an international sensation that has spent more than ninety-five weeks on the "New York Times" bestseller list. Her work has been published in forty languages." Gone Girl" is soon to be a major motion picture from Twentieth Century Fox. Flynn's previous novels, "Dark Places" and Dagger Award winner "Sharp Objects," were also "New York Times" bestsellers. A former writer and critic for "Entertainment Weekly," she lives in Chicago with her husband and children.
By Janine 07 Sep 2014
OK. This book was addicting. I smashed it in about 2-3 hours. I needed to know how it ended and that is the sign of a good book. It kept me wanting more. A truly riveting story.
BUT. (bum bum buuuummm)
Amy's character was infuriating for me! The massive plot twist in the middle of the book was surprising yet awfully unbelievable.
I needed Gillian Flynn to give me more backstory as to how Amy became the character that she was. She gave me a little (her parents, her only child situation) but it just wasn't enough! The acts she commits are horrible and extreme yet there not a strong enough justification as to why she commits them. This really ruined the book for me yet i have so many mixed feelings. This is the first book that has left me literally dumbfounded. I just don't know how to feel and it's ANNOYING.
All in all, i probably would recommend this book just so i could talk to people about it and what they though. Give it a go, but BE WARNED.
By Chrissy 10 Jan 2014
Two reviews - both 3 stars
Did I enjoy this book: Not really. But it kept me reading until the end.
HereÃ¢??s the thing. It is a different story with some different angles. But I didnÃ¢??t like any of the characters. None of them. There was no one that I cared about. There were quite a few times I wanted to DNF this book. If it hadnÃ¢??t been for book group and a willingly read spoiler, I probably would have DNFÃ¢??d this book way before the halfway mark. (Probably before the quarter mark.) ThatÃ¢??s how much I didnÃ¢??t care.
So, you may ask, what kept me reading? Well, I wanted to see how it ended. I wanted to see if there was a clever catch, an interesting twist, something redeeming for any of the characters.
***SPOILER ALERT Ã¢?? STOP READING NOW IF YOU DONÃ¢??T WANT TO KNOW DETAILS.***
There was nothing redeeming. I thought Amy was a psychotic, bored, rich b*****. Nick was spineless, weak, and pissed off (with good reason). The cops were incompetent. Boney I liked because she knows the truth. Unfortunately, she canÃ¢??t prove it. Go was an afterthought. IÃ¢??m not sure what purpose she served. The parents were crazy. I was hoping it had been their plan to salvage the Amazing Amy books. The ending?!?!? What?!?!? I donÃ¢??t even remotely understand that. It was a let down.
***SPOILER OVER Ã¢?? YOU MAY RESUME READING.***
Okay. The book is fairly well-written. A few too many words and descriptions for my taste. It could probably lose about 100 pages and be just as good, maybe even better because it wouldnÃ¢??t be so long. The plot was different and well-thought out. Every angle was covered and explained. It was an intriguing story. Just too much for me. I wish I had cared about one of the characters. I wish one of the characters would have received their just desserts.
Would I recommend it: Tough question Ã¢?Â¦ I may if someone asks me about it. But I wouldnÃ¢??t actively recommend it to all the people I know.
Will I read it again: I will not.
Did I enjoy this book: It was very complicated, but overall, I did.
Flynn does a great job of keeping the suspense going all the way to the end. Whatever you think you know about where the storyÃ¢??s going, youÃ¢??re probably wrong.
Interestingly, there were times when the book felt weirdly comical. And IÃ¢??m not sure that was the authorÃ¢??s intent. But like I said, the book was complicated. The first time was at the mall raid. A former magazine writer turned college professor along with his Psychologist/writer father-in-law barge into an abandoned mall turned crack house with a handful of townie thugs toting baseball bats to rat out any suspects. It seemed more Paul Blart: Mall Cop than Dirty Harry.
And the author had the oddest habit of taking a word and adding Ã¢??ily to the end to create an adverb. Someone sat down Ã¢??pissilyÃ¢?? or grunted Ã¢??shitily.Ã¢?? But my favorite (I swear IÃ¢??m not making this up) was when Officer Boney looked at Chance Ã¢??winkily.Ã¢?? I got so hung up on this I had to do some investigating of my own. I started keeping a log. I looked them up in the dictionary. And my darkest fears became a reality. They arenÃ¢??t words at all.
Main character, Amy, befuddled me even more than the adverb mystery. Even early in the novel, we know something is seriously wrong with this girl.
Apparently, she agrees with her husband that women who turn their husbands into Ã¢??dancing-monkeysÃ¢?? are ridiculous and sheÃ¢??ll have no part of it. This includes behaviors most people would consider every day consideration. Like showing up for a dinner party with your wife when you say you will. Even stumbling in at 4 a.m. drunk and belligerent with a womanÃ¢??s phone number and receipts from strip joints in his pocket on their anniversary is ok with her. She concedes that sheÃ¢??s Ã¢??being a girlÃ¢?? by feeling upset over this.
I halfway expected to discover her parents had written a book in their childrenÃ¢??s series entitled, Amazing Amy: Gets Her Brain Sucked Out. Why else would she behave so stupidily? (sorry, couldnÃ¢??t stop myself on that one.)
But read on, thereÃ¢??s nothing stereotypical about this character. SheÃ¢??s goofy, creepy, psychotic, hard (maybe impossible) to understand. But like the story line, whatever you think you know about Amy early on in the book is probably wrong.
Concluding thoughts: really complicated, unpredictable book with some bright spots and a few awkward chuckles.
Would I recommend it: Unless youÃ¢??re one of those weirdos who gets hung up on adverbs, you might enjoy this one.
Will I read it again: No.
By Julie Smith 09 Jun 2012
Having read and reviewed Gillian Flynn's "Sharp Objects", I was happy to receive this latest work from the author. I like dark fiction, mystery, and the odd bit of creepiness, and this newest title definitely fits the bill.
This novel is told in the first-person POV of Nick Dunne, interspersed with diary entries from Amy, his wife.
Nick was a successful magazine writer and his wife Amy wrote quizzes for magazines in New York. Life was good, especially because Amy also had a decent trust fund from her parents, two psychologists who are the writers of the "Amazing Amy" series of children's books, based loosely on their daughter's life.
Shortly after Nick loses his job, closely followed by Amy losing hers, Nick receives a call from his twin sister Margo "Go". Their well-loved mother is dying of cancer, and Nick decides, without consulting his wife beforehand, that they will move back to his hometown of North Cartage, Missouri to help Margo take care of her. Nick and Margo had always talked about opening a bar, so they borrow from Amy to do so, while Amy ends up being the one sitting with their mother during her treatments, with nothing to do and no friends.
On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick receives a call from his neighbor. His door is wide open and their cat is sitting on the porch. Nick arrives to find a scene of disorder, with a heavy ottoman overturned and other signs of violent struggle throughout the house. Worst of all, his wife is missing.
This is a story of the dark side of marriage and humanity. Ms. Flynn is a talented writer, expert at drawing a mental picture that so perfectly chills the reader: "There's something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold."
With most missing-person cases, close family are the immediate suspects, and Nick finds himself followed closely by the two detectives assigned to the case. Following the clues left by his wife's anniversary "treasure hunt", we also suspect Nick, even while he voices his innocence. Amy's diary entries only add to our suspicions, as we follow the trail of a marriage gone cold, filled with dark bursts and suspicions.
When I wasn't reading this book, I was thinking about it. When I was reading it, it was difficult to put down. I was drawn in from the first page, and totally transfixed thereafter. This is a brilliant piece of psychological writing that will have lovers of dark fiction wishing there were more pages.
This one will definitely be on my "Best Reads" of 2012 list. Pick it up; you won't regret it.
I simply assumed that I would bundle up my New York wife with her New York interests, her New York pride, and remove her from her New York parents - leave the frantic,thrilling futureland of Manhattan behind - and transplant her to a little town on the river in Missouri, and all would be fine.
I did not yet understand how foolish, how optimistic, how, yes, just like Nick I was for thinking this. The misery it would lead to.
These messages and orders brought to you by my father, a mid-level phone-company manager who treated my mother at best like an incompetent employee. At worst? He never beat her, but his pur, inarticlate fury would fill the house for days, weeks, at a time, making the air humid, hard to breathe, my father stalking around with his lower jaw jutting out, giving him the look of a wounded, vengeful boxer, grinding his teeth so loud you could hear it across the room. Throwing things near her but not exactly at her. I'm sure he told himself: I never hit her. I'm sure because of this technicality he never saw himself as an abuser. But he turned our family life into an endless road trip with bad directions and a rage-clenched driver, a vacation that never got a chance to be fun. Don't make me turn this car around. Please, really, turn it around.
He came home from work and kissed me full on the lips, and he touched me as if I were really there. I almost cried, I'd been so lonely. To be kissed on the lips by your husband is the most decadent thing.
In the videos, I wore clothes Amy had bought me, and I brushed my hair the way she liked, and I tried to read her mind. My anger toward her was like heated wire.
"...why are you so wonderful to me?"
He was supposed to say: You deserve it. I love you.
But he said, "Because I feel sorry for you."
"Because every morning you have to wake up and be you."
Writing: 5 out of 5 stars
Plot: 5 out of 5 stars
Characters: 5 out of 5 stars
Reading Immersion: 5 out 5 stars
BOOK RATING: 5 out of 5 stars
Sensitive Reader: Some profanity
Book Clubs: Definitely a great pick - there will be lots to discuss as you move through the book and the direction of the story and the feel for the characters change.
By Sara 28 Mar 2012
When I first started reading this book I expected it to be a run of the mill crime / thriller story. I was hoping it wouldn't turn out to be a formulaic whodunnit, there are enough of those on the market already, but thought it would be an entertaining enough read.
The story centres around a high-flying American couple, she's the heiress to a literary fortune, he's a career journalist; both lose their jobs and subsequently move from New York to his home town in Missouri, open a bar and settle down. But it all goes wrong in the opening chapters as she goes missing on the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary.
The book is seen from two different perspectives, his and hers. While we follow Nick Dunne through the days after his wife's disappearance, we follow her story through her diary entries leading up to it. Not as confusing as it sounds. Nothing is ever as it seems though, I won't put spoilers here but this is not a cut and dried case. As readers we are along for the ride and can only get hints through the couple themselves - from his narrative and from her diary.
If you like a good thriller you will love this book, its characters are intricate and interesting, you step inside their heads and see both sides of the story...but like a good conversation you only get what the other side is willing to reveal until they decide to tell you more. This is a classy read and has led me to look at Flynn's other books, but I'll definitely be reading this again to see what I missed the first time.
""Gone Girl" is one of the best -and most frightening -portraits of psychopathy I've ever read. Nick and Amy manipulate each other -with savage, merciless and often darkly witty dexterity. This is a wonderful and terrifying book about how the happy surface normality and the underlying darkness can become too closely interwoven to separate." -Tana French, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Faithful Place "and "Into the Woods" "The plot has it all. I have no doubt that in a year's time I'm going to be saying that this is my favorite novel of 2012. Brilliant." -Kate Atkinson, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Started Early, Took My Dog" and "Case Histories" ""Gone Girl" builds on the extraordinary achievements of Gillian Flynn's first two books and delivers the reader into the claustrophobic world of a failing marriage. We all know the story, right? Beautiful wife disappears; husband doesn't seem as distraught as he should be under the circumstances. But Flynn takes this sturdy trope of the 24-hour news cycle and turns it inside out, providing a devastating portrait of a marriage and a timely, cautionary tale about an age in which everyone's dreams seem to be imploding." -Laura Lippman, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Most Dangerous Thing" and "I'd Know You Anywhere" "Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" is like "Scenes from a Marriage" remade by Alfred Hitchcock, an elaborate trap that's always surprising and full of characters who are entirely recognizable. It's a love story wrapped in a mystery that asks the eternal question of all good relationships gone bad: How did we get from there to here?" -Adam Ross, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Mr. Peanut" "Just this minute I finished a week of feeling betrayed, misled, manipulated, provoked, and misjudged, not to mention having all my expectations confounded. Considering how compulsively I kept coming back for more, I am seriously thinking of going back to page oner