Gone Girl

Gone Girl

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 720 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 25mm | 27g
  • Large Print Press
  • Farmington Hills, Mich., United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • large type edition
  • 159413605X
  • 9781594136054
  • 278,266

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`Ice-pick-sharp... Spectacularly sneaky... Impressively cagey... `Gone Girl` is Ms. Flynn's dazzling breakthrough. It is wily, mercurial, subtly layered and populated by characters so well imagined that they're hard to part with -- even if, as in Amy's case, they are already departed. And if you have any doubts about whether Ms. Flynn measures up to Patricia Highsmith's level of discreet malice, go back and look at the small details. Whatever you raced past on a first reading will look completely different the second time around.` --Janet Maslin, `New York Times ``An ingenious and viperish thriller... It's going to make Gillian Flynn a star... The first half of `Gone Girl` is a nimble, caustic riff on our Nancy Grace culture and the way in which ''The butler did it'' has morphed into ''The husband did it.'' The second half is the real stunner, though. Now I really am going to shut up before I spoil what instantly shifts into a great, breathless read. Even as `Gone Girl` grows truly twisted and wild, it says smart things about how tenuous power relations are between men and women, and how often couples are at the mercy of forces beyond their control. As if that weren't enough, Flynn has created a genuinely creepy villain you don't see coming. People love to talk about the banality of evil. You're about to meet a maniac you could fall in love with. A` `--`Jeff Giles, `Entertainment Weekly ` `An irresistible summer thriller with a twisting plot worthy of Alfred Hitchcock. Burrowing deep into the murkiest corners of the human psyche, this delectable summer read will give you the creeps and keep you on edge until the last page.` `--People` (four stars) `[A] thoroughbred thriller about the nature of identity and the terrible secrets that can survive and thrive in even the most intimate relationships. `Gone Girl` begins as a whodunit, but by the end it will have you wondering whether there's any such thing as a who at all.` `--`Lev Grossman, `Time`show more

About Gillian Flynn

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.show more

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4 38% (591,689)
3 17% (270,300)
2 5% (77,959)
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