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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
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Gone Girl (edition 2014)

by Gillian Flynn (Author)

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Title:Gone Girl
Authors:Gillian Flynn (Author)
Info:Broadway Books (2014), Edition: Reprint, 422 pages
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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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A great psychological thriller. The two main characters, as well as their relationship, are beautifully described and brought into clear focus with deft and humour. The story alternates between his perspective and hers, which helps keep the story interesting. I know opinions are divided in regards to the ending, but I personally think it fits well into the narrative of a truly screwed-up marriage. ( )
  adam.currey | Dec 1, 2018 |
I hated this book. I don't know if I have ever hated a book, but this one I know I do. The first half of the book when it was mainly the husband's side of the story I liked. Once the wife's side started I was ready to throw the book out the window. I thought the story of what the wife did wasn't believable. I thought the ending made no sense at all. I really just couldn't stand this book. (The movie sucked also) ( )
  LVStrongPuff | Nov 29, 2018 |
Gone Girl is a uniquely written novel that shows the extreme of being involved in a bad relationship. The book starts the suspense by having the star wife of the novel Amy Dunne gomissing on the day of her fifth wedding anniversary. The details of her disappearance are discussed by Amy's husband Nick, along with a look into the wife's perspective of the relationship via her diary entries over the last seven years of knowing her husband. The reader is kept tied to the book by suspenseful endings and plot surprises shown in almost every chapter.

I personally enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any adult reader looking for a suspenseful novel that plays on dysfunctional marriages, mystery, and personality issues. The book really is something and I am now hooked on the author's style of writing. The only downside is that I would have liked a little more explanation to the ending. It was catchy and made you smirk but I just would have enjoyed a little more explanation to just what the future holds for the main characters. ( )
  linda1188 | Nov 29, 2018 |
Loved this. It was shocking and grippping in a good way. ( )
  decaturmamaof2 | Nov 28, 2018 |
Liked it until the end ( )
  3njennn | Nov 25, 2018 |
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Flynn writes bright, clever, cynical sentences. Maybe too many of them in Gone Girl. The same facts and ideas seem to repeat themselves. But that’s a minor gripe in a book that never slacks in tightening the suspense.

The basic questions the mystery asks are these: did the journalist husband murder his well-to-do missing wife or is she setting him up to pay a creepy price? On Flynn’s slick way to reaching the answer, she pulls the rug from under us readers three times. Or was it four?
added by VivienneR | editThe Toronto Star, Jack Batten (Jun 2, 2012)
 
This American author shook up the thriller scene in 2007 with her debut Sharp Objects, nasty and utterly memorable. Gone Girl, her third novel, is even better – an early contender for thriller of the year and an absolute must read.
added by Milesc | editThe Observer, Alison Flood (May 20, 2012)
 

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Flynn, Gillianprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Graziosi, FrancescoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heyborne, KirbyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whelan, JuliaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zani, IsabellaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
Love is the world's infinite mutability: Lies, hatred, murder even, are all knit up in it; it is the inevitable blossoming of its opposites, a magnificent rose smelling faintly of blood.

           Tony Kushner, THE ILLUSION
Dedication
To Brett: light of my life, senior and
Flynn: light of my life, junior
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When I think of my wife, I always think of her head.
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I don’t know that we are actually human at this point, those of us who are like most of us, who grew up with TV and movies and now the Internet. If we are betrayed, we know the words to say; when a loved one dies, we know the words to say. It we want to play the stud or the smart-ass or the fool, we know the words to say. We are all working from the same dog-eared script.
I'm a big fan of the lie of omission.
I hated Nick for being surprised when I became me.
You are an average, lazy, boring, cowardly, woman-fearing man. Without me, that’s what you would have kept on being, ad nauseam. But I made you into something. You were the best man you’ve ever been with me. And you know it.
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Golden boy Nick Dunne, brings his socialite wife, Amy, back to live in his hometown on the Mississippi River. She is miserable and on their fifth wedding anniversary she disappears. Soon Nick finds himself lying,  and acting inappropriately but continues to claim his innocence with his twin sister at his side.
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Lies disguised as truth/Is she dead or simply gone?/Ask Punch and Judy. (BrileyOC)

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On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations 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 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 really know the one they love.… (more)

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