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Gone Girl (original 2012; edition 2013)

by Gillian Flynn

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Member:dclay
Title:Gone Girl
Authors:Gillian Flynn
Info:Phoenix (2013), Paperback, 496 pages
Collections:Your library, Read
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Tags:Fiction, Crime fiction

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (2012)

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    claudiemae: I really enjoyed this book,my first read by this author. I got "Gone Girl,because i like how this author writes.But,I did not like "Gone Girl',really,was this written by Gillian Flynn? I was dissapointed,and hope she can do better with her next one,she does have talent.… (more)
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Second time reading this - this time after the movie. Still love it. ( )
  KnivesBoone | Jul 29, 2016 |
Holy crap! What a book! Ok, I admit that I read some spoilers when I was not even a quarter of the way into the book but that just made me want to read it even more. Amazing! And still, I'm a bit frustrated with the ending because I want to know what happens. Sequel, anyone? ( )
  Prashna | Jul 29, 2016 |
Well. Not so thrilled as most here.
The plot is fine, but really stupid ending. Hated it.
But worst of all..... It is waaay too long. I have never read a book with so many unnescesay paragraphs. I am aware that Flynn of course sets a mood and stages a backgraound, but to me it is too much.
Some flaws, which the police would detect, but not here, where they ate decribed as imbeciles.
This is the first much hyped book I have ever read, and for sure it will be the last.

Unfortunately I bought 3 of her books, but I wonder if I will ever read the others. ( )
  ziggiole | Jul 28, 2016 |

This was a hard book to get into, it took me three attempts.
However, once I got into it, I could not put it down.
It is a great book, not sure how I feel about the ending though. ( )
  onebookishgirl | Jul 19, 2016 |
I thought the first section was too long by at least a third. While the events of the story were not predictable, I didn't find them shocking. The different ways in which Nick and Amy saw each other and themselves were interesting and well-executed, but not fascinating. A couple of small things annoyed me; I'm willing to admit they're more my problem than Flynn's: "Jacqueline Collings" as a character's name threw me right out of the story. All I could think of was the racy writer. And her being described as "vaginal" twice – by both Amy and Nick - irritated. Once was provocative; twice was, if nothing else, poor editing.

It was nonetheless an interesting and unusual book. I did like that it defied prediction. I don't think it was anywhere near as good as "Dark Places," which contains, for me, characters of greater interest and depth as well as also defying prediction and expectation. ( )
  NatalieSW | Jul 18, 2016 |
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...Gillian Flynn’s latest novel of psychological suspense will confound anyone trying to keep up with her quicksilver mind and diabolical rules of play. Not that there’s anything underhanded about her intentions: she promises to deliver an account of the troubled marriage of Nick and Amy Dunne, who alternate as narrators, and so she does. The trickery is in the devilish way she tells their story.
added by y2pk | editNew York Times, Marilyn Stasio (Jun 15, 2012)
 
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
Heyborne, KirbyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whelan, JuliaNarratorsecondary 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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"En un caluroso día de verano, Amy y Nick se disponen a celebrar su quinto aniversario de bodas en North Carthage, a orillas del río Mississippi. Pero Amy desaparece esa misma mañana sin dejar rastro. A medida que la investigación policial avanza, las sospechas recaen sobre Nick. Sin embargo, Nick insiste en su inocencia. Es cierto que se muestra extrañamente evasivo y frío, pero ¿es un asesino?"--Book cover.… (more)

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