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Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

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18,6071435199 (3.86)4 / 1052
On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick's wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?… (more)
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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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    BookshelfMonstrosity: In these character-driven and intricately plotted psychological suspense stories, seemingly devoted husbands become prime suspects in their wives' disappearances. As investigations unfold, disturbing secrets are unearthed -- casting both couples' relationships in a new and unsettling light.… (more)
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    KayCliff: Both novels have multiple points of view, an unreliable narrator, and a complex, clever plot, but only Gone Girl is stuffed with filthy language.
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    dara85: This had the feel as Gone Girl.
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I really like this author. I love how her characters are so screwed up and I love the plot twists you don't see coming. ( )
  LittleSpeck | May 17, 2022 |
5.5 Amazing, Big Amy
”Cool girl. Men always use that, don’t they? As their defining compliment. She’s a Cool girl. Cool girl is hot. Cool girl is game. Cool girl is fun. Cool girl never gets angry at her man. She only smiles in a chagrin loving manner and then presents her mouth for fucking.” ( )
  tonimeter | May 13, 2022 |
Creo que a este libro se le cayó la quinta estrella mientras conducía mi vista a toda pastilla sobre sus palabras durante su tercera parte porque ardía de necesidad psicológica de conocer cómo la autora iba a salir del jardín en el que se había metido. Porque de todo se sale, pero a veces con mejor o peor fortuna, y creo que la de este libro resulta mediana (que no mediocre). Entiéndanme, no es un final estilo Stephen King, pero tampoco es lo que yo esperaba, aunque esto probablemente se deba a mi mente influenciada por todo lo yanki, que estaba esperando una explosión y unos fuegos artificiales. Es eso o que me ha fallado el ritmo narrativo, ¿pero quién soy yo para hacer semejante aseveración? ¡Miren cómo escribo!

También he de decir que el desarrollo me ha gustado mucho aunque, cómo no sabía realmente lo que estaba leyendo al principio, esperaba algo más místico y fantasioso. Sí, sé que a ustedes les parecerá bastante fantasioso todo lo que ocurre, pero eso es porque no han vivido lo bastante a tope. La cuestión es que el libro parece desinflarse a medida que pasas de una parte a otra: la primera, que ocupa la mitad de la extensión, me mantuvo en vilo durante varios días; la segunda, sinceramente, fue un poco jarro de agua fría al principio; y la tercera, como ya les he dicho, no resultó completamente de mi gusto. La verdad es que veo más este libro transformado en una película de Antena 3 de domingo después de comer, de esas de producción alemana nefasta, antes que en una obra maestra de David Fincher y, aún así, todos los que la han visto a mi alrededor dicen que está muy bien, aunque también dicen que el guión está ligeramente alterado por la propia autora. Confío en que haya cambiado el final, los americanos no lo entenderían (o lo entenderían demasiado bien).

Conclusión: es un libro interesante, mejor escrito estilísticamente que muchas otras cosas modernas que he leído y que dan ganas de tirarlas al fuego directamente; también tiene una premisa interesante aunque yo sienta que se desinfla un poco hacia el final (ustedes no tienen por qué sentir lo mismo que yo). En realidad, y muchos de los que lo hayan leído no terminarán de entenderme, lo que echo de menos es un poco más de complejidad: subtramas importantes, profundidad en algunos personajes, etc. Pero tranquilos, que ya estará ahí la industria al quite entendiendo mal esto que digo (porque toda la industria me lee) para que se publiquen unos cuantos spin-off, no sea que dejemos algo a la imaginación.

Dios mío, soy un culo de mal asiento. ( )
  tecniferio | May 12, 2022 |
Was told by a coworker and a patient both within two days to read this book. SO far it is pretty gripping and I want to read read, read.

Finished in just a few days. Definitely an interesting read with twists that I didn't expect. Unsure how I feel about the ending but still worth reading. I think I would like more to the story. Definitely will read more by this author. ( )
  KyleneJones | Apr 25, 2022 |
I read this book in less than 24 hours and I want to give it four stars because, my god, was it ever entertaining. But the writing style (while not terrible at all) isn't so much my cup o' tea, and it kinda loses steam at the end. ( )
  jdegagne | Apr 23, 2022 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
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.
Quotations
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.
It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters.
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On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick's wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?

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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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