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Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

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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?… (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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If you can get past the language, etc., it's quite a good story with unexpected turns and twists. ( )
  atari_guy | May 11, 2021 |
Not rating. I still haven't been able to get through the first section.
  hootowl1978 | May 4, 2021 |
Gone Girl was the first book I've read by Gillian Flynn, so I went in completely unprepared. If I had to pick a word for my experience of reading this book, that word would be "immured".

I read very slowly at first. Since I was reading it based on other's recommendations, there was a lot of excitement and enthusiasm around the book, so I was anticipating big things. I grew impatient and it just made the beginning part seem so much slower.

As the tension rose, higher and higher, I began to feel like I knew what was going to happen, but the more I could predict, the darker it got. In the end, when the last stone was slid into place, I was trapped. I was trapped in the minds of these two, very messed up, but very realistically messed up, people. This isn't The Shining kind of scarry. This scarry could be walking around WalMart right now!

It may take some time, but I will reclaim my use of the word amazing. Right now, I can't use it without hearing the echo, "Amy"... ( )
  LuckyWitter | Apr 22, 2021 |
One of the best mystery/suspense/horror novel I've read since Shutter Island. Part 1 begins simply as a normal mystery: wife gone missing, husband stands as the number #1 suspect. Part 2 is the WTF, very surreal, who done it and why they did it. Part 3 is the aftermath: a tingling horror story. This is one of those books deserving of the hype. ( )
  illmunkeys | Apr 22, 2021 |
For most of the book, the story is enthralling-- the ending disappoints. ( )
  mbellucci | Apr 10, 2021 |
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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.
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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