Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian FlynnGone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl: A Novel

byGillian Flynn

Paperback | April 22, 2014

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Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

The #1 New York Times Bestseller

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. 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? 

GILLIAN FLYNN is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Gone Girl, for which she wrote the Golden Globe-nominated screenplay, and the New York Times bestsellers Dark Places and Sharp Objects. A former critic for Entertainment Weekly, she lives in Chicago with her husband and children.
Title:Gone Girl: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 7.99 × 5.18 × 0.91 inPublished:April 22, 2014Publisher:Crown/ArchetypeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307588378

ISBN - 13:9780307588371


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down Very engaging book. I thought it was a very good, quick read. The characters are not the kind that you get personally connected to, but I thought that the writing was good and the story excellent
Date published: 2019-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Psychological Thriller Ever Written! It's one of the few books that I have read countless times over the years. I can never get it out of my head! It's even better than The Talented Mr. Ripley. A must read for anyone who loves dark psychological Thrillers! It will keep you guessing until the end. Unputdownable.
Date published: 2018-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping I loved this book and the suspense. It was my first Gillian Flynn novels, and ever since I have read all her other books!
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Did not disappoint! This seems like an obvious review/rating but this book did not disappoint. The entire time I was up and down with the book - on one side, on the other side - where is this going?! It's so well-written and so well-thought out that no book review can really do it justice. I was fairly disappointed with the ending (like the very end, the very last page end) since it wasn't the outcome I wanted and not really what I expected but overall it was incredible!
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Gillian Flynn Her books just don't disappoint and this was no exception. This is one of those books that you just can't put down because you need to know what happens next. A very twisted thriller and I loved it.
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing!!!! I was hesitant to pick this book up. When I heard what the themes of this book deals with I wasn't sure if it would be for me, but I was wrong. I LOVED it! It took me a while to get through it but I was glad when I finished it. It left me wondering what was going to happen to the characters and if the police will eventually figure it out and catch the person responsible. It starts off kind of slow and it takes atleast 50 pages or more to get comfortable with the alternate point of views and time perspectives but once you do you can't get enough!
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from twisted So good because it is so twisted and well thought out. Absolutely love all of the characters.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I could'nt put it down Such a great novel. has so much mystery in it i did not expect what happened at the end at all you will be so shocked. Its worth the read
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent read This was a decent easy read, I have to say that I am team Nick! Twisted and kept you on the edge!
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down As a lover of thriller novels this was an easy read that I couldn't put down. I didn't find it too predictable and the characters were very interesting. I've recommended this to many people.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing mystery/ thriller An amazing mystery/ thriller. The psychological aspect of this book is incredible. The wife is a character herself and is very interesting.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You need to read this If you're thinking of reading this book, you should! It is so suspenseful and will leave you second guessing. This book made me buy more books written from Gillian Flynn ! You will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes, Yes, Yes. If you're thinking about purchasing this book the answer should be YES! Definitely a page turner. Different from many other psychological thrillers I've read as i found if hard to like the characters but I also believe that's what kept me reading it. It does start to drag a little bit in between but it's worth reading to the end. Don't watch the movie afterwards, as per usual you will be completely disappointed.
Date published: 2018-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I love this book. The first half is definitely better than the second. The second half definitely drags a bit. I love the idea behind this book that the person who loves you most, the person who knows you most, is the most dangerous of all. I don't love that they made her such a villain in the end. It works well in the movie. But I love the idea that you could love someone so much that their betrayal can cause you to do terrible, crazy things.
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book A great insight into the mind of a sociopath. As always, the movie was disappointing
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ahhh I both loved and hated this book. It was interesting to see the differences between the novel and the movie.
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! I took this book with me when I went on holidays and I read in poolside in a couple of days . I really enjoyed this Thriller ..I kept wanting to read another chapter . I watched the movie when it came out and I found the Book better than the movie . So read the book first and if you have seen the movie don't let that discourage you from reading the book..if you like thrillers this is a definite read !!
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lives Up To The Hype This book totally lived up to my expectations. It was exciting and enticing. I would definitely recommend this book to others looking for a light thriller.
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the writing style! So I unfortunately had the plot for this book spoiled for me by people who saw the movie, however I still went ahead and read it. The writing style in particular is right up my alley! Lot's of rich, unique metaphors and interesting descriptive here. It's not flowery prose, but it does a wonderful job at immersing you in the scene without going overboard.
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok I heard so much about this book that I was kind of disappointed when I finished it.
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspensful and a Page Turner This novel was a departure from what I typically read, but interestingly so. It is filled with mental illness and psychosis and the impeccable intelligence that comes with that. In addition it illustrates the dichotomy of that intelligence for both good and evil. So many twists and turns. Just when you think it is all figured out; another twist!
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting... An interesting novel! It was suspenseful and a real page turner. This story makes you think about how people may react in desperate situations.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! The characters are so interesting and well written and the plot kept me on my toes the whole time. So good! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely loved this book Full of suspense! I could not put the book down. Far better than the movie.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from its good Not living up to the hype that everyone talked about but it was good
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best the best thriller and book about relationship ever read
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond Words This book is a must read for everyone who loves thrillers/suspense. There are so many twists and turns. It keeps you at the edge of your seat
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kept me up reading late at night This novel is about a woman in a 5 year marriage who goes missing. Lies, deceit, murder- kept me reading and wanting more of Gillian Flynn!
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! Gone girl was and still is one of the best stories I have ever read. The story line is suspenseful, confusing, smart, outrageous. Makes you feel all times of emotion. Fantastic read!
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and horrifying at the same time The psyche of the characters in the book are incredible that I hope to god these people don't exist in real life. Had to destroy the book afterwards to feel safe, lol. Slow start but give it time, its intense.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed Spoiler alert- when the wife comes back, put the book down. Great suspense until then but it's downhill after that. It's unfortunate because the beginning of the book held such promise.
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed Spoiler alert- when the wife comes back, put the book down. Great suspense until then but it's downhill after that. It's unfortunate because the beginning of the book held such promise.
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Warning: Spoilers I watched the movie before I read the book (I know, bad bad bad), and... I'm kind of glad I did? It was sort of like watching Fight Club for the second time, where you know the plot twist and can therefore pick up all the little clues along the way. The audiobook version of this was fantastic. The readers for Nick and Amy are both perfect, and they did very good voices for the other characters, which is always a huge plus in audiobooks. Of course, the writing was also amazing; this is the second Gillian Flynn book I've read, and though I found both difficult to read in places (in a "tw//" kind of way), I can now confidently say that I enjoy her writing and her stories. I cannot say that I enjoy her characters as much, but I think that's kind of the point: I almost literally LOL'd at the part, about 33% in, where Nick says, "This is where you stop liking me." Buddy, I never liked you! --SPOILERS START HERE-- I was kind of surprised at the pacing of the book, having watched the movie already. I wanted more more more when they were still searching for her, but I didn't expect so much time to be spent on the "after the return." They're both so terrible! And yet perfect for each other! And yet terrible! The whole end section had me cringing a little bit, which is basically the only reason this is getting 4 stars. I get it, I understand why it had to be that way, but... I was pretty much ready for it to be over at 85%
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is how it's done Of all the similar thrillers that have come out since the release of this one, few have failed to even come close to how perfectly Gillian Flynn crafted this crazy story. I wish I hadn't seen the movie first, but I did and was totally enthralled. The book did not disappoint at all.This is an amazing plot that was handled by an extremely talented and intelligent writer.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read! I really liked this book. I'm thinking of reading it again soon. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gone Girl I loved every second of reading this just as I did when watching the film adaptation.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it interesting characters and plot twists #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book I really enjoyed this book and how it wrote from both the wife and husbands perspective. It was really cool. Quite dramatic and thrilling throughout the whole book. I read it quickly as I wanted to know what happened.
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great thriller - well written I thought this book was well written. I love thrillers & these days, I can guess the ending but this book had me on my toes until the very end. The characters were interesting, especially the wife who goes missing. The plot was twisted in an intelligent way. I loved the movie as well. I own this book - one that will go on the shelf!
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing thriller you really get into the two main characters' head. definitely a page turner
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unlikeable characters in a great book The book's main characters are extremely unlikeable but that doesn't make the story any less fascinating. If you like thrillers than you'll love Gillain Flynn's books including this one.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BRILLIANT! This book was such an amazing read, I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Is it wrong I wish I was more like Amy? I love the back forth of the narration because it really makes you hate them both. When you're reading Nick's parts you just think "God Amy's the worst" but then when you're reading Amy's narration all you can think is "God HE'S the worst". And the whole novel you just keep going back and forth. To make a reader so throughly angry at a character you just liked in the previous chapter and then flip flop the whole novel, I think that really takes considerable skill which Gillian Flynn executes really nicely. I did read the novel AFTER I watched the film, and then became very frustrated that the film always made it seem like this was Nick's story seeing as the entire first half of the film is from his perspective. Obviously the switching narrator works better in a novel, so it was a more complete story than what the film offered. Overall, a really enjoyable read. (Also I love Amy's determination to just play but win the long-game. I wish I had patience like that LOL). #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quite enjoyable! I find that you're either going to hate this book or love it. In my case, I actually found it quite exciting. I think this was one of the first books where I didn't like any of the characters. But I think that that quality was quite incredible in and of itself, as I wasn't bias towards any one character. Gillian Flynn somehow pulled it off, and it worked! In my opinion, this book had all the elements of a good psychological thriller. Give it a go, and then watch the movie after-beacause that was also very good!
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book in a long time I'm glad I got to read this book before it hit theaters and everyone was talking about it.. definitely a roller coaster. So very much worth the read.
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read I absolutely loved this book! It was a page-turner all the way through. Very captivating and simply excellent!
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real thriller I've never been able to enjoy a book where I dislike the characters so strongly but Flynn pulled it off. This is the type of book you just cannot put down. It keeps you guessing the whole way through. Highly recommend
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner!!! I was sceptical about this one, not my typical genre, but it was phenomenal! New twists and turns with every page, everything in this book is so methodically thought out, it's almost TOO REALISTIC. I flipped my opinion from being on 'Team Amy' and 'Team Nick' quite regularly. Kept me on the edge of my seat, amazing page turner. Book was Definitely better than the movie. I thought they left out key components in the movie, versus the book.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hats off to gillian flynn! this book will keep you guessing and guessing. so many important themes and symbols in this novel that are discussed and the characters are very well fleshed-out. one of the best mystery/thrillers you can get ever read hats off to Gillian Flynn!!!!
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the movie If you read this book, don't watch the movie. While the book is full of twists and turns that make you want to read on the movie is lackluster and boring to watch.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps you guessing I don't want to give away anything about the story. Suffice it to say that it keeps you guessing until the end. Who can you trust? Who's telling the truth? Loved it!
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it! Looooove love loved it, best thriller I've ever read, hands down. Period.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I love interesting female characters and this book was a good example of one.
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page turner! I could not put this book down. I was determined to figure out what happened to Amy before the book told me. Afterwards I watched the movie, and as per usual, the book is WAY better!
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You should read it!!! I had no idea what this book was about, or even its genre going in. And yet I have discovered that I absolutely loved it. Without going into details, it is a thriller and a murder mystery, among other things, and it left me disturbed, in the sort of way that i love being disturbed by books. Its about something that could happen to anyone and everyone, about the people that we think are the closest to us. In this story, all our fears and anxieties about marriage are fulfilled, and much worse. Some of those fears being cheating, losing one’s identity, distrust, abuse, etc. The novel tackles with so many difficult and controversial themes such as the immediate influence of media into jurisdiction, stereotypes towards antagonists etc. This story is brilliant in so many ways that I could keep on rhapsodizing about it indefinitely, but I will just say this: Gone Girl is an incredibly well written piece of art, definitely worth reading
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from End was great I listened to the audio book and I didn't like it that much at first. I guess I'm not big into the unreliable narrator style of writing mostly because I wasn't expecting it, I went in knowing almost nothing. The first half was really slow but I was interested in what would happen. The middle was interesting if infuriating, but then I thought the end was really great. The end is what redeemed the book for me, earning it four stars.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Gone Girl is a fast-paced, psychological thriller. I read the novel before I had seen or heard of the film, therefore I was completely in the dark when it came to the plot twist ending. The twist was shocking and unexpected which (unfortunately) I can't say for many novels in this genre that I have read. Totally recommend.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from WOW What a page turner! The twists and characters really got me hooked! Hard to put this one down!
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW One of the best books I ever read....honestly I was up all night to fininsh it. Summary: On their fifth wedding anniversary, Nicks wife Amy disappears. There are signs of struggle inside the house, and of course Nick quickly becomes the prime suspect. It sure doesn't help that Nick has not been completely honest with the police, and as Amy’s case drags out for weeks, more and more evidence appears against him, but Nick claims his innocence. As things start to unfold it gets darker, more twisted, and creepier than you can imagine. Gone Girl is so well written, and the suspense doesn’t lessen for a single page. It’s one of those books you will want to discuss as soon as you finish it, because the ending just knocks you off you feet. Bravo Gillian Flynn!
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read Loved this book. Gillian Flynn is an amazing author! Once again, way better than the movie!
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling and captivating Finished this book within 2 days. Could not put it down.#plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorites Despite others opinions, I actually really loved this novel. I enjoyed the writing and kept wanting to read more to get through the suspense. It kept my attention and to this day I still find myself rereading it over and over again.
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read even though the ending is a bit disappointing, it's a nice book, well written.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! A really amazingly written story with unexpected twists and turns around every corner. Couldn't put it down! Made a really incredible movie as well.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read This is an excellent Thriller, but it is not the best thriller that I have read. Also, I am very glad that I read the novel before watching the movie. The movie is not as interesting as the novel.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpected twists! I got to admit, it took me about a quarter to half way through the book until I was immensely captivated. There was no way I could put it down after than point. Just when you thought you've gauged where the story is going, there will be another twist that catches you off guard!
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprising Good Read I've picked this up after all the hype as well as the movie so I kind of knew some of what was going to happen but still was shocked and surprised. I know a lot of people didn't like the ending but really it was a twist in itself. You got something that could happen in real life and not some justice scenario that will please the masses. I enjoyed the writing and the wit and how i loved and hated all the characters at the same time. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super great read. Loved the exciting premise of the book and the entire read was suspenseful. If you read the book, definitely watch the movie too!
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind Boggling Keeps you guessing at every turn. Amazing psychological thriller
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from MORE LIKE GOT TO READ ABOUT THIS GIRL This book absolutely blew my mind. The characters are so incredibly well-crafted. Definitely worth the read!
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my Favourite I found this book really slow and the ending was just irritating
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping Novel I was definitely not expecting this novel to go in the direction that it did - which made it that much better! Very complex and intoxicating read!
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page-turner Absolutely loved this book. Couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! Page turner ! Couldn't wait to get to the end but was sad when it was over!
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't get through it I don't know if it was how much I disliked the wife, or how bored I became of reading about the husband sitting around getting drunk chapter after chapter, but I just could not get through this book.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Gillian Flynn really knows how to write a good psychological thriller with her main characters being seriously messed up and tragic. This book is full of sociopathic, manipulative, psychotic behavior. The husband I did not like for the way he treated his missing wife and liked even less at the end of the book and thought he was just down right pathetic. His wife I just thought was a bit weird and needy, but understandably so with an awful man of a husband as hers, who would't be. That changed further into the book and by the end I was thinking wow, this woman is nuts. Overall, the book was an exciting read. I personally think there could be more to this story than how it ended on sort of a cliff hanger, it's difficult to go into more detail about the ending without giving away the plot. I really want to find out what happens next
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Major Plot Twist Gone Girl is probably my favourite book. For anyone who enjoys reading a good thriller book, you need to read this one! The movie is well done too!
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from you'll never read anything like this... i love amy so much. she's one of the best villians i've ever read of. gone girl is unlike any mystery i've ever read, and it truly is one of a kind and deserving of its praise. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Woah By part 2 of this book, my mind was blown. I never watched the movie before hand so I had no clue what was going to happen. I must say, it was quite the interesting read. I did enjoy this book but the ending was kind of a let down for me but I can't say I predicted it (and that's what I like).
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not Great I enjoyed the twists and turns of this story, but was a little disappointed too. I guess with all the movie and book hype it was given , I expect a bit more from the book. I would choose the book over the movie.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yes, amazing! Very very compelling book. The way it is written has you hooked from beginning to end. I liked the plot twist at the end!
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ THE BOOK FIRST! I made the mistake in watching the movie first! I never do that! This book was amazing!
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! Good plot and nice twists!
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed This novel was ok. It was neither bad nor good. I guess I was let down buy all of the hype. The first half of the novel was rather long to get through and the end left me in a rather inflicted state: I'm not sure who's side I preffered (the husband or the wife -- they were both awful to begin with). The movie was better than the book (though it didn't do the wife's point of view justice like the book).
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling read Could not stop reading this book. Even at 2am, I had to find out what happened, just kept on reading. Flynn is a fantastic writer, making you love and hate the characters all the same.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripped from the start I'm so happy I read the novel before I watched the movie. Flynn really gets you inside the minds of all the characters, something that I missed in the film. Could NOT put this book down. A must read.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! When I first started it was very slow but it picked up its pace and got very intense and exciting quickly. I loved reading it and would highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a ride! I read this book before the movie came out. So many dark twists and turns that keep you wanting more. Really puts a new spin on your usual missing wife story where the husband is the prime suspect. Just goes to show that the victim isn't always who you think it is!
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put down Brilliant book, could not put down, even though I saw the film first it still kept me on the edge of my seat
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mystery This book lives up to the hype. A great twist and terrifying characters.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark & Twisted - I loved it! A twisty dark story that I really enjoyed reading. It had some slower moments but all in all I loved the story and the different perspectives it was written in.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome before the hype This book was great even before all the hype - for me it was a random find and Super happy I did find it ! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Straight Fire Saw the movie and had to buy this. Defenitly book was better than the movie!!
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Read Gillian Flynn did an amazing job with this book. It is the standard for mystery/thriller novels for me.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it The twists and turns and suspense really kept me on the edge of my seat.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from New Favourite!!! I sort of saw what was coming, but a great read none the less!
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I watched the movie first and loved and then read the book. The was, as always, better. I loved all the twist and turns. I was switching sides the whole way through. Would defiantly recommend, I have lent it out to many people and they all loved it too!
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible and Spellbinding! This book had be on the edge of my seat until the very end. I highly recommend reading it!
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a modern classic One of the first and best thrillers I ever read.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I heard some people say the characters were unlikeable,why is this book a hit? Yes they were,I hated most of them.This wasn't a love story it was a thriller and full of suspense.In fact,I disliked them all so much that there was no hero to root for but it didn't make this book any less enthralling.I was hooked.I know some people found it draggy in parts but I didn't.I loved the detail and I loved the fact that I had to think and pay attention.It was an intellectual thriller where you hated the characters because they were as$%Ol@s but I couldn't put it down!!!!
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazed!! What can i say.. I have purchased all three of this authors books.. and im amazed .. could not put these books down!!.. Page turners!.. highly Recommend !!
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better than the Movie The characters and plot were over the top and because of that, unbelievable. That aside it was entertaining. It is better than the movie so if you have seen the movie and enjoyed it definitely pick up the book
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put down I'm a slow reader and even i finished this in a week, i jst couldnt stop reading. do yourself a favor and skip the movie, the book is much better
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Messed Up A real page turner. Way way way better than the movie.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Farcical Sorry I know a lot of people love this book, but it is so unbelieable and badly written, it is almost funny. Tries to hard to shock and becomes a farce.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome A great thriller! A must read #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! So so so good! If you haven't seen the movie definitely read the book first!! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wild This book was super intense and suspenseful. I cannot believe someone would orchestrate something so bizarre out of spite. Very good read!!
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't read any spoilers! An amazing psychological thriller! It definitely keeps you guessing, and I liked how every written detail played into the larger story in the end.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book Great book with great character development. There were a few unexpected plot twists that makes you rethink everything at times.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Page turner Half way through this book I probably would have rated it a 5. The first two thirds of the book were brilliant - what a clever storyline! The author really had me turning the pages to find out what was going on. After the huge twist it all kind of fell apart and the ending was a huge disappointment.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gone Girl I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't put it down. It was so clever and well written. Definitely Gillian Flynn's best work.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read! This book was great! Surprising and exciting despite how unlikeable the characters are
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't read any spoilers!!! Loved this book! I love all of Gillian Flynn's books! I read this one first & was hooked! She writes amazing psychological thrillers! I hope she will have another out soon! I love how Gillian weaves this story together, gives you little bits of info to put the pieces together. It was amazingly crafted. I couldn't put it down!!
Date published: 2016-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite psychological thrillers I did see the film adaptation before reading the book, but I can safely say that both versions are amazing in their own right. Both have similarities and differences, but I'm willing to accept both for what they are. I will warn any who are interested in reading this book or watching the film to not look up any plot details, because I had some aspects spoiled for me, unintentionally of course, and even though it didn't take any enjoyment out of it, this really is the kind of story that's best enjoyed when you go into it not knowing a thing about the actual plot. I understand it's not gonna be for everyone, but if you love dark stories, this is for you.
Date published: 2016-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from better than the movie I really enjoyed this book. The way the story is told really kept me interested and wanting to read just one more chapter.... I often missed my bed time. People complained about the language, but I found it to fit with the characters and not distracting. Gillian Flynn writes some dark novels and I wonder where she comes up with her story-lines. I also enjoyed her other 2 novels, Sharp Objects and Dark Places.
Date published: 2016-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dark and twisty I didn't see the ending coming. If you're in the mood for a dark read, this may fit the bill.
Date published: 2015-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Impressed I felt compelled to purchase this book after seeing the film in theatres, the characters were fascinating and I wanted to get inside their heads. I'm confused as to the negative reviews. What I'll say is this: Gone Girl is not a cheap thrill, it's thorough and every scene is described with painstaking detail. The plot is dark in and of itself, but the style of writing is even darker. Gone Girl presents a very cynical view of human nature and society, with piercing commentary on everything from crime journalism to hipster glasses. Most of the people who gave this book a bad review did so because they didn't like the characters, and I think those people missed the point. Both Nick and Amy were written to be relatable but unlikeable, they represent the worst in everyone, and the irony is that they're obsessed with their reputations. Furthermore, the goal of the book is to disturb people, not necessarily to shock them. The fact that you know what's coming is what builds the intensity. Bottom line: this book will not tug on your heartstrings, but after what it'll do your brain you'll be glad it left your other organs alone.
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Took a long time to get into, but once you do, the story is great. Very intriguing and good suspense / thriller without being too haunting. I thoroughly enjoyed the character depth.
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I won't say this book has a WOW factor..., I won't say this book has a WOW factor...the first few chapters were dragging...infact it was pretty boring till part two of the book started where the actual life of Amy started after her escape. Then it became interesting. All I could say...I feel sorry for Nick Dunne. His wife was one psychopath bitch...I'm not sure what exactly would a husband do if he had this wife in real life...still...I'm surprised that these kind of twisted mindsets are part of our society. A good read for mystery lovers.
Date published: 2015-02-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea. I did not enjoy this book and did not get past the first few chapters.
Date published: 2015-02-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Why is this a hit? weird way of writing, feels like a teenager diary all through the book. The characters are unlikable and the story is unbelievable and does not make any sense at all. I don't understand why this is a best seller and don't understand how this book was put into a movie. It make no sense to me. We will have to see with the movie if it is worst than the book...
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I can't understand why this is a big hit I was painful to read it to the end. The characters are unlikable and unbelievable. The style of the author is really hard to enjoy. It feels like you are reading a young teenager diary, no structure, really poor writing, so simple yet not enjoyable. I don't understand why is it a hit and how come it was possible to put this in a movie. Not really thrill to see the movie... we will have to see.
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Thriller ! I bought this book hoping it would be much better then it was. I think I had to much of a high expectation for this book. It was good and easy to read but I find it was very slow.. It was missing the punch and the fast paced aspect. I watched the movie and enjoyed it better then the book. I was not expecting the twist and turn but apart from that the book was good but nothing exceptional. The characters are not that well developed and not very likable honestly, there is something missing from this book. The plot and story is well thought and very interesting but could have been written in a more thrilling way. The book did not keep my attention I found myself taking time to read this book and not having the feeling that I need to finish it right away, I just wanted to finish it to read another one. Not what I expected but if you are looking for a good thriller nothing more then this is for you if you are looking for something more don't bother.
Date published: 2015-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! This book is now a favorite of mine. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2014-12-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a Thriller Fan I am not a big fan of Thriller novels. I prefer Mystery novels. I was given the book by a friend. I found it a struggle to read until about the halfway mark. Then I became determined to read it all the way to the end, just to see what the plot twists would reveal. I was totally disappointed with the ending. If you are not a fan of Thriller novels, I would chose a different book to read.
Date published: 2014-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This mind game is quite the ride. Better than the movie (but see it too). A psychological thriller that you'll find hard to put down. This mind game is quite the ride.
Date published: 2014-12-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Undecided First of all I do not enjoy books written in this manner when one chapter is one person and the next chapter is another and so on. I tend to read a couple of Nick's chapters and then go back and read a few of Amy's. But this almost turns me away from the book. This book took a while to actually get my attention and then when it did it was a really good book. Strange for sure. Weird but good. I can only give it a 3 because of the style it was written in and the fact that it took a while to get going.. They really need an undecided about recommending the product but I think I could with caution.
Date published: 2014-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Good book but was a little disappointed with the ending.
Date published: 2014-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good I really enjoyed this book... looking forward to the movie...Gillian is a great writer and her books keep you interested until the end...I now own 3 of her books...Gone Girl, Sharp Edges and Dark Places....Not disappointed with any of them.
Date published: 2014-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i admire this novel!! omg where can i start- bought this book on friday and couldn't stop reading. Amy, Amy, Amy i wanted to love her and sympathize with her but i couldn't she was too much of a victim(she played that role well) this leaves me wondering do we ever know someone 100%. Is love that controlling? that manipulative? that demanding? overall this is a great book for people seeking a thrill, people who enjoy crime documentaries (i.e dateline, 24 hour mystery etc) i give this book a full go ahead you have to buy
Date published: 2014-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i admire this novel!! omg where can i start- bought this book on friday and couldn't stop reading. Amy, Amy, Amy i wanted to love her and sympathize with her but i couldn't she was too much of a victim(she played that role well) this leaves me wondering do we ever know someone 100%. Is love that controlling? that manipulative? that demanding? overall this is a great book for people seeking a thrill, people who enjoy crime documentaries (i.e dateline, 24 hour mystery etc) i give this book a full go ahead you have to buy
Date published: 2014-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Run for it "Gone Girl" was nothing like I thought it would be. Instead of a fast-paced, page-turning thriller, what I got from it was a slow-burning suspense that focuses on the long game. It builds to momentous scenes that serve as water breaks to quench a dying thirst in a marathon, and those much needed gulps in turn propel one forward with the race. This well thought out storyline provides more than the usual thrilling ride. "Gone Girl" wasn't as commercial as I thought it was going to read, and this is to Gillian Flynn's splendid craft. It was smart, fluid, and disturbing to say the very least. Although The Twist was predictable a mile away, it still held gravitas due to the way Flynn had structured her novel. The alternating sides of Nick and Amy gave insight to the deep psychosis of both parties, which made it merrier in the sickest sense to read. I was ready to write "Gone Girl" off after The Twist based off what I've heard from others (besides a big twist usually causes more harm than not) but the narrative held its own and kept surprising. This is really all I need from a thriller with heaps of praise. "Gone Girl" is also the perfect example of how the strength of a story can compensate for how utterly dislikeable the lead characters are. This is not one of those cases where these people are unlikeable because they are too vulnerable or too damaged; Nick and Amy are just horrible unreliable narrators with no redeeming qualities. And this all plays well into Flynn's scheme of things - hate the players with good reason but you'll find yourself in a losing battle when you try to hate on the game. I was more than a hundred pages away from finishing the novel when I saw the movie adaptation with the screenplay by Flynn herself. It's such a faithful adaptation, so faithful that I actually recognized direct lines and little details from the book. While some scenes were added or minor characters merged into stronger supporting ones, the core of "Gone Girl" is intact and I'm glad Flynn didn't think it necessary to "fix" any part of it. Why should she? "Gone Girl" is a tremendously layered novel, a literary success that has ignited a new wave of female-centric psychological thrillers. Gillian Flynn has much to be proud about.
Date published: 2014-11-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth Reading It was a good book and was a page turner. However, the characters are sooo screwed up and some of the descriptions are so odd, it really makes you think about who the heck wrote this book. Good, but not great.
Date published: 2014-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! It took me less than a week to read this book, which says a lot as I'm not a big reader. The first half of the book was a little slow, but around the middle I got hooked and couldn't put it down. There were so many unpredictable plot twists and it was hard to tell what would happen next! I'm a 20 year old guy, and surprisingly found this book very enjoyable to read, very twisted in parts but a great book in the end.
Date published: 2014-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spellbound and wondering! The writing style is excellent and immediately grabs you with its clarity and descriptiveness. I kept wondering about the two main characters; were they really for real? Then the twist begins making them, but especially Amy, increasingly believable and even frightening. A total turn of a psychopathic mind that leaves you wondering how will Amy and Nick ever survive their pretending and Amy's control. The pregnancy I found a bit of a stretch via Nick's donation but the fact that a baby is coming is scary for the child. The ending leaves you wondering what did I just read? A sequel would be great! So glad to read it before seeing the movie.
Date published: 2014-10-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing! I wasn't enjoying it after ~100 pages but kept reading to find out the ending. I wish I didn't bother. The 'plot twists' I'd read about in reviews were predictable and the ending wasn't good.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written! This book had me hooked on the first page. It is well written. The plot line is one that is not predictable. If you want a book where you can enjoy the story being revealed as read, then I recommend this book.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Plot Twists! And that's why I liked it.
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great page turner Really enjoyable page turner with some great twists. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2014-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable fast paced read I enjoyed the book, it was engaging and fast moving, looking forward to the movie.
Date published: 2014-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Twisted Thriller! Two characters, husband and wife of five years, with major flaws: whose side do you pick to cheer on? I for one am on a team but won?t reveal anything for the risk of spoiling everything. Literally, everything! Anything revealed in this book is a spoiler but kept pushing me to find out more. This book just keeps getting stickier, and messier, and dirtier through each twist and turn. Every time you put your bookmark to pause, something keeps being revealed within every scene change, up until the ending, which even I want to know what happens after that.
Date published: 2014-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book. Can't wait for the movie! I saw the trailer for the movie and instantly thought that it would be a movie worth seeing. Then I saw the book and decided to give it a read first. Unlike other readers, I did not expect the story to take the turn that it did, and was pleasantly surprised with the character development. I am even more excited to see the movie now, anxious to see how close to the book the movie will play. Definitely worth the read.
Date published: 2014-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Absolutely loved this book! Can't wait to see the movie! It's a book that has you guessing how it's gonna end!
Date published: 2014-10-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Lacklustre writing I strongly disliked the writer's style, I found it amateurish and mildly annoying. Halfway through the book I looked her up and was shocked to find that this wasn't her first novel. The beginning is slow, the "twists" are predictable, and the characters are not enjoyable. The story itself is okay, which is why I feel like the movie might actually be better than the book. I think it was the writing that ruined the telling of the story for me. Definitely not worth the hype.
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clear your weekend I finished this book in approximately 36 hours, even with a full time job, husband, and other regular 'duties' of life. You literally cannot stop reading because you must know what happens, and how it ends. Also, the way Gillian Flynn crafts her chapters and character voices, passing one off for the next at the most intense moments, keeps you turning the pages. I withheld the fifth star for a few reasons: I guessed how this story would play out. I guessed it before I cracked the cover; I guessed it when I saw a sneak peek of the movie trailer. For me, personally, that part was not difficult so although some wind came out of my sails at the revelation that I was, in fact, correct, what was so enthralling was the outrageous cleverness of the story and its protagonists; the way Gillian Flynn writes--and captures--human nature and relationships alone was something else that kept me hanging on. It is dark, yes. The characters most of the time are unlikeable, but really, how she keeps us rooting for them is mirroring how they treat each other. Definitely messes with your head but it is an absolutely sensational, fast read! Must agree though with a few others that the ending was disappointing, but not altogether unexpected.
Date published: 2014-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Disturbing and Clever. Bought this book on the suggestion of a friend. I was skeptical because I had just finished an amazing series and so I was in withdrawal. This is EXACTLY what I needed. Could not put it down, read it very quickly because I HAD to know how it all ended. Great Thriller!!! Not the book for someone looking to connect to the main characters, they are both messed up! LOL
Date published: 2014-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Masterpiece if I ever read one Wow, what an adventure that was. This author is extremely wity and knows how to tell a good story. For anyone, regardless if you enjoy mystery/crime novels, I highly recommend this one. There is so many plot twists, literally every 30 pages or so and you never see them coming. Everything you believe is real only makes you feel that much more gullible as you keep reading. A literary masterpiece in my opinion. I have yet to come across a book I have so throughly enjoyed. The people sound like people who live in your house next door. I love the seperate view-points and all the effect it adds to pulling the reader into the story with them, breathing it, living it. A great portrayal of what it is like to be in a marriage - both sides. Stable and Unstable ones. I am recommending this to all my friends.
Date published: 2014-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read. Enjoying this book very much. Just part way thru but the writing is sharp and crisp. Maybe a few too many asides in brackets but I feel as tho I'm getting to know the characters and they are becoming real people. Look forward to my reading time every evening.
Date published: 2014-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG! Forget the movie! READ THIS BOOK. I loved this author's style so much I bought her other books!
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing WTF? This is how I felt while I read the majority of this book. It took me a bit of time to get into it because of the writing style but once I did I had a difficult time putting this book down. I was even up until 2am a few times reading this book. This book is about Nick and Amy, a married couple. One day, Amy goes missing and Nick becomes the prime suspect. I do not want to give too much away but I will say there are some twists and not all is as it seems. While the book is a bit like a murder mystery it is not super high on action. It is mostly character driven. Flynn is a master of words and while it takes a bit of time to really get into her writing style, once you do you appreciate it so much. It makes you feel as if you are right there with all the characters. She also weaves different story lines together quite well. While you read one thing and it may not seem all that significant, about a hundred pages later it ends up being a pivotal part of the story. I have to say though that the ending of the book was a bit depressing. I found that I questioned whether Nick was doing the right thing or not. I don't have a lot to say because I really don't want to give too much away but I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone. Overall, I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. Excellent writing and an excellent story.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great summer read Lots of twist
Date published: 2014-07-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disturbing - but can't put it down This book got so much hype so I was really curious to see what the fuss is all about. Overall, the writing is good and it keeps you guessing until the last page. Gillian Flynn really have a way to keep you interested to the end. The story is a bit unbelievable at times, but not impossible . However, I don't like the ending, I was rooting for justice, I guess. Although I must say it is the most logical ending given the characters and storyline. It's just so sad that the story could be a reality for many. Wonder how this translate in the movie..
Date published: 2014-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping, Rivetting and Shocking This book sucks the reader into Nick and Amy?s toxic game and the suspense makes it difficult to put down. Just when you think you ?get it?, you find out that you don?t, not really. The narrative goes back and forth from Amy?s oh-so-happy diary entries to Nick?s evasiveness. But what is true and what is lies? The suspense of it all leaves one in a constant state of guessing ? right up until the bitter end... Each character has endearing and repulsive qualities to their personality and you never find yourself truly liking or hating any one character. The author has much to say about the media frenzy, the cultural messages that women are subjected to, and the biases we harbor after watching too much crime television. A haunting story that will confuse you, sadden you, sicken you, surprise you, and gravely entertain you in the process. Just when you think you've figured out where the plot is heading, you'll find yourself curiously guessing again.
Date published: 2014-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Disturbing but gripping Well worth the read, a disturbing look behind the scenes of a relationship that is "perfectly normal" until you meet the people on the inside. Couldn't put this one down, no regrets giving in to the hype and purchasing this one!
Date published: 2014-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This is the first Gillian Flynn book I have read and I was blown away. The beginning is set up like a diary and I found it a bit hard to get into however once the middle hit I could not put it down. Everyone I have recommended it to has also really enjoyed it. Definitely worth a read!
Date published: 2014-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best novel ever This is easily one of the best novels I have ever read. I read the whole thing in less than 48hours (and I have a full time job) because I could not put it down to go to sleep, I was so curious what was going to happen next. It's smartly written, and I was so impressed, I ordered two other novels by the author! I'm excited to check those out next. Definitely pick this book up!
Date published: 2014-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting but a bit unbelievable I felt for the main character, and the book was not predicable, but bordered on a bit unbelievable. The writing was good and I liked most of the characters, liked the way the story unfolded and I didn't see what was coming at all. 4 of 5 - enjoyed but not blown away, would probably buy another book by this author.
Date published: 2014-04-08

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Chapter OneNick Dunnethe day of When I think of my wife, I always think of her head. The shape ofit, to begin with. The very first time I saw her, it was the back of thehead I saw, and there was something lovely about it, the angles of it.Like a shiny, hard corn kernel or a riverbed fossil. She had what theVictorians would call finely shaped head. You could imagine theskull quite easily. I’d know her head anywhere. And what’s inside it. I think of that too: her mind. Her brain, allthose coils, and her thoughts shuttling through those coils like fast,frantic centipedes. Like a child, I picture opening her skull, unspoolingher brain and sifting through it, trying to catch and pin downher thoughts. What are you thinking, Amy? The question I’ve askedmost often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the personwho could answer. I suppose these questions stormcloud over everymarriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who areyou? What have we done to each other? What will we do? My eyes flipped open at exactly six a.m. This was no avian flutteringof the lashes, no gentle blink toward consciousness. The awakeningwas mechanical. A spooky ventriloquist- dummy click of the lids:The world is black and then, showtime! 6- 0- 0 the clock said— in myface, first thing I saw. 6- 0- 0. It felt different. I rarely woke at such arounded time. I was a man of jagged risings: 8:43, 11:51, 9:26. Mylife was alarmless. At that exact moment, 6- 0- 0, the sun climbed over the skyline ofoaks, revealing its full summer angry- god self. Its reflection flaredacross the river toward our house, a long, blaring finger aimed at methrough our frail bedroom curtains. Accusing: You have been seen.You will be seen. I wallowed in bed, which was our New York bed in our new house,which we still called the new house, even though we’d been back herefor two years. It’s a rented house right along the Mississippi River,a house that screams Suburban Nouveau Riche, the kind of placeI aspired to as a kid from my split- level, shag- carpet side of town.The kind of house that is immediately familiar: a generically grand,unchallenging, new, new, new house that my wife would— and did—detest. “Should I remove my soul before I come inside?” Her first line uponarrival. It had been a compromise: Amy demanded we rent, not buy,in my little Missouri hometown, in her firm hope that we wouldn’tbe stuck here long. But the only houses for rent were clustered inthis failed development: a miniature ghost town of bank- owned,recession- busted, price- reduced mansions, a neighborhood that closedbefore it ever opened. It was a compromise, but Amy didn’t see it thatway, not in the least. To Amy, it was a punishing whim on my part, anasty, selfish twist of the knife. I would drag her, caveman- style, to atown she had aggressively avoided, and make her live in the kind ofhouse she used to mock. I suppose it’s not a compromise if only one ofyou considers it such, but that was what our compromises tended tolook like. One of us was always angry. Amy, usually. Do not blame me for this particular grievance, Amy. The MissouriGrievance. Blame the economy, blame bad luck, blame my parents,blame your parents, blame the Internet, blame people who use theInternet. I used to be a writer. I was a writer who wrote about TVand movies and books. Back when people read things on paper, backwhen anyone cared about what I thought. I’d arrived in New York inthe late ’90s, the last gasp of the glory days, although no one knew itthen. New York was packed with writers, real writers, because therewere magazines, real magazines, loads of them. This was back whenthe Internet was still some exotic pet kept in the corner of the publishingworld— throw some kibble at it, watch it dance on its little leash,oh quite cute, it definitely won’t kill us in the night. Think about it: atime when newly graduated college kids could come to New York andget paid to write. We had no clue that we were embarking on careersthat would vanish within a decade. I had a job for eleven years and then I didn’t, it was that fast. Allaround the country, magazines began shuttering, succumbing toa sudden infection brought on by the busted economy. Writers (mykind of writers: aspiring novelists, ruminative thinkers, people whosebrains don’t work quick enough to blog or link or tweet, basically old,stubborn blowhards) were through. We were like women’s hat makersor buggy- whip manufacturers: Our time was done. Three weeks afterI got cut loose, Amy lost her job, such as it was. (Now I can feel Amylooking over my shoulder, smirking at the time I’ve spent discussingmy career, my misfortune, and dismissing her experience in one sentence.That, she would tell you, is typical. Just like Nick, she wouldsay. It was a refrain of hers: Just like Nick to . . . whatever followed,whatever was just like me, was bad.) Two jobless grown- ups, we spentweeks wandering around our Brooklyn brownstone in socks and pajamas,ignoring the future, strewing unopened mail across tables andsofas, eating ice cream at ten a.m. and taking thick afternoon naps. Then one day the phone rang. My twin sister was on the otherend. Margo had moved back home after her own New York layoffa year before— the girl is one step ahead of me in everything, evenshitty luck. Margo, calling from good ole North Carthage, Missouri,from the house where we grew up, and as I listened to her voice, Isaw her at age ten, with a dark cap of hair and overall shorts, sittingon our grandparents’ back dock, her body slouched over like an oldpillow, her skinny legs dangling in the water, watching the river fl owover fish- white feet, so intently, utterly self- possessed even as a child.Go’s voice was warm and crinkly even as she gave this cold news:Our indomitable mother was dying. Our dad was nearly gone— his(nasty) mind, his (miserable) heart, both murky as he meanderedtoward the great gray beyond. But it looked like our mother wouldbeat him there. About six months, maybe a year, she had. I could tellthat Go had gone to meet with the doctor by herself, taken her studiousnotes in her slovenly handwriting, and she was teary as she triedto decipher what she’d written. Dates and doses. “Well, fuck, I have no idea what this says, is it a nine? Does thateven make sense?” she said, and I interrupted. Here was a task, apurpose, held out on my sister’s palm like a plum. I almost cried withrelief.  “I’ll come back, Go. We’ll move back home. You shouldn’t have todo this all by yourself.” She didn’t believe me. I could hear her breathing on the other end. “I’m serious, Go. Why not? There’s nothing here.” A long exhale. “What about Amy?” That is what I didn’t take long enough to consider. I simply assumedI would bundle up my New York wife with her New York interests,her New York pride, and remove her from her New York parents—leave the frantic, thrilling futureland of Manhattan behind— andtransplant her to a little town on the river in Missouri, and all wouldbe fine. I did not yet understand how foolish, how optimistic, how, yes,just like Nick I was for thinking this. The misery it would lead to. “Amy will be fine. Amy . . .” Here was where I should have said,“Amy loves Mom.” But I couldn’t tell Go that Amy loved our mother,because after all that time, Amy still barely knew our mother. Theirfew meetings had left them both baffled. Amy would dissect the conversationsfor days after—“And what did she mean by . . . ,” as if mymother were some ancient peasant tribeswoman arriving from thetundra with an armful of raw yak meat and some buttons for bartering,trying to get something from Amy that wasn’t on offer. Amy didn’t care to know my family, didn’t want to know mybirthplace, and yet for some reason, I thought moving home wouldbe a good idea. My morning breath warmed the pillow, and I changed the subject inmy mind. Today was not a day for second- guessing or regret, it was aday for doing. Downstairs, I could hear the return of a long- lost sound:Amy making breakfast. Banging wooden cupboards (rump- thump!),rattling containers of tin and glass (ding- ring!), shuffling and sortinga collection of metal pots and iron pans (ruzz-shuzz!). A culinaryorchestra tuning up, clattering vigorously toward the finale, a cakepan drumrolling along the floor, hitting the wall with a cymballiccrash. Something impressive was being created, probably a crepe,because crepes are special, and today Amy would want to cook somethingspecial. It was our five- year anniversary. I walked barefoot to the edge of the steps and stood listening,working my toes into the plush wall- to- wall carpet Amy detested onprinciple, as I tried to decide whether I was ready to join my wife.Amy was in the kitchen, oblivious to my hesitation. She was hummingsomething melancholy and familiar. I strained to make it out— a folksong? a lullabye?—and then realized it was the theme to M*A*S*H.Suicide is painless. I went downstairs. I hovered in the doorway, watching my wife. Her yellow- butterhair was pulled up, the hank of ponytail swinging cheerful as a jumprope,and she was sucking distractedly on a burnt fingertip, hummingaround it. She hummed to herself because she was an unrivaledbotcher of lyrics. When we were first dating, a Genesis song came onthe radio: “She seems to have an invisible touch, yeah.” And Amycrooned instead, “She takes my hat and puts it on the top shelf.”When I asked her why she’d ever think her lyrics were remotely, possibly,vaguely right, she told me she always thought the woman in thesong truly loved the man because she put his hat on the top shelf. Iknew I liked her then, really liked her, this girl with an explanationfor everything. There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory andfeeling utterly cold. Amy peered at the crepe sizzling in the pan and licked somethingoff her wrist. She looked triumphant, wifely. If I took her in my arms,she would smell like berries and powdered sugar. When she spied me lurking there in grubby boxers, my hair in fullHeat Miser spike, she leaned against the kitchen counter and said,“Well, hello, handsome.” Bile and dread inched up my throat. I thought to myself: Okay, go.I was very late getting to work. My sister and I had done a foolishthing when we both moved back home. We had done what we alwaystalked about doing. We opened a bar. We borrowed money from Amyto do this, eighty thousand dollars, which was once nothing to Amybut by then was almost everything. I swore I would pay her back,with interest. I would not be a man who borrowed from his wife— Icould feel my dad twisting his lips at the very idea. Well, there are allkinds of men, his most damning phrase, the second half left unsaid,and you are the wrong kind. But truly, it was a practical decision, a smart business move. Amyand I both needed new careers; this would be mine. She would pickone someday, or not, but in the meantime, here was an income, madepossible by the last of Amy’s trust fund. Like the McMansion I rented,the bar featured symbolically in my childhood memories— a placewhere only grown- ups go, and do whatever grown- ups do. Maybethat’s why I was so insistent on buying it after being stripped of mylivelihood. It’s a reminder that I am, after all, an adult, a grown man,a useful human being, even though I lost the career that made meall these things. I won’t make that mistake again: The once plentifulherds of magazine writers would continue to be culled— by theInternet, by the recession, by the American public, who would ratherwatch TV or play video games or electronically inform friends that,like, rain sucks! But there’s no app for a bourbon buzz on a warm dayin a cool, dark bar. The world will always want a drink. Our bar is a corner bar with a haphazard, patchwork aesthetic. Itsbest feature is a massive Victorian back bar, dragon heads and angelfaces emerging from the oak— an extravagant work of wood in theseshitty plastic days. The remainder of the bar is, in fact, shitty, a showcaseof the shabbiest design offerings of every decade: an Eisenhowereralinoleum floor, the edges turned up like burnt toast; dubiouswood- paneled walls straight from a ’70s home- porn video; halogenfloor lamps, an accidental tribute to my 1990s dorm room. The ultimateeffect is strangely homey— it looks less like a bar than someone’sbenignly neglected fixer- upper. And jovial: We share a parkinglot with the local bowling alley, and when our door swings wide, theclatter of strikes applauds the customer’s entrance. We named the bar The Bar. “People will think we’re ironic insteadof creatively bankrupt,” my sister reasoned. Yes, we thought we were being clever New Yorkers— that thename was a joke no one else would really get, not get like we did.Not meta- get. We pictured the locals scrunching their noses: Why’dyou name it The Bar? But our first customer, a gray- haired woman inbifocals and a pink jogging suit, said, “I like the name. Like in Breakfastat Tiffany’s and Audrey Hepburn’s cat was named Cat.” We felt much less superior after that, which was a good thing.I pulled into the parking lot. I waited until a strike erupted fromthe bowling alley— thank you, thank you, friends— then steppedout of the car. I admired the surroundings, still not bored with thebroken- in view: the squatty blond- brick post office across the street(now closed on Saturdays), the unassuming beige office building justdown the way (now closed, period). The town wasn’t prosperous, notanymore, not by a long shot. Hell, it wasn’t even original, being oneof two Carthage, Missouris— ours is technically North Carthage,which makes it sound like a twin city, although it’s hundreds of milesfrom the other and the lesser of the two: a quaint little 1950s townthat bloated itself into a basic midsize suburb and dubbed it progress.Still, it was where my mom grew up and where she raised me and Go,so it had some history. Mine, at least. As I walked toward the bar across the concrete- and- weed parkinglot, I looked straight down the road and saw the river. That’s whatI’ve always loved about our town: We aren’t built on some safe bluffoverlooking the Mississippi— we are on the Mississippi. I could walkdown the road and step right into the sucker, an easy three- foot drop,and be on my way to Tennessee. Every building downtown bearshand- drawn lines from where the river hit during the Flood of ’61,’75,’84, ’93, ’07, ’08, ’11. And so on. The river wasn’t swollen now, but it was running urgently, in strongropy currents. Moving apace with the river was a long single- fi le lineof men, eyes aimed at their feet, shoulders tense, walking steadfastlynowhere. As I watched them, one suddenly looked up at me, his facein shadow, an oval blackness. I turned away. I felt an immediate, intense need to get inside. By the time I’d gonetwenty feet, my neck bubbled with sweat. The sun was still an angryeye in the sky. You have been seen. My gut twisted, and I moved quicker. I needed a drink.

Bookclub Guide

In order to provide reading groups with the most informed and thought-provoking questions possible, it is necessary to reveal important aspects of the plot of this novel. If you have not finished reading Gone Girl, we respectfully suggest that you wait before reviewing this guide.Gone Girl Reading Guide A Reader’s Guide for Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn   For additional features, visit www.gillian-flynn.com.   In order to provide reading groups with the most informed and thought-provoking questions possible, it is necessary to reveal important aspects of the plot of this novel. If you have not finished reading Gone Girl, we respectfully suggest that you wait before reviewing this guide.   Introduction Deceit, infidelity, suspicion . . . and that’s only the beginning. When Nick and Amy fall in love, they are the confident, handsome man and the beautiful, privileged young woman embracing in front of their Brooklyn Heights brownstone and sharing a laugh at the expense of less blissful couples. Eventually, their picture-perfect union falters: Amy grows weary of the “cool girl” image she’s portrayed; Nick gives rein to old impulses and easy lies. As with many marriages, friction works its way into everyday exchanges, and the glow of the honeymoon fades. But with Amy and Nick, that fracture takes a much darker turn.   In a story full of surprising twists, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl tracks the course of a marriage gone spectacularly wrong. For the protagonists, it’s a psychological battle with everything at stake; for the reader, an excavation of human failings and incredible depths of betrayal . . . and a mystery whose resolution is every bit as troubling as its beginning.   Questions and Topics for Discussion 1. Do you like Nick or Amy? Did you find yourself picking a side? Do you think the author intends for us to like them? Why or why not?   2. Does the author intend for us to think of Nick or Amy as the stronger writer? Do you perceive one or the other as a stronger writer, based on their narration/journal entries? Why?   3. Do you think Amy and Nick both believe in their marriage at the outset?   4. Nick, ever conscious of the way he is being perceived, reflects on the images that people choose to portray in the world—constructed, sometimes plagiarized roles that we present as our personalities. Discuss the ways in which the characters—and their opinions of each other—are influenced by our culture’s avid consumption of TV shows, movies, and websites, and our need to fit each other into these roles.   5. Discuss Amy’s false diary, both as a narrative strategy by the author and as a device used by the character. How does the author use it to best effect? How does Amy use it?    6. What do you make of Nick’s seeming paranoia on the day of his fifth anniversary, when he wakes with a start and reports feeling, You have been seen?   7. As experienced consumers of true crime and tragedy, modern “audiences” tend to expect each crime to fit a specific mold: a story, a villain, a heroine. How does this phenomenon influence the way we judge news stories? Does it have an impact on the criminal justice system? Consider the example of the North Carthage police, and also Tanner Bolt’s ongoing advice to Nick.   8. What is Go’s role in the book? Why do you think the author wrote her as Nick’s twin? Is she a likable character?   9. Discuss Amy’s description of the enduring myth of the “cool girl”—and her conviction that a male counterpart (seemingly flawless to women) does not exist. Do you agree? Why does she assume the role if she seems to despise it? What benefit do you think she derives from the act?   10. Is there some truth to Amy’s description of the “dancing monkeys”—her friends’ hapless partners who are forced to make sacrifices and perform “sweet” gestures to prove their love? How is this a counterpoint to the “cool girl”?   11. What do you think of Marybeth and Rand Elliott? Is the image they present sincere? What do you think they believe about Amy?    12. How does the book deal with the divide between perception and reality, or between public image and private lives? Which characters are most skillful at navigating this divide, and how?   13. How does the book capture the feel of the recession—the ending of jobs and contraction of whole industries; economic and geographical shifts; real estate losses and abandoned communities. Are some of Nick and Amy’s struggles emblematic of the time period? Are there any parts of the story that feel unique to this time period?   14. While in hiding, Amy begins to explore what the “real” Amy likes and dislikes. Do you think this is a true exploration of her feelings, or is she acting out yet another role? In these passages, what does she mean when she refers to herself as “I” in quotes?   15. What do you think of Amy’s quizzes—and “correct” answers—that appear throughout the book? As a consistent thread between her Amazing Amy childhood and her adult career, what does her quiz-writing style reveal about Amy’s true personality and her understanding of the world?   16. Do Nick and Amy have friends? Consider Nick’s assurance that Noelle was deluded in her claims of friendship with Amy, and also the friends described in Amy’s journal. How “real” are these friendships? What do you think friendship means to each of them?   17. What was the relationship between Amy and Nick’s father? Do you think the reader is meant to imagine conversations between the two of them? Why does Nick’s father come to Nick and Amy’s home?   18. Amy publicly denounces the local police and criticizes their investigation. Do you think they did a good job of investigating her disappearance? Were there real missteps, or was their failing due to Amy’s machinations?   19. Do you believe Amy truly would have committed suicide? Why does she return?   20. Were you satisfied with the book’s ending? What do you think the future holds for Nick, Amy, and their baby boy?

Editorial Reviews

“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.” —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 “How did things get so bad? That’s the reason to read this book. Gillian Flynn — whose award-winning Dark Places and Sharp Objects also shone a dark light on weird and creepy, not to mention uber dysfunctional characters — delves this time into what happens when two people marry and one spouse has no idea who their beloved really is.” —USA Today, Carol Memmott“It’s simply fantastic: terrifying, darkly funny and at times moving. The minute I finished it I wanted to start it all over again. Admirers of Gillian Flynn’s previous books, Sharp Objects and Dark Places, will be ecstatic over Gone Girl, her most intricately twisted and deliciously sinister story, dangerous for any reader who prefers to savor a novel as opposed to consuming it whole in one sitting….” —Associated Press, Michelle Weiner“Gillian Flynn’s third novel is both breakneck-paced thriller and masterful dissection of marital breakdown… Wickedly plotted and surprisingly thoughtful, this is a terrifically good read.” —Boston Globe“That adage of no one knows what goes on behind closed doors moves the plot of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn's suspenseful psychological thriller… Flynn's unpredictable plot of Gone Girl careens down an emotional highway where this couple dissects their marriage with sharp acumen… Flynn has shown her skills at gripping tales and enhanced character studies since her debut Sharp Objects, which garnered an Edgar nod, among other nominations. Her second novel Dark Places made numerous best of lists. Gone Girl reaffirms her talent.”  —South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Oline Cogdill“A great crime novel, however, is an unstable thing, entertainment and literature suspended in some undetermined solution. Take Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, the third novel by one of a trio of contemporary women writers (the others are Kate Atkinson and Tana French) who are kicking the genre into a higher gear… You couldn’t say that this is a crime novel that’s ultimately about a marriage, which would make it a literary novel in disguise. The crime and the marriage are inseparable. As Gone Girl works itself up into an aria of ingenious, pitch-black comedy (or comedic horror — it’s a bit of both), its very outlandishness teases out a truth about all magnificent partnerships: Sometimes it’s your enemy who brings out the best in you, and in such cases, you want to keep him close.” —Salon “Ms. Flynn writes dark suspense novels that anatomize violence without splashing barrels of blood around the pages… But as in her other books, Ms. Flynn has much more up her sleeve than a simple missing-person case. As Nick and Amy's alternately tell their stories, marriage has never looked so menacing, narrators so unreliable.”  —Wall Street Journal“A portrait of a marriage so hilariously terrifying, it will make you have a good hard think about who the person on the other side of the bed really is. This novel is so bogglingly twisty, we can only give you the initial premise: on their fifth anniversary, Nick Dunne’s beloved wife Amy disappears, and all signs point to very foul play indeed. Nick has to clear his name before the police finger him for Amy’s murder.” —Time“Readers who prefer more virulent strains of unreality will appreciate the sneaky mind games of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, a thriller rooted in the portrait of a tricky and troubled marriage.” —New York Times“[Flynn has] quite outdone herself with a tale of marital strife so deliciously devious that it moves the finish line on The War of the Roses… A novel studded with disclosures and guided by purposeful misdirection… Flynn delivers a wickedly clever cultural commentary as well as a complex and driven mystery… What fun this novel is.” —New York Daily News  “Flynn’s brilliantly constructed and consistently absorbing third novel begins on the Dunnes’ fifth wedding anniversary… The novel, which twists itself into new shapes, works as a page-turning thriller, but it’s also a study of marriage at its most destructive.” —Columbus Dispatch “Gillian Flynn's barbed and brilliant Gone Girl has two deceitful, disturbing, irresistible narrators and a plot that twists so many times you'll be dizzy. This "catastrophically romantic" story about Nick and Amy is a "fairy tale reverse transformation" that reminded me of Patricia Highsmith in its psychological suspense and Kate Atkinson in its insanely clever plotting.” —Minneapolis Star-Tribune “For a creepy, suspenseful mystery, Ms. Pearl suggested Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, a novel due out this week. "You will not be able to figure out the end at all. I could not sleep the night after I read it. It's really good," Ms. [Nancy] Pearl said. "It's about the way we deceive ourselves and deceive others."” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette“Gillian Flynn's new novel, Gone Girl, is that rare thing: a book that thrills and delights while holding up a mirror to how we live… Through her two ultimately unreliable narrators, Flynn masterfully weaves the slow trickle of critical details with 90-degree plot turns… Timely, poignant and emotionally rich, Gone Girl will peel away your comfort levels even as you root for its protagonists—despite your best intuition.” —San Francisco Chronicle “Flynn’s third noir thriller recently launched to even more acclaim than the first two novels, polishing her reputation for pushing crime fiction to a new literary level and as a craftsman of deliciously twisting and twisted plots.” —Kansas City Star “I picked up Gone Girl because the novel is set along the Mississippi River in Missouri and the plot sounded intriguing. I put it down two days later, bleary-eyed and oh-so-satisfied after reading a story that left me surprised, disgusted, and riveted by its twists and turns… A good story presents a reader with a problem that has to be resolved and a few surprises along the way. A great story gives a reader a problem and leads you along a path, then dumps you off a cliff and into a jungle of plot twists, character revelations and back stories that you could not have imagined. Gone Girl does just that.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch“To call Gillian Flynn's new novel almost review-proof isn't a put-down, it's a fact. That's because to give away the turn-of-the-screw in this chilling portrait of a marriage gone wrong would be a crime. I can say that Gone Girl is an ingenious whodunit for both the Facebook generation and old-school mystery buffs. Whoever you are, it will linger, like fingerprints on a gun… Flynn's characters bloom and grow, like beautiful, poisonous plants. She is a Gothic storyteller for the Internet age.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer“The setup of Gone Girl lulls readers with what appears to be a done-too-often plot, but, oh, how misleading that is. This thriller is told in alternating voices, a risky form of narrative that works masterfully here because the characters are so distinct and convincing…. The first half of the story leads readers on a merry chase and gives the term "red herring" new meaning. The second half takes readers on a calculated descent into madness. The ending…is one of the most chilling we've seen in recent years.” —The Sacramento Bee, Allen Pierleoni“If you do have room in your summer reading for new mysteries, pack Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. It's my pick for one of the summer's best.” —Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel“In this fast-paced thriller, Flynn tracks the disintegration of a marriage and asks: How does a couple go from uttering passionate vows to living separate lives?” —All You“Gillian Flynn’s terrific psychological thriller, Gone Girl, wanders into an alternate criminality, to the darkest corners of mind and matrimony, using Occam’s razor to slit its own throat… Aside from the plot’s high entertainment value, Flynn has buttressed her book with humor and great writing.” —The Daily Beast“Gone Girl is a dark, satisfying, psychological thriller… Gone Girl is at times brilliant, compelling, surprising, diabolical, and it’s definitely dark and twisted… It ranks as one of the best books I’ve read in the past year…I’d highly recommend it if you’re a fan of psychological thrillers or just plain great fiction.” —Examiner.com“Pick up the sharp, mercilessly entertaining psychological thriller Gone Girl, written by Gillian Flynn as though with a razor, giggling all the while.” —Vanity Fair“Gone Girl [is] a thriller with an insane twist and an insidiously realistic take on marriage.” —New York magazine “A twisting, turning, zooming-up-the-charts thriller.” —Real Simple, announcing their book club pick “An unnerving, gorgeously written marital thriller that features one of the most compelling narrators in recent memory… Anyway, go read Gone Girl. It's quite good.” —The Atlantic Wire “Buy Gone Girl and don't settle down for a long winter's nap or any kind of nap. I read it in two days, nonstop, useless for anything but my own incredible pleasure.” —Liz Smith, New York Social Diary “Gillian Flynn’s killer thriller is unputdownable, and just when you think you know where she’s going, she’s gone.” —DailyCandy.com “A satisfyingly scathing take on a marriage so broken even the truth is built on lies.” —Family Circle “If, instead, you're a fan of gripping, well-crafted tales about complex relationships, try Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.” —AARP.org “After a chilling, bombshell twist, you won’t know which clues to trust nor whom to believe.” —Woman’s Day Flynn’s ability to reach further and further into the deep, dark recesses of the human psyche brings a much greater edge and feeling of suspense to this novel. Gone Girl is a fast-paced, always surprising page-turner of a book…Gone Girl is a superbly crafted novel by a talented and daring young writer and it will keep you guessing until the very last sentence.” —Cincinnati City Beat, John Kelly “A highly original thriller that’s also a razor-sharp depiction of a relationship gone off the rails.” —Parade  “Masterfully plotted.” —Vogue.com “Dark yet funny with a devious twist, this is everything that made Flynn’s Sharp Objects a bestseller—but better.” —Redbook  “The story unfolds in precise and riveting prose…even while you know you're being manipulated, searching for the missing pieces is half the thrill of this wickedly absorbing tale.” —Oprah.com“Full of midnight-black wit and gorgeous writing…About halfway through the book, something happens…That’s the moment you should check the clock and firmly put the book down if you have to rise early the next day. Because trust me, if you keep reading, you won’t stop till you finish it.” —Dallas Morning News, Joy Tipping“Gillian Flynn's third mystery is burned-coffee black and flavored with cyanide. (As far as I'm concerned, those are compliments of the highest order.)…Flynn is a master manipulator, deftly fielding multiple unreliable narrators, sardonic humor, and social satire in a story of a marriage gone wrong that makes black comedies like “The War of the Roses” and “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf” look like scenes from a honeymoon. Veteran mystery readers may see as far as the opening of the second act, but Flynn has more surprises in store on her way to the sucker-punch of an ending. It is, in a word, amazing.” —Christian Science Monitor, Yvonne Zipp“A perfect wife’s disappearance plunges her husband into a nightmare as it rips open ugly secrets about his marriage and, just maybe, his culpability in her death… One of those rare thrillers whose revelations actually intensify its suspense instead of dissipating it. The final pages are chilling.” —Kirkus (starred review)“[W]hat looks like a straightforward case of a husband killing his wife to free himself from a bad marriage morphs into something entirely different in Flynn’s hands. As evidenced by her previous work (Sharp Objects, 2006, and Dark Places, 2009), she possesses a disturbing worldview, one considerably amped up by her twisted sense of humor. Both a compelling thriller and a searing portrait of marriage, this could well be Flynn’s breakout novel. It contains so many twists and turns that the outcome is impossible to predict.” —Booklist (starred review)"Flynn cements her place among that elite group of mystery/thriller writers who unfailingly deliver the goods...Once again Flynn has written an intelligent, gripping tour de force, mixing a riveting plot and psychological intrigue with a compelling prose style that unobtrusively yet forcefully carries the reader from page to page." —Library Journal (starred review)"Flynn masterfully lets this tale of a marriage gone toxically wrong gradually emerge through alternating accounts by Nick and Amy, both unreliable narrators in their own ways. The reader comes to discover their layers of deceit through a process similar to that at work in the imploding relationship. Compulsively readable, creepily unforgettable, this is a must read for any fan of bad girls and good writing." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)“Gone Girl is one of the best ­and most frightening ­portraits of psychopathy I've ever read. Nick and Amy manipulate each other ­with savage, merciless and often darkly witty dexterity. This is a wonderful and terrifying book about how the happy surface normality and the underlying darkness can become too closely interwoven to separate.” —Tana French, New York Times bestselling author of Faithful Place and Into the Woods “The plot has it all. I have no doubt that in a year’s time I’m going to be saying that this is my favorite novel of 2012. Brilliant.” —Kate Atkinson, New York Times bestselling author of Started Early, Took My Dog and Case Histories “Gone Girl builds on the extraordinary achievements of Gillian Flynn's first two books and delivers the reader into the claustrophobic world of a failing marriage. We all know the story, right? Beautiful wife disappears; husband doesn't seem as distraught as he should be under the circumstances. But Flynn takes this sturdy trope of the 24-hour news cycle and turns it inside out, providing a devastating portrait of a marriage and a timely, cautionary tale about an age in which everyone's dreams seem to be imploding.” —Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of The Most Dangerous Thing and I’d Know You Anywhere “Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is like Scenes from a Marriage remade by Alfred Hitchcock, an elaborate trap that’s always surprising and full of characters who are entirely recognizable. It’s a love story wrapped in a mystery that asks the eternal question of all good relationships gone bad: How did we get from there to here?” —Adam Ross, New York Times bestselling author of Mr. Peanut “Just this minute I finished a week of feeling betrayed, misled, manipulated, provoked, and misjudged, not to mention having all my expectations confounded.  Considering how compulsively I kept coming back for more, I am seriously thinking of going back to page one and doing it all again.” —Arthur Phillips, author of The Tragedy of Arthur “I cannot say this urgently enough: you have to read Gone Girl. It’s as if Gillian Flynn has mixed us a martini using battery acid instead of vermouth and somehow managed to make it taste really, really good. Gone Girl is delicious and intoxicating and delightfully poisonous. It’s smart (brilliant, actually). It’s funny (in the darkest possible way). The writing is jarringly good, and the story is, well...amazing.  Read the book and you'll discover—among many other treasures—just how much freight (and fright) that last adjective can bear.” —Scott Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Ruins and A Simple Plan “Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl reminds me of Patricia Highsmith at the top of her game. With Gone Girl, she’s placed herself at the top of the short list of authors who have mastered the art of crafting a tense story with terrifyingly believable characters.” —Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of Fallen"Gone Girl manages to be so many stellar things all at once—suspenseful, inventive, chilling, funny, unsettling—as well as beautifully plotted and fiercely well-written. Gillian Flynn is a thrilling writer.” —Kate Christensen, author of The Great Man  “Reminds suspense readers of the old Alfred Hitchcock stories...This is one puzzle you do not want to miss.” —Amy Lignor, Suspense Magazine“Absorbing thriller…In masterly fashion, Flynn depicts the unraveling of a marriage – and of a recession-hit Midwest – by interweaving the wife’s diary entries with the husband’s first person account.” —New Yorker “A psychological thriller reminiscent of Hitchcock.” —Aspen Daily News “Devilishly clever he said/she said thriller.” —AJC.com, Atlanta Journal Constitution “Flynn’s sly and rippingly suspenseful novel, Gone Girl, is one of those novels it’s hard not to try and shanghai other people into reading, as in immediately. Flynn (Sharp Objects, Dark Places) lays down a vivid and plainspoken narrative that can read like the most jet-fueled of airport thrillers but is still bejeweled with sparkling asides and dead-on commentary. Her writing is, as needed, funny, perceptive, headslappingly honest, or sometimes an amalgam of the three. That this all happens in a book whose plot seems at first ripped from a Dateline NBC true crime is all the more impressive.” —PopMatters.com“A riveting novel, a Midwestern noir with completely unreliable narrators.” —Knoxville Metro Plus“Part thriller, part macabre love story…The book is told deliciously…The twists and turns are never obvious.” —New York Post“Dark yet funny with a devious twist, this is everything that made Flynn’s Sharp Objects a bestseller—but better.” —RedbookThe summer thriller is filled with enough suspense and twists to keep any beach reader happy, but it is also a book about writing. The main characters are avid readers, and they write letters, articles, journals, kid’s books and memoirs. The novel references other books, little Easter eggs nestled in the plot.” —MediaBistro“A fiendishly clever tale of a marriage gone toxic, and revenge exacted to a disturbingly lethal degree.” —BookPage“Flynn keeps us guessing with equal parts charm and menace. An addictive read.” —More magazine, Alice LaPlante“After a chilling, bombshell twist, you won’t know which clues to trust nor whom to believe. Told from two perspectives, Gone Girl forces you to ask yourself, what would you do and who dunnit?” —Woman’s DayFlynn’s ability to reach further and further into the deep, dark recesses of the human psyche brings a much greater edge and feeling of suspense to this novel. Gone Girl is a fast-paced, always surprising page-turner of a book. It’s not only a murder mystery, but a commentary on the disappearance in the last decade of nearly everything we hold near and dear, from jobs to our parents’ health and welfare to the landscape of our cities and towns…Beginning with Amy’s sudden disappearance, to the local police department’s slipshod investigation and the media’s obsessive coverage, Gone Girl is a thrilling roller coaster of a ride with enough twists and turns to give the reader whiplash…Flynn deserves credit for creating not just an exciting murder mystery, but also forcing us to look at the lies we tell ourselves.  Gone Girl is a superbly crafted novel by a talented and daring young writer and it will keep you guessing until the very last sentence.” —Cincinnati City Beat“Gone Girl is a superbly constructed, ingeniously paced and absolutely terrifying.  You begin by thinking that all marriages are a bit like this: they start with high hopes and get bogged down in nagging and money worries.  But then the psycho-drama creeps up on you with chilling power.  A five-star suspense mystery.” —A.N. Wilson, Reader’s Digest (UK)“Gone Girl is as skillfully creepy as her previous work… A chilling, stylish read about another unknowable woman.” —Elle (UK)“The married duo in Gillian Flynn’s superb third novel takes the idea of unreliable narrators to a whole new level. When Nick Dunne’s lovely wife Amy is violently abducted on their fifth wedding anniversary, the police and the press immediately put Nick in the frame for her murder.  Amy’s friends testify that she was afraid of her husband, and the missing woman’s diary backs up their impressions.  Nick’s computer is full of inexplicable searches, his mobile phone is plagued by mysterious calls and his own inner monologue offers a darker perspective on amazing Amy and the state of their turbulent marriage.  Flynn keeps the accelerator firmly to the floor, ratcheting up the tension with wildly unexpected plot twists, contradictory stories and the tantalizing feeling that nothing is as it seems.  Deviously good.” —Marie Claire (UK)