Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read
Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.
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 from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from 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?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet? With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This devilish thriller about a husband who comes under suspicion after his wife vanishes brought goosebumps to millions. Ben Affleck stars in David Fincher's movie adaptation, for which author Gillian Flynn wrote a new ending.
There s the evil you can see coming and then there s Amy Elliott. Superficially, this privileged Gotham golden girl, inspiration for her psychologist-parents bestselling series of children s books, couldn t be further from the disturbingly damaged women of Edgar-finalist Flynn s first two books, Sharp Objects and Dark Places. But as Amy s husband, Nick Dunne, starts to realize after she disappears from their rented mansion in his Missouri hometown on their fifth anniversary and he becomes the prime suspect in her presumed murder underestimating Amy s sick genius and twisted gamesmanship could prove fatal. Then again, charmer Nick may not be quite the corn-fed innocent he initially appears. 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.
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Nobody writes psychopathology better than Gillian Flynn. She has the unique ability to write characters that are truly dislikable in many ways, yet we root for their success while at the same hoping they get their comeuppance.
This is the story of a married couple who seem perfect. The wife goes missing and we learn about betrayals, lies, and maybe even murder.
really disliked this book
I love twists and turns, but I did not think they were enough to redeem this book. There is not one character that I liked or cared about. I kept reading it because there were so many positive reviews, but I do not get why anyone would like this book. The ending was not very satisfying. I vote for murder suicide at the end, so the world would no longer be inflicted with these people.
This is Gillian Flynn's best work so far! I couldn't put it down.