Gone Girl (Paperback)
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Gone Girl (Paperback)

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Paperback 528 Pages
Published: 03/01/2013
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Waterstones Says

Artfully employing misdirection, unreliable narrators and jaw-dropping twists, Flynn’s third novel is a bravura white-knuckle ride into the heart of millennial darkness.   

Perhaps the most effective deployment of the ‘unreliable narrator’ in modern publishing, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is a true global phenomenon.

Alternating between the present-day narrative of husband Nick Dunne and the past diary entries of his wife Amy, we learn their previously perfect marriage has come undone following a move from New York to semi-rural Missouri. Amy inexplicably disappears without trace, apparently pregnant; Nick, whose emotions seem to betray little outward signs of grief or worry, is the prime suspect. However, is all that we read the truth? Is Amy genuinely missing, and, if not, what could be her possible motive?

With razor-like precision, Gillian Flynn’s third novel allows a window into the lives and minds of two complex protagonists but still leaves the reader often guessing the reality of the situation; constantly, the plot flip-flops the reader’s suspicion and sympathy, gradually revealing more about its leads and more about the darkness that consumes them both. Launching a vast fleet of lookalike novels, Gone Girl remains the jewel in the crown and one of the true essential novels of the decade.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9780753827666
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 369 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 38 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Flynn, an extraordinarily good writer, plays her readers with the finesse and delicacy of an expert angler. She wields her unreliable narrators to stunning effect, baffling, disturbing and delighting in turn, practically guaranteeing an immediate reread once her terrifying, wonderful conclusion is reached... an early contender for thriller of the year, and an absolute must-read. - Alison Flood, THE OBSERVER

These voices are wonderfully authentic, to the point where the reader becomes a gawker at the full-spectrum of marital dysfunction. Excellent. - John O'Connor, THE GUARDIAN

Gone Girl is superbly constructed, ingeniously paced and absolutely terrifying... a Five-star suspense mystery. - AN Wilson, READERS' DIGEST

in this riveting noirish thriller and intense dissection of a marriage, nothing is as it seems. - WOMAN AND HOME

Flynn keeps the accelerator firmly to the floor, ratcheting up the tension with wildly unexpected plot twists, contradictory stories and the tantalising feeling that nothing is as it seems. Deviously good. - MARIE CLAIRE

Read it and stay single. - FINANCIAL TIMES

funny, cunning thriller... the tale takes some stomach-churning turns, right to its chilling conclusion - PSYCHOLOGIES

A chilling, stylish read about another unknowable woman - ELLE

Flynn has created a gripping tale and a page-turner. - LITERARY REVIEW

Immensely dark and deeply intelligent, Gone Girl is a book about how well one person can truly know another - METRO

Flynn is a brilliantly accomplished psychological crime writer and this latest book is so dark, so twisted and so utterly compelling that it actually messes with your mind - Carla McKay, DAILY MAIL

You think you're reading a good, conventional thriller and then it grows into a fascinating portrait of one averagely mismatched relationship...Nothing's as it seems - Flynn is a fabulous plotter, and a very sharp observer of modern life in the aftermath of the credit crunch - Kate Saunders, THE TIMES

Flynn's portrait of a woman trying to please an impossible husband is subtly drawn, but there are hints that all is not as it seems. One version of events hides another in a novel that cleverly manipulates the reader - Joan Smith, SUNDAY TIMES

definitely a contender for thriller of the year... Flynn is, without a doubt, at the front of the pack of American thriller writers. - Doug Johnstone, THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

In what is so much more than a straightforward crime novel (with a mid-story twist so shocking you'll drop the book), Flynn unpicks the minutiae of the couple's personalities and relationship - EASY LIVING

A chilling tale of a hip, New York couple's failing marriage: smart, suspenseful and brilliantly written, Gone Girl is a class act - THE INDEPENDENT

a terrifically intelligent thriller with a gasp-inducing twist - GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

she skillfully manages to sustain tension and uncertainty to the end, as well as presenting a beautiful portrait of marriage disintegration - Marcel Berlins, THE TIMES

This is Flynn's third novel and she's more than found her voice, creating taut, thrilling, deeply intense narratives about characters very much on the edge - Henry Sutton, DAILY MIRROR

a near-masterpiece. Flynn is an extraordinary writer who, with every sentence, makes words do things that other writers merely dream of" - Sophie Hannah, SUNDAY EXPRESS

Ms Flynn's latest novel of psychological suspense will confound anyone trying to keep up with her quicksilver mind and diabolical rules of play - INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE

Just about everyone I meet, and everyone on Twitter, is telling me it's brilliant, so I can't wait to see what the fuss is all about. - S.J Watson, SUNDAY EXPRESS

Gripping thriller: Nick's wife, Amy, is missing and he's a suspect. The story is told by Nick, then Amy, but who's telling the truth? - ESSENTIALS

A brilliant switchback ride, you'll beg others to read it so you can discuss it with them - John Williams, IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY

Gone Girl confirms that Gillian Flynn is the smartest new crime writer for years. - John Williams, MAIL ON SUNDAY

Toxic marriage simmers in this thriller with a gasp-inducing twist. - GRAZIA

The set-up is simple: girl goes missing, husband looks increasingly suspect. But there's much more going on beneath the surface of this fiendishly clever thriller" - VOGUE

Single-handedly defines a genre of Media Gothic - Brooke Magnanti, TATLER

Exhilarating and creepy, it has sent me rushing off to her other novels. - Tracey Thorn, NEW STATESMAN

a brilliant, darkly comic tale - Laura Wilson, THE GUARDIAN

One of the most popular thrillers of the year is also one of the smartest... Flynn's book cleverly outpaces its neo-noir trappings and consistently surprises the reader. - FINANCIAL TIMES

A completely gripping account of a dysfunctional (is there any other sort?) marriage. - Rachel Johnson, METRO

Read Gone Girl: The Thriller of 2012... Flynn relentlessly plays with her reader, dangling hints and hushing up truths through two narrators who become more and more unreliable as the plot unravels. - Jessica Whiteley, STYLIST

A stunning psychological thriller to send a chill through the heart of every married couple... Read it now, it is that good. - Geoffrey Wansell, DAILY MAIL

An utterly gripping thriller - EMERALD STREET

Gone Girl should be the big poolside read this year. Fresh out om paperback, it's a page-turning abduction mystery with an awful lot of twists. - MAIL ON SUNDAY

A tautly written thriller about the unravelling of a marriage that is deservedly topping the bestseller charts. - THE OBSERVER

The story of a husband searching for his vanished wife has everything - psychological acuity, humour, an unflagging pace and more twists than you could hope for in your most serpentine dreams...a sumptuous, satisfying read. - STYLIST

The story-telling is incredibly compelling, with the cunning opening mystery soon turning down unpredictable routes, while the characters are superbly believable. No wonder it's the book that everyone seems to be reading. - Boyd Hilton, HEAT MAGAZINE

If you haven't yet caught up with this word-of-mouth bestseller - about a woman's mysterious disappearance and the secrets she and her husband are keeping - get hold of it soon. It really does live up to the hype. - WOMAN MAGAZINE

I'm currently reading Gone Girl, a brilliant novel about how we never quite know the people we fall in love with. It's one of those novels that you discuss endlessly with your closest friends. - Sharleen Spiteri, lead singer in Texas

This thriller is the must-read of the year. - THE SUN

(GONE GIRL) turned the rules of your average psychological thriller inside-out...it's breathtaking - THE TIMES

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“Great read”

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