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  • ISBN: 9780307588364
  • ISBN10: 030758836X

Gone Girl : A Novel

by Flynn, Gillian

  • List Price: $25.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publish date: 06/05/2012
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"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 "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 "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 " 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) From the Hardcover edition.
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