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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
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Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

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The nasty, riveting, bestselling phenomenon that made Gillian Flynn the reigning queen of thrillers.

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    Psychological

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    Famous author

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Unreliable

    Unreliable narrator

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Creepy

    Creepy

Synopsis

Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. 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?

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.

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  • Lake Forest Park, WA

    Read this aloud with my boo and we ❤️❤️❤️ it. So much fun to discuss the twists and turns and the unreliable narrator?!?!? We immediately watched the movie together and howled! Super fan for life.

  • Fort Branch, IN

    The plot was strong, as were the characters. I experienced all that I long to feel as I read the novel. My only complaint is that the ending is waaaaaay too prolonged. I’ll read it again, though.

  • Helena, MT

    Perhaps my favorite thriller of all time! I compare every thriller I read to this book (ft. one of the only plot twists to completely blindside me). Everything is perfect: story, characters, & ending!

  • Madison Heights, MI

    This is my favorite thriller book of all time! I was genuinely stunned at the twist that happened in the book and was left up late at night devouring this book. This one really stuck with me! 5-⭐️

  • Los Angeles, CA

    one of my favorite books of all time. i wish i could experience it for the first time again. this truly spoke to me in my 20s when i felt like the cool girl trope was being force fed as the way to be.

  • Lansing, MI

    If I could click the Love button for this book 1000 times, I would!! So good! I kind of wanted the ending to be a smidge different...but I still loved it! Crazy twists & turns all the way to the end!

  • San Luis Obispo , CA

    This is one of my favorite books. Probably the last book I read that I was fully immersed in the story. The ending is torture, many hate it, but i love it. This was a page turner for me, I love it.

  • San Diego, CA

    I loved the movie when it was released - but I have to say, the book is far better. I was addicted to the style and flow as soon as I picked up the book. Finished it within a day. 100% recommend!

  • Caldwell, OH

    Excellent read. I couldn't wait to finish! I put off doing my laundry for a couple days and anything else that required not being able to finish as soon as possible. Love this book and author!

  • Tea, SD

    This book had me on the edge of my seat! I have to admit that I did see the movie before the book. But I always read and watch to compare and I love the book more than I love the movie. So good!

  • Mount pleasant , AR

    Gone Girl for many of reasons is one of my favorite thrillers up to date. Tore through it in four days with the only regret being that I wouldn't be able to read it for the first time ever again!

  • Waxahachie , TX

    I’m a complete sucker for a revenge story, especially the scorned woman type. Add in the controversial, messy ending and I know I’ll never forget this one. It definitely lives up to the hype.

  • Spiro, OK

    My sister who's name coincidentally, is Amy, both her and I love this book, we have both have read Gone Girl, and now ordering it again to read it all over again! Absolutely love Gillian Flynn!!

  • Las Vegas , NV

    I love all of Flynn’s books. Each one is more dark and twisty than the last; Gone Girl is the perfect combination of, “What’s going to happen next?” And, “Oh my god! How messed up!”

  • Baltimore, MD

    I love all of Flynn's books. I actually saw the movie which led me to the books. An amazing take of revenge and the lengths a woman scorned will go. I love how it's told from both perspectives.

  • Harrisonville, MO

    I was pleasantly surprised with this book. It kept me guessing until the very end, gave me a little bit of anxiety, and had me flipping between favorite characters the entire time. Great read.

  • Cropwell, AL

    I had been putting this one off and once I picked it up, it was very hard to put down. The twists and turns of this one were awesome. Amy and Nick are quite a pair... wish there were a sequel!

  • San Diego, CA

    This is one of my favorite thrillers and read this book cover to cover in a day. I enjoyed how fast paced the plot was and how Gillian was able to keep you engaged throughout the entire book.

  • Tujunga, CA

    Gillian Flynn is an absolute master at the art of the female psychopath. The reader's (and the character's) heads are turned without even realizing it and reality is taken to another level.

  • Midland, TX

    This book makes you wonder how much of a psychopath everyone has in them buried away. The way the author describes these two characters toxic relationship is something people can relate to.

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