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‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn: A (93%) – Aggregate Book Review

‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn

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Excellent (93%)
Summary of the Reviews:
Few reviewers had anything bad to say about this book where (maybe) a wife disappears and her husband could be to blame. Or maybe not. Apparently it creeps you out and keeps you guessing until the end, and is very well-written in the process.
ISBN: 978-0307588364, Pages: 432
Fiction | Mystery/Thriller | Marriage
THE BOOK JACKET:

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.

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THE REVIEWS:

 

Janet Maslin – New York Times
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“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.

Alison Flood – The Observer
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She wields her unreliable narrators – and just who are they? – to stunning effect, baffling, disturbing and delighting in turn, practically guaranteeing an immediate reread once her terrifying, wonderful conclusion is reached.

John O’Connell – The Guardian
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These voices are wonderfully authentic, to the point where the reader becomes a gawker at the full-spectrum of marital dysfunction. Excellent.

Carol Memmott – USA Today
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What you’ll find within their sides of the story will astound readers who will roll over, look at their mate and wonder “Who are you, really?”

Margaret Quamme – The Columbus Dispatch
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At times, particularly toward the end, the plot gets away from Flynn and heads into territory that strains credulity, but she never loses control of her characters.

Sherryl Connelly – NY Daily News
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What fun this novel is.

Sarah Weinman – MacLeans.ca
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Gone Girl is a bravura performance that captures the throbbing, visceral pulse of what happens when love erodes into something more malevolent and careens straight into a mutually shared hell.

Maggie Galehouse – Houston Chronicle
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Readers may enjoy Flynn’s fiendish imagination, but they may also want someone to root for.

Amanda St. Amand – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.