Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

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Book Summary

After a woman disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage. Her husband is desperate to clear himself of suspicion and soon discovers that the truth about what happened is even more disturbing than murder.

Awards and Recognition

12 weeks on NPR Paperback Fiction Bestseller List

85 weeks on NPR Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List

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Best Books Of 2012

In 2012's Best Mysteries, Mean Girls Rule

It's the highest compliment I can pay to Gillian Flynn to say that she must have mind-melded with that Medusa of Snaking Storylines Patricia Highsmith to write Gone Girl. It is, simply put, the thriller of the year. Never once can readers rest easy while making their way through Flynn's maze of double crossings, multiple testimonies, masquerades and red herrings. By its final chapter, this macabre tale effectively disables readers' moral GPS systems: Sin turns into virtue, and the

Critics' Lists: Summer 2012

Want A Winner? These Books Made The Critics' Cut

The second crime novel on Miller's list is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Miller describes it as a "sharp, observant, current story with really well-developed characters." It's also a page-turner that could have been ripped from the headlines. Nick Dunne gets caught like a deer in the headlights by the media and the police when his wife, Amy, goes missing on their fifth anniversary. From inappropriate smiling to inadvertant flirting, he does pretty much everything you shouldn't do when

Critics' Lists: Summer 2012

Sail Into Summer With Novel Picks From Alan Cheuse

From sublime affairs of state to the stark and vulgar popular culture of our own contemporary lives, let's make this descent into the lower tones together and recognize the dark entertainment in the voices of both a complaining husband and an aggrieved wife. This good nasty fun comes to us in Gone Girl, Chicago writer Gillian Flynn's novel about the mysterious disappearance of a clever and deceptive young Midwestern housewife. It's a noir he-said-she-said, and all the lamenting,

Critics' Lists: Summer 2012

Literary Look Ahead: 13 Great Books On The Horizon

Suspense books have been a summer mainstay for decades, and it's not unusual for a notable title to break away from the pack each year. But it's been many seasons since one garnered as much early buzz as Gone Girl. When Amy Dunne disappears from her Missouri home, her husband, Nick, finds himself having to answer questions from reporters and police officers. And while it soon becomes clear that the Dunnes weren't the perfect couple their friends and neighbors had assumed, the

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