Gone Girl

Gone Girl

Large Print - 2012
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On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick's wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, c2012
Edition: Large print ed
Description: 711 p. (large print) ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781410450951
Branch Call Number: LP Flyn
Additional Contributors: Flynn, Gillian 1971-

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orchids3lady Nov 08, 2017

Its difficult to enjoy a book when there is not one redeeming character in the whole story. This books starts off entertainingly enough with a decent story but became tiresome through the utter lack of enjoyable characters, and the plot becomes convoluted and contrived.

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BookSnitch
Nov 03, 2017

I watched the movie when it first came out and just now got around to listening to the audio book and it was really damn good! I do think the movie did the book justice, but of course the book always hold a lot more information. The narrators, Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne did a spectacular job.

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tinafaris
Sep 18, 2017

The beginning of this novel is much better than the ending. Some of the writing becomes contrived and cliche, making it tiresome to finish. I'm not a fan of authors who like to yank that rug right out from under you with their endings, and this book did just that. The characters became one dimensional and uninteresting towards the end as well--not a lot of movement or development. Overall, fine for a book on tape that won't make you fall asleep on your road trip, but not a great book in general.

FindingJane Aug 03, 2017

For a study in sheer cold-blooded, smiling viciousness, this novel causes the chills to run up and down the spine. I felt like an ice-covered midget was running up and down my backbone, chuckling maniacally with every patter of its little feet.

Reading the story from two different viewpoints, the reader is hauled in one direction and then another. Nick is an unreliable narrator, a liar and an adulterer (although the author prefers the word “cheater”). When his beautiful wife goes missing, all sorts of damning evidence, along with his own unconvincing act as the grieving, worried husband, serve to condemn him.

The grand revelation is staggering, to be sure. But the novel does a terrific job of maintaining suspense, of racheting the tension through character and plot development long before the surprise is sprung upon the reader. This is a terrifying story of love gone wrong, of finding out the person you thought you knew is a cold-blooded murderer, a grudge-holding lunatic who yet manages to maintain a smiling façade capable of fooling everyone.

The transparency of the modern age is brought fully to bear, further clouding the issue. When everything we learn and know is from television shows or blogs, can be manipulated or “spun” by video interviews, how can we know what is real? Just how much of a person is written in their diaries or on Facebook?

This novel works you over, plumbing the depths of brutality within and without marriage. What happens when you love the wrong people, when you don’t know someone as well as you think you do? The novel ends on a quiet note but you can’t help but shiver at the thought of what horrors lie in store. It’s enough to keep single people unwed and married people awake at night.

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montse93
Aug 02, 2017

I ABSOLUTELY loved this book! I am not much of a reader, in fact I got a library card to work on that and this was the first book that I read. It is definitely a page turner that will have you confused, intrigued and wanting for more! The book is also a point of view book so there is not the "She said '...'" language.

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nlmg
Jul 22, 2017

did not like - not read

fshjmj Jun 20, 2017

Very interesting book. Enjoyed it more than I thought I would. One of the best thrillers. The characters were well-developed.

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iluvbooks63
Apr 17, 2017

I had given up trying to enjoy the book by chapter (anniversary 3), and the story just seemed more than a chore.

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blairl
Feb 23, 2017

Keeps you on your toes! This book is hard to put down.

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Soundreader
Feb 18, 2017

Hands down one of the best, page-turning thrillers that I have ever read. You won't be able to put it down once you start. Flynn is a master of suspense, detail, dark humor, and mystery.

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

"The worst feeling: when you just have to wait and prepare yourself for the lie."

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

"You drink a little too much and try a little too hard. And you go home to a cold bed and think, That was fine. And your life is a long line of fine."

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

"People say children from broken homes have it hard, but the children of charmed marriages have their own particular challenges."

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

"We weren’t ourselves when we fell in love, and when we became ourselves – surprise! – we were poison. We complete each other in the nastiest, ugliest possible way."

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

"Because isn’t that the point of every relationship: to be known by someone else, to be understood? He gets me. She gets me. Isn’t that the simple magic phrase?"

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

"Sleep is like a cat: It only comes to you if you ignore it."

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

"It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters."

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

"There's a difference between really loving someone and loving the idea of her."

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

"There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold."

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

"Cool Girls are above all hot. Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. "

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blairl
Mar 03, 2017

blairl thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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BookReadingJunkie
Jul 25, 2016

BookReadingJunkie thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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maroon_eagle_45
Nov 09, 2015

maroon_eagle_45 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 99

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

xzhang17 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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DouglasLinn
Jun 09, 2015

DouglasLinn thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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Brown_Hamster_20
Apr 29, 2015

Brown_Hamster_20 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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BookwormYVR
Oct 21, 2014

BookwormYVR thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Oct 15, 2014

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gangleshanks
May 22, 2017

Compelling plot and thought provoking, especially regarding the nature of relationships vs the meaning of love.

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

Children book star Amy Elliot disappears the morning of her fifth wedding anniversary. The prime suspect is in fact her husband, Nick Dunne. Although Nick denies any knowledge of Amy's disappearance, there's a trail of evidence pointing to his involvement. What truly happened to Amy?

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xzhang17
Aug 22, 2015

On the day of Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary, Nick heads home in the afternoon and finds his wife gone and their living room destroyed. Besides reacting inappropriately to his wife being missing (being pretty calm about the whole thing), Nick is also lies to the cops and soon becomes the prime suspect in what has bloomed into a murder investigation. As chapters alternate between Nick’s perspective and Amy’s diary entries, readers will grow increasingly aware that their marriage is far from perfect. However, did Nick really kill Amy? If not, where is she?

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DouglasLinn
Jun 09, 2015

Two very self absorbed, selfish sociopaths plan and scheme in order to make each other better psychopaths.

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mary498
Dec 15, 2014

In depth love story about two people, one who is psycho and one who is afraid of who he may become. Terrible tangle of lies, deceit, mental abuse and finally, the breaking point.

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huy1993
Nov 06, 2014

After leaving New York, Amy moves in and lives with Nick in his house. Everything is going fine until the day of their fifth anniversary, Nick goes home and finds out that his wife has gone missing. As the police opens an investigation, they discovers dark secrets inside the marriage of the couple.

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BookwormYVR
Oct 21, 2014

A great summer / vacation read! Fast moving plot with surprising turns and relationship drama. Definitely written with a screen plan in mind, a la Dan Brown. Enjoyed it enough to see the movie, too -- I just hope they don't change the ending...

AnneDromeda Sep 24, 2012

Let me preface this review by stating that I know I’m late to this party. I do. But now that I’m here, I really do not want you to miss it. Have you read *Gone Girl* yet? No? Holy cats, people, you must get on it, and here’s why:<br />

Nick and Amy Dunne have it all - living in a Manhattan brownstone, handsome Nick works as a writer for a highbrow magazine, and beautiful Amy is the benefactor of an empire of children’s books created by her parents in her image. The Dunnes met in the cutest of cute meets, their dialogue is witty, their sex life is charged and adventurous. Having become accustomed to living in the charmed lap of luxury, they are doubly surprised when the financial meltdown claims Nick’s job and Amy’s trust fund. Listless, with no work to tie them to Manhattan, Nick proposes they move back to his native Missouri to look after his ailing parents.<br />

Things take a very dark turn in Missouri; the marriage flounders, and Amy goes missing the morning of their fifth anniversary. The scene initially suggests a struggle with an intruder, but police soon determine the struggle scene is staged. Traces of blood – a lot of blood – are found in another location. Very soon, it is assumed that Amy is dead, and Nick is the prime suspect.<br />

Flynn weaves a dark, deft tale of psychological terror, juxtaposing Amy’s diary entries leading to her disappearance with chapters detailing the minutiae of Nick’s life and mind under the microscope of police and media. Flynn has a gift for building characters’ psychological profiles so completely that readers feel they know exactly what comes next because they really know the people in the story. But you don’t know the people in the story, not like you think you do; and when the whole novel turns a dime-tight twist halfway through, your sense of sick dread is amplified knowing things are much darker, weirder and more complex than you ever thought. <br />

*Gone Girl* is a masterpiece among psychological thrillers that will keep you awake all night. Bring snacks. You aren’t going to want to get up for anything once you get reading.<br />

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DouglasLinn
Jun 09, 2015

Sexual Content: Some explicitly sexual scenes.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 09, 2015

Violence: Some very violent themes.

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