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3 1/2 stars.

This is going to be a hard review to write because I feel so conflicted about my final rating and just how much I actually liked this book. For one thing, I think the second half is a big improvement on the first half and, though this is my least favourite book by Ms Flynn, I can see in some ways why other reviewers see this as her strongest work.

Let me ask this question: is it possible to be objective when writing a book review? Can a book ever be objectively good, even though som



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I am giving Gone Girl 3 stars, but only begrudgingly. In my mind, any book that takes me 3 months and 20 different tries to read is not worth 3 (i-liked-it on Goodreads) stars, especially a book written by an author I already respect. And I am not kidding, for me the first half of Gone Girl was a PURE TORTURE to read.

Amy Dunn disappears on the day of her 5th wedding anniversary. All gradually uncovered evidence suggests that her husband, Nick, is somehow involved. Did




I am Amy. I’m so perfect you may want to puke. It’s okay, I have that effect on everyone, even my parents. They noticed I was so perfect when I was a little girl and so they wrote some vastly popular children’s books called The Adventures of Amazing Amy. You may have been given them to read in school, and you may have puked on them. I am so self-regarding I can’t pass a mirror without congratulating it that it’s reflecting me and not somebody else. I forgot to mention that I have a perf



Im pretty selective about new releases, but Gone Girls opening (about a man studying his wifes skull in bed) and unique alternating POV structure promised a kind of He Said, She Said Crimes and Misdemeanors, a The Secret History with a sense of humor. I did really like the structure, along with some of the zingers, and some of the saucier images, but thats about it.

From the Kushner epigraph to the name checking of Noel Coward on page 68 to the use of Pygmalion as a verb 20 pages after that (



This book is such a steaming pile of shit for so many reasons and hands down the worst book I have ever read.

There is a huge cloud of smug over Gone Girl. This was such an unpleasant read that I started taking notes of all the ridiculous parts. It also didnt help matters that I figured out the ending before page 100.

There are lots and lots of f-bombs and swearing which says a lot since I cuss like a sailor. For me to pick up on that means its excessive and adds nothing to the story. Then ther



This book was just way too much fun – and I mean that in a good way. I’m taking a leisurely drive down the garden path of the story, when BAM – right in the middle it makes a u-turn and we are on the damn highway doing 90 miles an hour (commonly referred to as a plot twist). Sweet Mother of Mercy!

There is not much to say without the risk of giving up some detail that’s best left secret. Soooo many time I wanted to just take one little peek at the end to see what happens to Nick and Amy. But I di



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Quite simply, this is one of the best novels of the year. Its a thriller in the best tradition of Alfred Hitchcock and layered with brilliantly written characters; its the kind of book thats nearly impossible to put down. The surprises and twists keep the reader guessing up until the final page, and my first thought upon finishing the novel was that I wanted to read it a second time. ...more



Everyone (EVERYONE!!) loves this hateful book? Kind of makes me weep for the future. I did not think it was clever (as many have asserted) just depraved & manipulative.

Also, if I ever read the words fucking bitch again it will be too soon.




Im never getting married- I cant risk this





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

On the day of Nick and Amy Dunnes fifth anniversary - Amy disappears.

Without a trace.

Well...not...really without a trace.

Theres a lot of weird...things associated with the disappearance.

Blood that was messily cleaned up, a suspiciously staged scene and a host of other bits of evidence that all points towards Nick Dunne.

But in the world where the murderer is always the husband...what happen



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That was my immediate reaction after finishing this book. Pretty clearly thats not how it ends. It doesnt END that way. Yet, when I tapped Shadows screen to turn the page (Shadows my Nooks name, FYI) - there were only acknowledgements.

And then I thought about it... I gave it just a few minutes thought, and I decided that I thought the ending was appropriate. Fucked up? Oh my, yes. But fitting too, in a way. We do dig our own graves, dont we?

This book



Marguerite Yourcenar wrote long ago that the mask, given time, comes to be the face itself. This can work for good or bad, but the more hideous the secrets, the more carefully that mask is constructed. So what if you discovered after five years of marriage that youd only seen the mask, and never the real face of your spouse? Once those dark truths were revealed, could you stay married to that person?

Knowledge is power, and never more so than in an intimate relationship.
What if your spouse kn



***MORE MOVIE NEWS*** Gossipy sources say that Neil Patrick Harris will play Amys creepy ex, Desi, and Tyler Perry will play Ben Affleck/Nicks scumbag lawyer. If this thing isnt a blockbuster, Ill eat my hat.

***UPDATE 7/25/2013***
Amy Dunnes role in the film offered to Rosamund Pike, whoever she might be. Good role for any actress as its a potential star-maker.


*****UPDATE 3/26/2013*****
See bottom of review. I think I need to re-think this oppositional review.



Gone Girl is astounding. It is a gripping story of the courtship and marriage of a narcissist and a sociopath. They appear to be experiencing the normal setbacks of life during our recent financial meltdown: job loss, relocation, mounting debt, family illness etc. etc. It is easy to identify with them individually, which makes it harder to know who to root for when the wife disappears on the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary and the husband becomes the prime suspect. Neither seems to be ...more



Summary: I loved it while despising it, how bout that?
Oh dear, Im caught between realizing that this is one of the most inconsistent plot-and-characterization-wise books Ive read in a long time - as well as one of the most entertaining stay-up-all-night-to-finish books. Hmmmm.

This book unapologetically flew through the bestsellers and awards lists like a hurricane last year, being praised for its dark nature and unexpected twist and intricate plot (a.k.a. the reasons why I a



Mr. Peanut
The Seducer/The Conqueror/The Discoverer

and now this.

all of them are amazing stories about a wife gone missing or murdered, and the husbands journey through grief and suspicion with a bevvy of unreliable narrators. im actually not some sicko who is drawn to stories of murdered women, but these happen to be exceptional books that are strikingly similar in the way they unspool, and - yeah - they all have the same central action.

every single one of them is a twisty-turny narrativ



Gillian Flynn hands you a little black box. Whats this? you ask.

Just open it, she says, twitching an eyebrow at you. Just a tiny movement, a gentle follicular nudge.

Is this a puzzle box? you ask, wary. I keep seeing people playing with ones just like it on the train. There is a huge stack of them at Target. These arent really my thing.

I know, but this is a really tricky one, she says. I want to see if you can figure it out.

Now its a challenge. She has challenged you. Your ego is



Gone girl: a novel, Gillian Flynn

The first part of the novel centers on Nick Dunne and his wife Amys marriage. Its point of view alternates between that of Nick and Amy, whose perspectives on their marriage are very different.

For example, Nick describes the couples relationship in the present day, while Amys diary entries depict their relationship in the past. When Nick and Amy both lose their jobs in New York City, they relocate to Nicks hometown in North Carthage, Missouri, to help take ca



Twisty like a pretzel, dark like unadulterated chocolate, and as compelling as a twisted car wreck, this thriller delivers! On their fifth anniversary, Nick and Amys marriage implodes when Amy goes missing and Nick is hardly as distraught as he ought to be. Too much plot summary would detract from the pleasure of reading the book for yourself. Suffice it to say, this is one psychological mind bender accompanied by witty, incisive, laser beam writing; if you like that type of thriller, this one ...more


She can do everything, she can be anyone. She is simply... Amazing.

In this novel we learn the story of Amazing Amy. An extraordinary woman that for unknown reasons disappears from her cherished cozy home. An open door and a big mess is the only thing that is left in her place. Nick, her beloved and dearest husband, will be left perplexed with doubt about if it is a kidnapping, the scene of a terrible crime... or something else.

Several similarities with The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.



This book was such a mindfuck and Ive never read anything like it before. ...more


*5 Stars!*

While it feels a bit off referring to this deeply deranged book as a fun read, thats exactly what Im gonna call it. Because for the time spent reading, this book entirely owned me. My focus, my world, my thoughts, were swept away by these insanely unrivaled characters and the darkness of their story. And the suspense of it all left me in a constant state of guessing — straight to its twisted end.

Gone Girl is not a happy, feel-good love story with just a few bumps in an otherwise si



**WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE, CAPS LOCK OF RAGE, AND OCCASIONAL SPOILERS (we will let you know when spoilers kick in). You have been warned.**

Thea’s Take:

(There will be spoilers, but I’ll give you warning when they kick in.)

I started Gone Girl knowing only these things.

Gone Girl is:

A. One of the bestselling books of 2012, recipient of multiple awards from critics and readers alike, across genres and categories.
B. Gillian Flynn’s latest novel, with a rumored HUGE twist somewh



Ive been completely fangirling over Gillian Flynn since her debut Sharp Objects six years ago. It remains one of my all-time-favorites, along with Flynns sophomore novel Dark Places. No one writes the inner workings of warped and damaged human psychology better than this woman. With complete conviction I place her in the same category alongside the likes of Flannery OConnor and Shirley Jackson. Flynn has a devilish, uncanny flair for creating memorable characters and twisty plots that drive d


You know those books that are a complete chore to read? The ones youll do anything -- playing Words with Friends, cleaning the house, scrubbing toilets -- to avoid reading? Then a few weeks go by and youve gotten dumber, because in doing your damnedest to avoid reading said book, menial tasks have turned your brain to mush?


Gone Girl has gone to my sucked shelf.

Look. If I want to hear about bored, unhappily married people, Ill talk to my married friends or delve into something by a cap



Ah, marriage.


The story of Nick and Amy is a tale that is as old as time.
A song as old as rhyme, etc. etc. etc..
Two crazy, adorable kids meet & fall into a passionate love affair.


Then, of course, they enter into holy matrimony.


But once that new car smell wears off?
Some rather interesting things happen.


I think its so nice when books show us that couples can work out their relationship problems in a healthy way.
That ending.
So tender. So sweet.


So. Yeah. This was a weird little story.
Of course,



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Nick and Amy Dunne are preparing to celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary when suddenly, Amy disappears and as the investigation unfolds, it appears that the marriage wasn’t as perfect as it seemed. Others begin to wonder if Nick could be the perpetrator and the book will leave you wondering what really happened to Amy throughout.

I loved this book, and honestly, I couldn’t predict what was going t



Hail to the Hogarth Shakespeare series, where the Bards works are retold by a number of todays acclaimed novelists. Among those published within the series to date: Margaret Atwood - The Tempest, Jo Nesbø - Macbeth and Anne Tyler - The Taming of the Shrew. Gillian Flynn is on the docket for Hamlet, my absolute favorite Shakespeare play. In order to familiarize myself with Ms. Flynns writing before I dive into her rendition of Hamlet, I had the pleasure of reading Gone Girl.

Gone Girl is one o


Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. She has so far written three novels, Sharp Objects, for which she won the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller; Dark Places; and her best-selling third novel Gone Girl.

Her book has received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. The dark plot revolves around a serial killer in a Mi


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


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