Gone Girl

Gone Girl

A Novel

Book - 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: New York : Crown, [2012], ©2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307588364
030758836X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Fly
Description: 419 pages ; 24 cm

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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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And the... Read More »

Amy disappears on her 5th wedding anniversary. Did she leave? Or has something ... awful happened?

From the parents: "Great thriller with a surprising twist in the middle." Also available as an eBook, on audio, on audio to download, and as a book club kit.


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I detested this book throughout but was dragged to the end because I did not have anything else on my audio book shelf to listen to and needed to get my stretching routine done every night. Soooo. . .I was shocked and surprised with the ending which richly rewarded my lame excuse for continuing. Actually changing perspective from Part to Part kept my curiosity up to an adequate level that prevented me from deleting the book and to allow me to keep going. I could not believe that my evaluation of this book could so radically turn around in the very last moments, but it did. Now trying to plumb the depths of why, I come up with the roots of the old testament bible with its outrageous stories that highlighted a grand theme for living. Unconscious unconditional love took a criminal beating throughout the book but took the relationship across the "starting" line. Wildly cathartic!!!!!

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Dream24
Aug 30, 2018

Wow this book is so twisted and devious.

The story is told through Nick and Amy's perspective. In the first half of the book, we see the daily things Nick goes through after coming home to find Amy missing and presumed kidnapped, and on the flip side we read the diary entries of Amy starting from the beginning of their relationship. Early on it is safe to presume that Nick is the stoic but concerned husband with the slight temper, and Amy the naive and loving wife. But then comes part 2! Where it is revealed that nothing is really as it seems.

Everything is so messed up starting in the second half and it gets more and more outrageous, but still believable to a certain extent. Suddenly Nick becomes the prime suspect in what is believed to the murder of Amy! I didn't really like Nick or Amy, the more that I read about them, neither are worthy of sympathy (view spoiler) I found it hard to swallow that the law enforcement bought the Amy version of what really happened when she disappeared on her and Nick's 5th anniversary.

The ending was...... unexpected?! Ultimately, there is no justice, redemption or permanent consequences for their actions, which is quite despicable given how deranged and chaotic they turned out to be....but so suited for each other??

This was definitely an interesting and thrilling read.

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telger
Aug 10, 2018

What a ride! suspense, dark, anger, weird, funny! Wow! intense and I'm not surprised if there's a sequel

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JLHCKY
Jun 16, 2018

It's not as easy to review a novel when you've already seen the movie. And loved it. The book's even better, trust me. Amy Elliott is the famous "Amazing Amy," an only-child her parents immortalized in a series of books as she grew up. All three of them became rich in the process. When she met Nick Dunne in her 30s, she fell in love. Really and truly. So did Nick, an every-American guy but one who appears to have not reached his full potential. Five years after their marriage, all is not as it seems. It is surely failing on Nick's side and he's responsible for some of the blame. Then Amy disappears on their anniversary. Kidnapped? Murdered? The husband is invariably the leading suspect for the police and the media, and even Nick's twin sister, Go, has suspicions. Here is a story about modern America with its media frenzy and resulting savvy, about a sociopath who understands policing better than the police, and about the decisions each of us make in our past which have implications for today and tomorrow. The ending is as ambiguous as it should be.

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Feitz
May 01, 2018

This was my favorite book for a LONG time (until I read The Good Samaritan) and she continues to be my favorite author. She is amazing at building characters. When she throws a twist in there, it isn't something random and unlikely. Rather, it's disturbing because it's something that was very plausible the whole time and you end up thinking, "...of course they did would/could do that." I walked away questioning everyone around me. I even question myself now, based on who I related to.

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lucygusy
Mar 08, 2018

Phenomenal read! I couldn't put it down.

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Linyarai
Mar 06, 2018

I read this book for the "A Mystery Novel" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I didn't like it. I was bored in the beginning, intruiged in the middle, and just annoyed at the end. I didn't like the characters, especially Nick. The ending was just ridiculous and I have no respect for any of them.

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angeliquelong
Jan 04, 2018

No. Just no.
I'm not sure what I just read, but it was genius.
I hated the way it ended, but not because I hated it. More because I was angry at the characters. If that makes any sense.
I seriously don't have any words to describe how I feel about this book, I just really liked it.
I hear there may eventually be a squeal!

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Gingerman_0
Dec 29, 2017

I loved this book! Great read. Very cool plot. Read it!

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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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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angeliquelong
Jan 04, 2018

angeliquelong thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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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

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Apr 29, 2015

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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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lahutchison
Sep 17, 2018

Sexual Content: Sex scenes

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angeliquelong
Jan 04, 2018

Sexual Content: There are quite a few detailed sexual scenes.

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angeliquelong
Jan 04, 2018

Violence: The book has a violent story line.

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angeliquelong
Jan 04, 2018

Coarse Language: There is a lot of coarse language throughout the entire book.

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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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