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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 did really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?
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Great submitted by BelalGazali on June 15, 2012, 1:59pm This is just officially amazing
good submitted by wangaustin on June 18, 2012, 8:26pm good
Keeps you guessing submitted by eileen on June 19, 2012, 11:18pm The tale is told alternately thru a husband's voice and his wife's diary entries, with an interesting play on time. A fun read.
Suspenseful submitted by Annie B. on July 26, 2012, 9:27pm Good mystery
good book submitted by arla on August 2, 2012, 8:37pm really good book
creepy! submitted by hcf on August 5, 2012, 11:14am Great read. It really stayed with me afterwards. Gets into your head...
GOOD submitted by loving jinny on August 8, 2012, 11:14pm THIS IS GOOD
yup submitted by madivqi on August 10, 2012, 8:48pm It was freaking amazing
Well written but too crazy for me submitted by Amber Kinder on August 31, 2012, 6:12pm This book was very well written. The author writes from different points of view and it comes together seamlessly without leaving the reader lost and confused. The problem I had was with the craziness. For lack of being a spoiler, I will say no more.
WOW submitted by Beth Manuel on September 4, 2012, 4:16pm This was the best book I read all summer. Really had me engrossed and thinking about the characters for days after.
WOW submitted by unknown on June 14, 2013, 2:13pm WOW What a thriller-couldn't put it down
Creepy! submitted by Juliettie on June 14, 2013, 4:33pm A really well-written psychological thriller. I enjoyed the three different voices used (his, hers, her diary). I honestly expected a very different ending until at least two-thirds of the way through the book. His fascination with the shape of her head made me think he'd done something to it. I was pleasantly (!) surprised that things went in a very different direction.
Not worth hype submitted by crazypockets on June 19, 2013, 4:38pm This book sort of grabbed me after the first transition, but overall, I can't see what the hype was about. It was disturbing, and kind of irritating to see both of these totally unlikeable characters evolve. But I didn't think it was particularly innovative. Everyone involved in this story was either weak, crazy, a jerk, or all together. The ending was realistic but totally disappointing. Overall, it was pretty depressing.
Surprisingly good submitted by dumusicgirl on June 27, 2013, 11:21am I am not generally a reader of fiction, especially modern fiction, but this was a well-written and well thought out book. It draws the reader in from the first page and does not dumb down thoughts and ideas by using elementary vocabulary (as most modern books seem to do). It reminds me of a classic Grisham novel but with more twists and turns.
good submitted by michael007 on June 30, 2013, 5:56pm good
Horrible, odious book
submitted by marielle on July 5, 2013, 7:01pm
This was one of my book club's selections. Several people in my the book club couldn't get through it, it was so bad. I have no idea why this became a bestseller.
The beginning is syrupy and lame. I slogged through the middle of it, practically skimming it. The ending was worth reading, if you've already read the beginning, but all in all, an awful book. Odious characters and bad writing-- all the plot twists in the world couldn't save this one.
Go read, "Where'd you go, Bernadette" if you want to read an epistolary style mystery novel that's actually good.
like submitted by nicenora2371 on July 12, 2013, 2:33pm i like this book
clever submitted by unknown on July 29, 2013, 5:50pm In the first few pages of Gillian Flynn's new novel Gone Girl, I was thinking, "This is it -- one of those rare novels that's unique and totally engrossing, cleverly plotted so that each new development has me astounded and eager to find out what happens next." Then the story continued as Midwestern husband Nick began to deal with his wife Amy's sudden disappearance and some gradually revealed details that might cast doubt on his own innocence in the matter. During that time, the book dropped down from the level of extraordinary to merely somewhat intriguing. However, once I reached Part Two of Gone Girl ("Boy Meets Girl"), it was like Ms Flynn kicked it up a notch, and the book became amazing again. Without giving any spoilers, Part Two unveils some major plot twists that cast Amy's status in an entirely new light. From that point on, the story moves along in powder keg fashion: the fuse has been lit, and it's only a question of how long 'til the explosion, and how much damage will be done when it happens. Flynn has a distinctive writing style that really involved me in what was going on with her two main characters. I had previously purchased but not yet read her Sharp Objects (after several recommendations). Now I will have to read it, and also get her first book, Dark Places. Only one warning, though: Gone Girl contains a fair amount of foul language. This was not a problem for me, but it might be for some readers.
submitted by Susan4Pax -prev. sueij- on August 13, 2013, 10:22pm
What I find absolutely fascinating about this book is that it may be the first time in my life that I liked a book without ever *really* liking any of the main characters! There were times when I understood them, or admired them (in certain senses), or respected them... but rarely if ever did I find myself whole-heartedly on their side and rooting for them.
It is an incredibly hard book to review without giving spoilers, so I will just say that the first half, even though there was a clear mystery, was far less compelling of a read than the second half. Once I hit the mid-point, I could barely put the book down. It is well-written, intricately woven, and cleverly put together. I can't wait for the book club discussion.
Can't wait for the movie submitted by Pareenaz9 on June 14, 2014, 3:19pm This is probably Gyllian Flynn's best book yet. Its very suspenseful... cant wait for the movie to come out!
submitted by A2Doug2 on July 3, 2014, 5:12pm
This book is very well paced, and the "he said, she said" alternate-chapter structure allows for lots of compelling cliffhangers that make you want to read two chapters ahead.
Some of the plot points aren't as surprising as they may have been meant to be, but Flynn does a great job of making you wonder whom among this mostly unlikeable group you're supposed to root for (if anyone).
An unsettling display of humanity's baser side, with everyone crassly pursuing his or her most self-serving instincts without much regard for whom they will hurt. The characters are fleshed-out and knowable, whether of not you'd ever like to know them.
Eh submitted by jcottey on July 20, 2014, 9:11am I don't understand what all the hype was about the book either. It had an interesting premise, but just went on and on and on. I thought it would never end, and then when it did, I hated the ending. The characters are unlikeable, except for Nick's sister, Go. Maybe Flynn should write a book about her.
Wow submitted by amym on July 20, 2014, 7:46pm This book blew me away. It kept me guessing the whole time, and the ending was a zinger. I usually don't like books where the characters are unlikeable, but this was the exception. In this case, some were so unlikeable that it was almost fun. A great psychological thriller - one of my favorites.
Must Read! submitted by Foreverdancer89 on August 12, 2014, 3:04pm All of my friends were talking about this book so I thought it would be a fun summer read. I could not put this book down! I loved reading the book from both perspectives, and I did not see the twist coming at all. Highly recommended!
Had to read! submitted by kadams7 on August 25, 2014, 8:37pm I had heard good things about this book and decided to put it on my list before the movie came out. I'm glad I read it. It was a page turner. I'm excited to see how it matches up to the movie. I hear it will be different.
Good submitted by nadeensukhon on August 29, 2014, 12:18pm very good and excellent
Didn't like it at all submitted by rheath45 on January 15, 2015, 10:33am I tried to read the book, and I even watched the movie. But none of the characters were likable except for Go and Nick's dead mother. This was not an enjoyable read and the movie is 2.5 hours of my life that I'll never get back. It sucked.
The shocker of shockers is the most mundane. submitted by lisa on June 23, 2015, 3:44pm As others have said, part of the novelty of this novel is its multiple points of view (and varyingly reliable/unreliable narrator schtick). The mystery of what's "really" going on is handled well, and the book doesn't condemn the ugly humanity of its unsavory characters. But the most shocking part to me was the element of the ending that is almost boring in how commonplace it is; an everyday, frequent-in-relationships thing reveals itself to be more mind-blowing than all the big drama pushing-credibility stuff. That was the best surprise in the book, to me.
Great summer read!
submitted by samanthar on June 26, 2015, 11:14am
This was an interesting psychological thriller, more psychological than thriller. Nick and Amy are a typical American couple; in their late 30s, married, celebrating their 5th wedding anniversary, recently lost their jobs to the recession, and moving away from their adult home and closer to Nick's childhood home to care for his aging parents. It would seem they are average in every way. But when Amy disappears, the cops begin digging below the surface, and each piece that is revealed paints a different picture of their marriage.
Gillian Flynn has created a unique story, with characters that are incredibly different and... psychotic. I recommend this book for anyone who likes a good character study.
thriller submitted by sumsaylor on July 31, 2015, 8:57pm A gripping story about a marriage gone bad. This book is well written, and suspenseful.
PG 17 submitted by steveiew on August 18, 2015, 9:33am This was a good thriller but it had a lot of adult content in it.
Good until end submitted by unknown on July 1, 2016, 11:43am I enjoyed this book up until the end- did not like the ending at all. Sort of ruined the rest of it for me...
Pathetic submitted by pepemama on July 21, 2017, 3:35pm I have no idea as to peoples fascination with this author . I read sharp objects and was completely unimpressed. I was hoping this one would be better but not true. I feel that shock in a bad Hitchcock sense trumps good writing.
submitted by KOH on August 5, 2017, 9:12pm
Everyone else is doing it. You should too.
Not What I Thought
submitted by DBJC on June 15, 2018, 12:05pm
I loved this book, hated it, then settled that it was okay. I decided to read it after all the hype was settled because I wanted to see what the book/story was about without everyone telling me that it was ‘great.’ The second part didn't come as a surprise to me because of Amy's character, so I had to lug through the second half of the book. There was a lot of content in this book, maybe too much in some cases. Flynn really, really knows her characters to the point where the information that she keeps in the book feel intrusive, and a little bit distracting. I also think that the characters were a little bit cartoonish for me but that's probably the point.
Probably won’t read this again, but Flynn is a decent storyteller.
Captivating Read submitted by jmbatesreich on June 16, 2019, 1:00pm The story is really entrancing; once you start reading, it basically won't let you stop until you finish, and there are twists and turns the entire way through. Fascinating and horrifying portrait of two horrible people.
Alright submitted by c_zhang on June 26, 2019, 7:07pm I think this book was kind of overrated, and to be honest, there were not any shocking twists.
Overrated submitted by sushai on July 9, 2019, 6:04pm This book was written to make a mediocre movie and succeeded.
Excellent submitted by TLW1998 on July 28, 2019, 11:15pm This book is hard to put down, but also disturbing. It’s a great read.
Good book submitted by jasonc1177 on July 31, 2019, 7:27pm Very interesting.
Gone Girl submitted by Clown81 on August 31, 2019, 2:14am Crazy woman.
Girl submitted by smr on July 2, 2020, 11:24am Like girl
Quick, entertaining read submitted by AGAPHD on July 5, 2020, 7:55pm I didn't love this book as many seemed to, but I did find it a quick, entertaining read.
submitted by sVfGI7Glt2pz7GZgVB90 on July 15, 2020, 10:41am
The narrative evolves gradually as the author doles just adequate information to think you are starting to figure the story out, before she hits you with a disclosure that changes everything. You know you are being dynamically manipulated, but the development is so pleasing because the tome is well written, and the characters and story feel genuine.
Paradoxically, this manipulation really made me presume most of the plot twists as it became apparent I was being led down a cul-de-sac by highly undependable narrators. Anyway, the twisted, unsettling and horrifying tale is irresistible.
The first portion of the book is a bit slow and long. Luckily, the tale kicks in high gear as soon as “Boy Meets Girl” starts.
Don't Recommend submitted by jmconnel on June 27, 2021, 2:20pm Neither of the main characters were likeable and unfortunately I knew the twist before I started thanks to this having been made a major motion picture years ago. This took me about a month to read and I often wondered if it was to blame for my bad mood. It was consistently compelling, though.
Unique Format submitted by gnatxela on July 24, 2021, 2:32pm unreliable narrator format has you guessing! I hear the audio book also has a guy / girl speaking as well.
Long book submitted by HockeyDude on August 26, 2021, 2:48pm LONGGG
Fun surprising submitted by Harlowamy on August 28, 2021, 5:11pm More than your average beach read
Great submitted by tiffanybabbs on July 8, 2022, 12:52pm Very much liked it
So bad submitted by courtneyhooper on August 13, 2022, 12:02am The writing is hideously bad. Just a crime against English. The plot is ok in the sense that the twist is surprising, but it’s not at all worth reading. See the movie and enjoy Ben Affleck.
Illuminating submitted by gs2351 on July 15, 2023, 11:36pm I feel like I understand the psychology of "Karens'" so much better after reading this book.