' 'What are you thinking, Amy? The question I've asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions stormcloud over every marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?' Just how well can you ever know the person you love? This is the question that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his 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? And what was left in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war...
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
ISBN 10: 0297859390
Publication Date: 24 May 2012
Audience: General/trade , General
Publisher's Status: Active
Availability: In Print
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A perfect wife's disappearance plunges her husband into a nightmare as it rips open ugly secrets about his marriage and, just maybe, his culpability in her death... One of those rare thrillers whose revelations actually intensify its suspense instead of dissipating it. The final pages are chilling. -- Kirkus (starred review) <br> [W]hat looks like a straightforward case of a husband killing his wife to free himself from a bad marriage morphs into something entirely different in Flynn's hands. As evidenced by her previous work (Sharp Objects, 2006, and Dark Places, 2009), she possesses a disturbing worldview, one considerably amped up by her twisted sense of humor. Both a compelling thriller and a searing portrait of marriage, this could well be Flynn's breakout novel. It contains so many twists and turns that the outcome is impossible to predict. -- Booklist (starred review) <br> Flynn cements her place among that elite group of mystery/thriller writers who unfailingly deliver the goods...Once again Flynn has written an intelligent, gripping tour de force, mixing a riveting plot and psychological intrigue with a compelling prose style that unobtrusively yet forcefully carries the reader from page to page. -- Library Journal (starred review) <br> Flynn masterfully lets this tale of a marriage gone toxically wrong gradually emerge through alternating accounts by Nick and Amy, both unreliable narrators in their own ways. The reader comes to discover their layers of deceit through a process similar to that at work in the imploding relationship. Compulsively readable, creepily unforgettable, this is a must read for any fan of bad girls and good writing. -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) <br> Gone Girl is one of the best -and most frightening -portraits of psychopathy I've ever read. Nick and Amy manipulate each other -with savage, merciless and often darkly witty dexterity. This is a wonderful and terrifying book about how the happy surface nor
Derek writes: This is the best book - of any description - that I've read all year! I just loved Gillian Flynn's first book, Sharp Objects, and although Dark Places, her second was a little flat, this one blows the first two out of the water. Psychological thriller is the best description, although you could also call it a crime mystery. It's the story of Nick and Amy Dunne and as the book opens, Amy has gone missing in mysterious circumstances. This section of the book is titled Boy Loses Girl with alternate chapters narrated by Nick and Amy. While Nick's are written in the present day and describe his love for Amy and his concern and dread at her disappearance; Amy's are written in diary form and date back to 2005. Amy describes meeting Nick for the first time, the first rush of love, while Nick describes waiting for the police to arrive at their home, and becoming their prime suspect.As the days and then the weeks begin to unfold, many disturbing and shocking things come to light. It appears that Amy was pregnant, and from the accounts of her friends, (none of whom Nick was even aware of), her relationship with him was abusive and destructive. Quite obviously, this is not how Nick remembers his relationship. From Amy's diary though, it appears she feared Nick and his unstable moods and his dominant personality, and by the time this third of book concludes, we readers are with the police on this and like them, we believe that Nick has killed Amy and disposed of her body. The second third of the book, Boy Meets Girl opens with what the young would describe as an OMG moment. I'm not going to give the show away but the second third of the book makes you question everything you believed about Nick and Amy and it also makes you question the belief and trust you place in your loved ones and makes you wonder just how well you know the person you love most. And with the final section, Boy Gets Girl Back (or vice versa) you will just be knocked out by Gillian Flynn's plotting.This book redefines the can't put it down genre. Book of the week, hell, this is my book of the year
Gillian Flynn's first novel SHARP OBJECTS was the winner of two CWA DAGGERS, and was shortlisted for the GOLD DAGGER, and also for an EDGAR. She lives in Chicago with her husband.
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