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Published on May 23rd, 2012


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Blurb: ‘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… (W&N)

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Carla McKay, The Daily Mail

Flynn is a brilliantly accomplished psychological crime writer and this latest book is so dark, so twisted and so utterly compelling – her previous novels, Sharp Objects and Dark Places, were corkers too – that it actually messes with your mind.

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Alison Flood, The Observer five]

Flynn, an extraordinarily good writer, plays her readers with the finesse and delicacy of an expert angler. She wields her unreliable narrators – and just who are they? – to stunning effect, baffling, disturbing and delighting in turn, practically guaranteeing an immediate reread once her terrifying, wonderful conclusion is reached.

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Doug Johstone, The Independent on Sunday

Flynn is, without doubt, at the front of the pack of American thriller writers. The characterisation, plot, dialogue, description and social commentary are all razor sharp, snappy and precise without being too stylistically so. This story of a love gone brutally wrong is a painful but utterly compulsive read.


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John O’Connell, The Guardian

The narration alternates between Nick’s twitchy account of the police investigation and Amy’s bouncy (but then less bouncy) diary of their courtship and increasingly strained marriage. These voices are wonderfully authentic, to the point where the reader becomes a gawker at the full-spectrum of marital dysfunction. Excellent.

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Kate Saunders, The Times

Nothing’s as it seems — Flynn is a fabulous plotter, and a very sharp observer of modern life in the aftermath of the credit crunch.

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Joan Smith, The Sunday Times

Flynn’s portrait of a woman trying to please an impossible husband is subtly drawn, but there are hints that all is not as it seems. One ­version of events hides another in a novel that ­cleverly manipulates the reader, although the effect is less shocking than it ­initially promises.

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