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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

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Sarah Broadhurst's view...

The book that has taken the world by storm, now a huge film starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Brilliant, scintillating, dark and manipulative, packed with twists and turns this is every bit as good as everyone says it is. On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary Amy goes missing and Nick is immediately suspected of the crime. Each chapter alternates between Nick and Amy (Amy through her diaries) as the mystery thickens and then incredibly unravels.

Winner of the Specsavers International Author of the Year 2013.

The film version of Gone Girl was released in UK cinemas on Friday 3 October 2014. Click below to view the trailer.

If you like Gillian Flynn you might also like to read books by Cath Staincliffe, Helen Fitzgerald and Lucie Whitehouse.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. On the morning of Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary, Nick sets the scene describing their move from their sophisticated New York life to a rented house on the banks of the Mississippi. We begin to get a sense of cracks beneath the surface of this marriage and immediately are gripped by the implications of Amy’s disappearance on this special day. The sharp and involving narrative unfolds with extracts from Amy’s diary, which explores the development of their relationship, alternating with Nick’s experience of the subsequent police investigation, being a suspect, life after Amy, and reflections of his past.
~ The Good Book Guide

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

THE ADDICTIVE No.1 BESTSELLER THAT EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT. Who are you? What have we done to each other?

These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police 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 weren't made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?


(GONE GIRL) turned the rules of your average psychological thriller's breathtaking * THE TIMES * This thriller is the must-read of the year. * THE SUN * I'm currently reading Gone Girl, a brilliant novel about how we never quite know the people we fall in love with. It's one of those novels that you discuss endlessly with your closest friends. * Sharleen Spiteri, lead singer in Texas * If you haven't yet caught up with this word-of-mouth bestseller - about a woman's mysterious disappearance and the secrets she and her husband are keeping - get hold of it soon. It really does live up to the hype. * WOMAN MAGAZINE * The story-telling is incredibly compelling, with the cunning opening mystery soon turning down unpredictable routes, while the characters are superbly believable. No wonder it's the book that everyone seems to be reading. -- Boyd Hilton * HEAT MAGAZINE * The story of a husband searching for his vanished wife has everything - psychological acuity, humour, an unflagging pace and more twists than you could hope for in your most serpentine dreams...a sumptuous, satisfying read. * STYLIST * A tautly written thriller about the unravelling of a marriage that is deservedly topping the bestseller charts. * THE OBSERVER * Gone Girl should be the big poolside read this year. Fresh out om paperback, it's a page-turning abduction mystery with an awful lot of twists. * MAIL ON SUNDAY * An utterly gripping thriller * EMERALD STREET * A stunning psychological thriller to send a chill through the heart of every married couple... Read it now, it is that good. -- Geoffrey Wansell * DAILY MAIL * Read Gone Girl: The Thriller of 2012... Flynn relentlessly plays with her reader, dangling hints and hushing up truths through two narrators who become more and more unreliable as the plot unravels. -- Jessica Whiteley * STYLIST * A completely gripping account of a dysfunctional (is there any other sort?) marriage. -- Rachel Johnson * METRO * One of the most popular thrillers of the year is also one of the smartest... Flynn's book cleverly outpaces its neo-noir trappings and consistently surprises the reader. * FINANCIAL TIMES * a brilliant, darkly comic tale -- Laura Wilson * THE GUARDIAN * Exhilarating and creepy, it has sent me rushing off to her other novels. -- Tracey Thorn * NEW STATESMAN * Single-handedly defines a genre of Media Gothic -- Brooke Magnanti * TATLER * The set-up is simple: girl goes missing, husband looks increasingly suspect. But there's much more going on beneath the surface of this fiendishly clever thriller * VOGUE * Toxic marriage simmers in this thriller with a gasp-inducing twist. * GRAZIA * Gone Girl confirms that Gillian Flynn is the smartest new crime writer for years. -- John Williams * MAIL ON SUNDAY * A brilliant switchback ride, you'll beg others to read it so you can discuss it with them -- John Williams * IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY * Gripping thriller: Nick's wife, Amy, is missing and he's a suspect. The story is told by Nick, then Amy, but who's telling the truth? * ESSENTIALS * Just about everyone I meet, and everyone on Twitter, is telling me it's brilliant, so I can't wait to see what the fuss is all about. -- S.J Watson * SUNDAY EXPRESS * Ms Flynn's latest novel of psychological suspense will confound anyone trying to keep up with her quicksilver mind and diabolical rules of play * INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE * a near-masterpiece. Flynn is an extraordinary writer who, with every sentence, makes words do things that other writers merely dream of -- Sophie Hannah * SUNDAY EXPRESS * This is Flynn's third novel and she's more than found her voice, creating taut, thrilling, deeply intense narratives about characters very much on the edge -- Henry Sutton * DAILY MIRROR * she skillfully manages to sustain tension and uncertainty to the end, as well as presenting a beautiful portrait of marriage disintegration -- Marcel Berlins * THE TIMES * a terrifically intelligent thriller with a gasp-inducing twist * GOOD HOUSEKEEPING * A chilling tale of a hip, New York couple's failing marriage: smart, suspenseful and brilliantly written, Gone Girl is a class act * THE INDEPENDENT * In what is so much more than a straightforward crime novel (with a mid-story twist so shocking you'll drop the book), Flynn unpicks the minutiae of the couple's personalities and relationship * EASY LIVING * definitely a contender for thriller of the year... Flynn is, without a doubt, at the front of the pack of American thriller writers. -- Doug Johnstone * THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY * 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 -- Joan Smith * SUNDAY TIMES * You think you're reading a good, conventional thriller and then it grows into a fascinating portrait of one averagely mismatched relationship...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 -- Kate Saunders * THE TIMES * Flynn is a brilliantly accomplished psychological crime writer and this latest book is so dark, so twisted and so utterly compelling that it actually messes with your mind -- Carla McKay * DAILY MAIL * Immensely dark and deeply intelligent, Gone Girl is a book about how well one person can truly know another * METRO * Flynn has created a gripping tale and a page-turner. * LITERARY REVIEW * A chilling, stylish read about another unknowable woman * ELLE * funny, cunning thriller... the tale takes some stomach-churning turns, right to its chilling conclusion * PSYCHOLOGIES * Read it and stay single. * FINANCIAL TIMES * Flynn keeps the accelerator firmly to the floor, ratcheting up the tension with wildly unexpected plot twists, contradictory stories and the tantalising feeling that nothing is as it seems. Deviously good. * MARIE CLAIRE * in this riveting noirish thriller and intense dissection of a marriage, nothing is as it seems. * WOMAN AND HOME * Gone Girl is superbly constructed, ingeniously paced and absolutely terrifying... a Five-star suspense mystery. -- AN Wilson * READERS

* These voices are wonderfully authentic, to the point where the reader becomes a gawker at the full-spectrum of marital dysfunction. Excellent. -- John O'Connor * THE GUARDIAN * Flynn, an extraordinarily good writer, plays her readers with the finesse and delicacy of an expert angler.

She wields her unreliable narrators to stunning effect, baffling, disturbing and delighting in turn, practically guaranteeing an immediate reread once her terrifying, wonderful conclusion is reached... an early contender for thriller of the year, and an absolute must-read. -- Alison Flood * THE OBSERVER *

About the Author

Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn was born in Kansas City, Missouri to two community-college professors—her mother taught reading; her father, film. For college, she headed to the University of Kansas (go Jayhawks), where she received her undergraduate degrees in English and journalism.

After a two-year stint writing about human resources for a trade magazine in California (ask her anything about work-life benefits or employment law), Flynn moved to Chicago. There she earned her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and discovered that she was way too wimpy to make it as a crime reporter.

On the other hand, she was a movie geek with a journalism degree—so she moved to New York City and joined Entertainment Weekly magazine, where she wrote happily for 10 years, visiting film sets around the world (to New Zealand for The Lord of the Rings, to Prague for The Brothers Grimm, to somewhere off the highway in Florida for Jackass: The Movie). During her last four years at EW, Flynn was the TV critic (all-time best TV show: The Wire).

Flynn’s debut novel, the literary mystery Sharp Objects, was an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two of Britain’s Dagger Awards—the first book ever to win multiple Daggers in one year. It has been published in more than 20 countries. Movie rights have been sold; Flynn is currently writing the screenplay adaptation.

Flynn lives in Chicago with her husband, Brett Nolan, and a giant black cat named Roy.

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Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


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