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- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group; Latest edition (8 November 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: B01KAGF6XY
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- Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 3.2 x 17.7 cm
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Praise for Sharp Objects and Dark Places 'Compulsively good. I would rather read her than just about any other crime writer' Kate Atkinson 'With her blistering debut Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn hit the ground running. Dark Places demonstrates that was no fluke' Val McDermid 'Gillian Flynn is the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with a knack for the macabre' Stephen King 'Grips you from the first page' Karin Slaughter 'A stylish, and compelling debut. A real winner' Harlan Coben 'Stunningly accomplished' Sunday Times
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The only thoughts I have after completing this book are: OH MY! WHATTA BOOK!! 😲 Ms Flynn, the author of "Sharp Objects" and "Dark Places", clearly surpassed herself with this book.
Read on to know more about this amazing book and about why I think you should most definitely give it a try!
Now, this article is divided into six categories.
• Ratings and stuff about the book.
• How I got my hands on this book.
• Some background of the author.
• The synopsis of the book.
• About the writing style.
•Some intriguing facts about the book.
•Ratings and stuff about the book:
Botopsy rating: 5/5✨
Length of the book: 466 pages long.
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
•How I came across this book:
I heard a lot about Gillian Flynn and how she turns a simple story into a roller coaster ride. I wanted to try her best work and so I picked this one up, and I must admit that after reading this book, I'm completely dumbfounded!
•About the author:
Gillian Schieber Flynn ( born February 24, 1971) is an American writer. Flynn has published three novels, Sharp Objects, Dark Places, and Gone Girl,all three of which have been adapted for film or television. Flynn wrote the adaptations for the 2014 Gone Girl film and the HBO limited series Sharp Objects. She was formerly a television critic for Entertainment Weekly.
Gone Girl is sharp, mercurial, subtly layered and populated by characters so well imagined that they’re difficult to part with.
Here, in this book, we have two main characters- Nick Dunne and Amy Elliott.
Nick Dunne is a writer who lost his job in New York City when the magazine he worked for went under. He retreated to North Carthage, the small town in Missouri where he grew up, dragging his wife Amy, who is also a magazine writer. She is is also recently unemployed. Nick is a smart, good-looking guy, with a touch of the golden boy about him. When he moves to Missouri he buys a bar with his twin sister Margo. He gets a job teaching writing at the local junior college. He allows his professional prospects to quietly and gracefully deflate.
Amy on the other hand, is a type-A personality, a Harvard grad with definite ideas about Nick's career and her own. "My wife had a brilliant, popping brain, a greedy curiosity," Nick tells us. Amy doesn't fit in in North Carthage, and with no job and no social life to speak of, she's left alone at home to spin her wheels. They spin fast, very fast.
On their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick leaves the house after breakfast. He heads to work. While he is gone, Amy disappears into thin air. The journey that progresses to find the gone girl herself is maddeningly twisted, to say the least.
It almost requires a game board to show how Nick and Amy move through this book. They met at a party in Brooklyn and were momentarily smitten. After they get married Nick lost his job. So they had to move back to Nick’s hometown, North Carthage, which Amy hated. In Missouri, they had the kinds of fights, infidelity, money troubles and other noir-style problems that witnesses will remember now that Amy’s gone. (Nick, go to jail.)
Nick has a secret life that did not involve Amy. On the morning she vanished, he was off doing something that he is deeply ashamed of, and it is not revealed until late in the novel. Ms Flynn’s idea for Nick’s biggest secret will be, for some readers, the most startling detail in a book that is full of terrific little touches. 😉
Nick’s narrative begins the book, and it illustrates how many different ways there are to disassemble. Like many a less clever unreliable narrator, Nick likes lies of omission. The reader has to figure this out very gradually because Ms Flynn is impressively cagey about which details she chooses to withhold.
The invisible Amy can talk only about her past behaviour. She began keeping the diary in 2005, and it describes the marriage as an emotional roller coaster. Even when the fights began, Amy went to elaborate efforts to be cheerful and boost her husband’s spirits, but she grew more and more worried as the marriage spiralled downward.
And then the police show up. And Nick begins to lie. Not that Nick killed his wife. He's just a compulsive liar, one of those people whose deepest instinct isn't, to tell the truth; it's to tell people what he thinks they want to hear, except that he usually guesses wrong. But, when the police start unravelling his inventions, he starts to look like a bad guy. He looks worse when Amy's diary surfaces, detailing the deterioration of their marriage and Nick's increasingly volatile behaviour.
So, Did Amy die?, who killed her, is it Nick?, What secret life did Nick had? To get the answers to the above-mentioned questions you have to read the book.
Gone Girl begins as a whodunit, but by the end, it will have you wondering whether there's any such thing as a who at all.
Gone Girl is a story about men and women who live double lives not because they're secret agents or jewel thieves but because as human beings they're incapable of being who they appear to be.
Overall, the book is an incredible thriller. A must-read even for those who are not thriller fans. I bet you would become one. 😉
Gillian Flynn’s greatest strength as an author lies in her ability to change the way her readers perceive her protagonists. The writing is smart, witty and appalling. The portrayal of characters is sharp and intensive. There is so much to say about the lead female character Amy and how she pulls the readers towards her.
Not to mention, the 'cool girl monologue' is on point, perfectly describes the kind of woman almost every man is looking for. The imaginative, fictional character that they desire to have for a lifetime.
1. When Flynn was drafting Gone Girl, main character Amy's family's business was originally a dating service. The oh-so-perfect "Amazing Amy" idea only came later.
2. Flynn wrote the screenplay of the movie version of Gone Girl, which is produced by Reese Witherspoon. Which was further nominated for Golden Globe and Bafta.
3. Flynn has said that she was inspired to write the novel by the disappearance of Californian Laci Peterson in late 2002.
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#About Book: (spoiler free) [4.5/5]
Gone girl is must read book in your life. The book is 463 pages long. After reading this you'll never regret. You haven't read yet and you're unmarried please I suggest you. okay jokes apart.
the dividend in the 3 part. In 1st part you feel bored. But a good story needs a strong build up. so don't give up. From 2nd part you really enjoy this book. what ever time I given in to complete 1st part, but 1/3 of time i given to complete rest of them. overall a good recommendation.
#About rest : (spoilers)
Clearly I'm expecting a part two of this story because nick is not a person who just accept this. some important questions raised in my mind apart from book.
- Is nick playing safe ? and planning something bigger for Amy to learn a lesson to her.
- What happened with that reporter who done Nick's interview at bar ?
- Is Amy ready with another plan if things gone crazy again.
- Can Nick's character save his son from her psycho wife's character Amy ?
Top international reviews
It took me a good 15/20% to get into the story but once I did I was hooked. I have to admit up until then I kept changing my mind about what happened but then it started becoming quite obvious.
It was around this point that I started changing my feelings towards the main characters - Nick & Amy - too. At first I was disliking one and warmed to the other, but then it completely reversed even with everything that kept coming out of the woodwork about them. Go though - I absoutely loved her and her wit all the way through!
I enjoyed the story but I wasn't totally struck on the writing style. I found the use of so many brackets quite distracting as I had to go back and reread the sentence at points. I did like the diary format though and it wasn't confusing for me going from past to present. The ending was a bit abrupt, though I think the story was the right length and there would have been information overload if it carried on.
All in all it was a gripping read and a 4* from me.
As time goes on you find out what is in store for Nick and not only has Amy become more devious she is in control of what happens to him, she has been very patient plotting and planning and to say more will mean too many spoilers. If you like a dark twisted tale this is for you, and throw in a toxic relationship well for me it was a no brainer
Let's begin with the positive. The first half is very well-written and builds the tension very well. 'Did he?' / 'Didn't he?' is very well worked through the first half.
As the second half unfolded it became not only a bit predictable, but also repetitive and fragmented. My edition had 460 pages and by page 300 I was just getting bored. I persevered to the end, and wished I hadn't. The ending is just wrong! It would never end like that if this happened in real life. OK it is fiction, but come on!
For my sins I am a budding author and read this book as part of my plot analysis of best sellers. We (budding authors) are encouraged to put a twist in at the end. Gone Girl doesn't have a twist - not really. What happens at the end left me thinking "Really? Are you for real? Why on earth would you end it like that?" I was left thinking: oh I get it; her agent wants her to write a sequel to Gone Girl - that's why it ends like this. Two-book gig kind of thing. Nope. And please don't write a sequel to this!
There are other strong positives however. The author is very good at creating a reaction in the reader. I was certainly most uncomfortable at times about the way she describes the way that long-term relationships go through twists & turns - and how the partners can see these in quite dramatically different ways. That is just good writing!
So (in my humble view) Gillian Flynn can write exceptionally powerful prose - I just find her plot construction very weak. I think she just ran out of ideas, and thought (probably under pressure of a publisher's deadline) "got it - know how to write the ending quickly." Mistake.
Firstly let me explain why Gone Girl only received four stars. This book was so close to a five-star rating but then the ending appeared. The book should have ended much sooner, instead I was left with an extremely disappointing ending. There were so many places the book could have stopped that would have left me in suspense or even wishing that the writer had written more. Instead I wish Flynn had stopped sooner.
But that is the only bit of moaning that you will get from me!
The book’s narrative is divided between the two main characters – Nick and Amy. Nick’s narrative begins from the day Amy goes missing, while Amy’s narrative (her diary) starts five years ago, on the day the couple met.
The story begins slowly exploring Nick and Amy’s relationship, their marriage woes and their financial troubles. While Nick is constantly questioned by the police and by Amy’s own parents. The second half of the story speeds up the pace as the characters reveal their true personalities and motives into Amy’s disappearance – and there’s a revelation, which was a shock.
The revelations in the book make it impossible to choose who is to blame for Amy’s disappearance. You think you have it figured out, your finger is about to point at someone, and then your theories get destroyed.
This book will make you question how well you really know someone. Do you know the real person or the mask? What motivates them?
Overall you may despise the characters, think that Nick and Amy both deserve each other but you will be completely drawn into this book as you are manipulated by the characters and begin to attempt to solve the crime yourself
There is a lot to enjoy in this book - I haven't seen the film yet so no idea how it compares - but the reason it's a 4 for me is the ending left me a little disappointed. I can't tell if there's a likelihood of a sequel or if the author has deliberately left it in this open-ended way which allows you to come to your own conclusions about what the future holds for her characters. I suspect it's the latter and judging by the reactions of my book club, some will love and some will hate that.
One of the better books I've read this year, will be looking for more of this author's work.
The characters are superbly drawn to illicit an ever-changing perspective of them, from intense dislike to sympathy, from sympathy to vigilance, and from vigilance to dislike. This is a story of manipulation and retribution with Amy and Nick, our two main characters, playing a power-dance of threat and revenge. The subtilities are wonderfully imagined and the precarious interactions are played out in the media where desire and action are keenly observed.
The writing is extremely clever and the layers that are developed are impressive. I understand why this book has received much applause, however, I did feel it lacked pace at times.
I would recommend this book.
And yet it was hard for me to care about this pair; I rooted first for Amy, then for Nick, but, pretty soon for no-one.
I say I didn't care, but I did want to know what happened to this pair who wholeheartedly deserved one another. The end seemed so implausible that maybe, in the skewed world of these two it was what might really have happened.
I really enjoyed the writing and will read more from Gillian Flynn but I hope to like at least one of the characters a little next time.
One of the most interesting things is how much you don't like Nick or Amy. Both are quite annoying, unreliable narrators, who put forward different perspectives on their relationship, and you find yourself trying to guess who is telling the truth. Just as you're sure that Nick must be guilty, there is a plot twist. I had read a spoiler for this twist so the impact was a bit diluted, but I don't think I would've seen it coming.
The second part of the book departs a bit from plausible reality, but is still good as you wonder how it's all going to turn out and if Nick will go to jail, especially as he makes mistake after mistake. I actually kind of wanted him to go down for Amy's murder, he was so annoying.
The only real downside to this book for me was the end. It seemed to go on and on, and then ended with a bit of a fizzle. I don't believe that Nick would've done (or not done, no spoilers) what he ended up doing (or not doing), it just didn't seem that realistic. Nevertheless, it is an entertaining read which leaves you wondering whodunnit, and has lots of layers and things to say about relationships and women/men/parents/the media etc.
I'm not sure exactly how it got so massively successful as it's good but a bit implausible. I would recommend it though.
I am happy to say this isn't the case with Gone Girl.
Firstly, I loved the writing style. It was clever and witty, and made some great observations of modern relationships. The plot moved along at a good pace, with plenty of interesting characters.
I loved the twist, and that it was at the midway point.
Lots of people have complained about the ending, and this was one of the reasons it took me so long to start reading it. I hate an unsatisfying ending!!!!! On this occasion, I would have to disagree with those reviewers. Maybe, because I wasn't expecting a complete resolution, it didn't bother me as much as it would have. So, don't be put off, the ending wraps up all of the loose ends, you just don't get to see how it all pans out long-term, though I could hazard a guess!
I will definitely be reading more from this author.
Halfway through there is an audacious plot twist, audacious because it takes some believing, but also because the author has to carry the reader through the rest of the book when the main mystery has been explained. From this point on, the book becomes a psychological thriller and the writing isn't nearly as sharp. The author does manage to keep control of her increasingly complex plot and it fair rattles along at the end, but at times, I found it difficult to care what happens.