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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Book Summary

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The “mercilessly entertaining” (Vanity Fair) instant classic “about the nature of identity and the terrible secrets that can survive and thrive in even the most intimate relationships” (Lev Grossman, Time)—now featuring never-before-published deleted scenes

NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Janet Maslin, The New York Times • People • Entertainment Weekly • O: The Oprah Magazine • Slate • Kansas City Star • USA Today • Christian Science Monitor

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? 

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY San Francisco Chronicle • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • The Chicago Tribune • HuffPost • Newsday

Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn) Book Reviews

BrilliantI enjoyed every minute of this book!.Score: 5/5

Gone. GirlI am a avid reader and will read just about any thing I can get my hands on. But I found this book very difficult to stay with. It had a poor plot and failed to keep my attention..Score: 2/5

Interesting but unexpected endingIt's kind of a story that has unexpected ending..Score: 4/5

AmazingAmazing...just like all of Gillian Flynn's work..Score: 5/5

Love😍My favorite book!.Score: 5/5

Gone girlI love it So much.Score: 5/5

Terribly DisappointingI found the writing to be extremely juvenile. Every time I put this book down I dread picking it back up. I love reading, but this book felt like such a waste of time..Score: 1/5

Clever, but exhaustingWell, overall its a fun read, very well written with some razor sharp observations and clever phrasing. Gillian Flynn is obviously very talented. But...the story is so deeply cynical and amazingly profane. I'm certainly no prude but there were more F-bombs and C-words here than several Scorcesse films combined . And as I neared the end, I was ready for it all to be over. The two lead characters are so despicable, and I was tired of being their heads. I just wanted to take a gun and shoot them both to put them (and myself) out of misery.Score: 3/5

👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼A very thrilling book and it has you on the edge of your seat!.Score: 5/5

Love her books!!Amazing.Score: 5/5

Now time to watch the movieThis book was a wild ride. Twist after twist. Not going to lie, after the first twist with the husband I was so mad that I stopped reading for a week. It was just that good. 10/10.Score: 5/5

It doesn’t get any better than this!It doesn’t! Second time through and I’ll read it again I’m sure in another couple of years!.Score: 5/5

Disturbing... yet satisfyingThe book itself is pretty interesting and something that isn't easy to put down... but at the same time its going to tug at all your values and make you really wonder whose side you want to be on and then hate ourself for being on either side. It's pretty intense. I think that it does do a great job in illustrating the difficulties that both men and women have in respect to one another within some relationships, though both side's responses to the negative is blown waaaayyy up for the viewer's entertainment. The book is a little explicit in regards to sex and language so that is something to keep in mind before purchasing the book. Not saying that it's good or bad, just because it's one of those books that will become what you make of it..Score: 4/5

Gone girlI want to throw this book out of the window.Score: 1/5

Great bookAwesome book. When is part 2 coming? Lol.Score: 5/5

Don't waste your timeAfter hearing all the good reviews, I was excited to read this book. I don't know why it got even one good review. None of the characters were at all likable, the story was completely unrealistic. Half way through the book I stopped caring about how it was going to end and simply wanted it to end..Score: 1/5

Loved this booked!This was a great book. It was extremely well written and I was so sucked in I read it in under 24 hours. Even with the ending (which doesn't go the way we want) I didn't see it as "lazy" like some others did I saw it as chilling and different..Score: 5/5

LovedLoved the book! Loved the story. Wasn't pleased with the ending. Need a another book to see what happens!!.Score: 5/5

The movie is actually better than the book -I'm an avid reader, and always watch movies of books I enjoyed. Reading is always more in depth, detailed, interesting than the movie. *Not in this case* 1st chapter of the Grapes of Wrath about the turtle crossing the dirt road kind of detail. BORING! The shallow and uninteresting characters drag on and on. The movie is cheaper to rent and far more entertaining than this horrid read..Score: 1/5

GoodIt was a good read and enjoyed every bit of it.Score: 4/5

MelodiousmichaelHard to believe this book was a bestseller. Boring story, unlikable characters and poorly written. I will never read a book by this author again..Score: 1/5

Gone girlA book where you hate all parties for their stupidity. And an awful non-ending..Score: 1/5

Worth your timeVery well written. I love Gillian Flynn's figurative language. The characters were multidimensional and realistic. Definitely not overhyped. I avoided it for a long time just because it's so popular, but I liked it way more than I expected..Score: 4/5

Seriously?This is awful! Omg those diary entries from Amy! I can't finish it..Score: 1/5

I still hate the endingIt's thrilling and shocking book with some shocking twist and turns. Although I still hate the ending..Score: 4/5

AWESOME!I have never read a book with so many unbelievable twists and turns. Just when you imagine the outcome, you are headed in another direction. I couldn't put this book down, and I am recommending it to others..Score: 5/5

Awesome WritingIt’s funny that most of the bad reviews are expressing the feelings the author wanted you to feel and I love that. Both main characters are not good people, and that really screws with you throughout the book..Score: 5/5

Don't believe these other reviews!Gone Girl is an astonishing psychological thriller from a master of suspense. Never a dull moment. Worth every page. Some People are upset, because the book doesn't have an "ending that satisfies." Most real true crimes don't. This is supposed to be as realistic as possible. Enjoy the book! You're in for a ride of a lifetime!.Score: 5/5

That Really Happen?When I first picked up the book, I thought it was a little predictable, but I was so wrong! Loved it! Wish it didn’t end!.Score: 5/5

PhenomenalI have never written a review before. This is my first and it’s because the book was so astounding. This book has so many twists and turns and the author weaves you through them flawlessly and guides you to what she wants you to feel at that point in the book. You hate a character until you don’t, you love others and she plays with the antagonist and protagonist roles in a way I have never seen done before. They are fluid. Highly recommend to anyone that likes a page turner. My only critique is that I felt empty at the very end. Left wanting more. Or a different ending. But the author earned the right throughout this masterpiece to end it anyway she pleased and while it wasn’t the ending I hoped for it was true to the story. I hope this helps., if you are reading my review. If you are undecided please let me help you. Read this book..Score: 5/5

IntenseThis author is amazing..Score: 5/5

Horrible endingI actually enjoyed the book, but the ending was horrible..Score: 2/5

By Adventures with BrianneThis book was a good read! It kept me on my toes throughout the whole book. There were so many things that went on in the story, and you never knew what was going to happen next. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a twisted tale, as well as someone who loves a little thriller with a little mystery. It is a twisted romance novel that makes you want to learn what happens next..Score: 5/5

Disappointed with the endingThe book was pretty good and it was a page turner throughout the book but I do not appreciate the way it ended. I feel like there was a lot put into the book for the author to end it as it did..Score: 3/5

Loved iyOh my freaking god i loved this book soo much and the movie is even better if you like horror this book and movie is for u.Score: 5/5

Great book!Awesome, easy read. For adults, but you must be pretty open minded to read the book..Score: 4/5

Great Book, Disappointing EndingIt was totally worth the hype! I finished reading this book in about two days and up until the reveal I couldn’t figure out what happened to Amy. I thought this book was better than The Girl on the Train (which I read before this) and was a little more twisted. He really thought of everything in this story. The only thing I really didn’t like about the book was the ending…I was SO disappointed..Score: 5/5

Don’t waste your timeI have enjoyed other books by this author, but this one was awful. The story began normal and interesting, then morphed into something ridiculous and unbelievable, with the main characters being people who couldn’t exist. Unless, I guess, if people don’t have anything even resembling a normal relationship. For the rest of their lives..Score: 1/5

Disappointing endFast paced, couldn’t put it down and then about 3/4 of the way through it slowed down a lot. I almost skipped to the end and then it just stopped. I was very disappointed in how it ended. It wasn’t a good ending that left you thinking, it was the kind that made you wonder why you read it in the first place..Score: 3/5

Torturous, all but 10 pagesTo say the first half was slow, would be an understatement. Saying "I just didn't care for this novel" would be a bald-faced lie. It was as though the first and second halves were written by completely different people. The first half was akin to wading through molasses carrying a 50 lb. nap sack against 70 mph wind. However, giving up would've left me forever wondering if I'd missed the best part of the story. You know what? There wasn't one. I'd like to have the wasted hours added back to my life on Earth -- or at least a mind eraser to help me forget about these self-indulgent sociopaths forever..Score: 1/5

Overhyped! Thrilling story, poor writingI have loved reading from a very young age. I found Flynn’s style to be painfully boring to read, despite my anticipation of the dramatic story unfolding. I grew tired of trying to finish it, and I’m never one to stop reading a book before completion..Score: 2/5

BORING!!This was one of the most boring, annoying, and useless books I have ever read. The characters were just plain unlikable and whiny, and I almost quit reading it for good on numerous occasions. I heard the movie was better than the book, and I don't see how that could be possible unless the screenwriter rewrote entire story. Total waste of time and money!.Score: 1/5

Brilliantly evilAnother book that proves, "the book is better than the movie". Loved every second, every twist and turn..Score: 5/5

Just amazingAmazing! My favorite book!.Score: 5/5

Easy readAnother great book!.Score: 5/5

HorribleHorrible ending.Score: 1/5

Pretty GoodVery manipulative story. I think it was hyped up too much. Going to watch the movie now!.Score: 4/5

Good readDespite the bad reviews, I really enjoyed this. The ending wasn't the best, I can agree with that. I feel like the ending suits the characters and the situation well. I would recommend..Score: 5/5

Disappointing endingI really liked the premise of this book and it was a nice read, but the ending was terrible! What are the readers supposed to think when the person that the author makes us hate ends up triumphing? Blech..Score: 2/5

ALMOST MASTERPIECEA good book, probably the best book, she will write. It depicts Amy as a suave and sophisticated New Yorker, who is slightly anti-American, in regards to traditional values, and a little too much focus on PC for my liking, with a steady jaundiced eye towards those people, who love God and Country. An example, as Amy points out in reference to a female, whom she meets duirng her travels: “Her bookshelves were stocked with coffee-table crap: We Remember 9/11.” Also, at times, the italics duirng a conversation are not clearly evident, if the speaker is talking to themselves or out loud. It could have been a masterpiece, she missed the mark though..Score: 5/5

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One Ending I Wouldn't Mind The Movies ChangingI downloaded this book after seeing a few posters for it on the subway. I hadn't really heard much about it other then they were making it into a movie. The first half of the book is really great. It's told in two parts: one being present time with the husband and the second part being from the diary of the wife. It's really interesting to see the two characters in the light they see themselves vs. the light that their partner sheds. The second half of the book is where is starts to taper off. I really felt like it was kind of just thrown together, not really thought through with the same detail that the beginning had. If it wasn't for the first half I would have rated this book 3 stars..Score: 4/5

Gone OriginalityI really did want to like this book however it lacked imagination. Every character seemed to be pulled out of the news - shades of convicted wife killer Scott Petersen, news sensationalist Nancy Grace....you get the picture. Did the author not have the talent to form her own characters? The storyline was not gripping, definitely not a pageturner. In fact I had to force myself to complete this book. The ending was a complete letdown. Overall, I found this book to be very amateurish and regret wasting my money on it..Score: 2/5

Maybe if there is a part two the author can get it rightI started this book after reading the reviews, almost all said the beginning was boring and the ending "iffy" but good in the middle. I found the whole book boring, it's a mash of a couple of movies and a CNN show. I was never surprised by any "twist" or "turn" all very predictable. It read like an authors first novel, desperately trying to fool the reader. The ending was so unbelievable it was almost comical. As if anyone gets away with what these people in this book did. Some characters were a waste of space not really adding to the story like the father of one of the main characters. Perhaps the movie will be better than the book the opposite of what usually is. And the author will do a part two and get it right the second time around. I would not recommend this book..Score: 1/5

Just finished gone girlI read a lot & has been a while before found a book so entirely captivating and a 'can't put down'. Loved how this was a entirely 'raw truth' look at relationships. Recommend this book entirely..Score: 5/5

Great readI really liked this book. It goes back and forth between narrators so you get the whole story. Enjoyable murder mystery novel.Score: 4/5

Gone GirlI started and finished four different books while I was trying to complete this book. as another reviewer noted the start of this book was hard to slog through. Once I made it through a very boring start, I started to get pulled into the story. It was different, and once finished I enjoyed it..Score: 3/5

Loved itI could not put this book down. I have no idea how anyone could have felt any differently! Flynn is a witty and brilliant writer. Loved her style..Score: 5/5

Wow just wow.Take out the first quarter of this book and throw it away. Then the entire book would be extremely captivating! Other than the boring start, this book was so captivating with twist, turns, shocks, and more. I'm still out to lunch on the ending but at least I can say "didn't see that coming." What a sick, twisted story (in a complimentary way)..Score: 4/5

UghSeriously such a disappointing ending!! Started off slow, then hooked me and I couldn't put it down, then such a dull ending. Ruined a good book.Score: 3/5

Gone GirlI enjoyed this book right up until the end...but what a disappointment....it was as if the author had wanted to get the book over with quickly..Score: 2/5

OffensiveI found the story line fairly interesting after the first half but all I found all the offensive language quite disgusting. I don't think it added a thing to the book and I will never read another book from this writer if you can call this writing..Score: 2/5

EndingGreat book, just wish it had a better ending :(.Score: 4/5

Couldn't put it down!I really enjoyed this book. My favourite read this year by far! I loved the 2 sided narrative, kept the pages turning so I could find out what happens next. I'm still a bit bothered by the ending, I expected more out of the character I thought I knew. But still didn't see it coming so the ending was unique I guess. I highly recommend this book!.Score: 5/5

Page turner but...This book was a great read however the ending was a real disappointment. It was like s Gillian said "ok need to wrap this up, let's end it here" This was the first of Gillian's books I have read..Score: 4/5

Amazing!This was honestly just a great book from start to finish. I could not put it down! It was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone! Fantastic!.Score: 5/5

Gone girlI absolutely loved this book. Could not put it down, it's the best book I have read in years and I would heartily recommend it to anyone. Lyla devreeze.Score: 5/5

Good readThis is my first Flynn book. It was good. But not great. There were at times a very suspenseful read. It took 3 attempts to start the book. I have never read a book with such a poor ending. Very dissatisfying..Score: 2/5

Gone girlThe book was great, excellent writing . The ending was meh... still a fantastic read though !.Score: 4/5

First part better than the lastIt gets kind of silly and the writing deteriorates.Score: 3/5

Gone Girl a GREAT READI honestly did not know what to expect when I downloaded this book. I was prepared to be disappointed and to be truthful expected not to like it. Started reading just after I got on the plane for a 10 hour flight. Finished before I landed. This is an excellent read, well developed characters well paced and well worth the read. Money well spent.Score: 5/5

AmazingThis book leaves you wanting more!.Score: 5/5

Ok readNot worth all the hype.Score: 3/5

FrustratingI read thrillers for entertainment. And this book had it until the end. I hated how this book was ended. I guess I was really not supposed to be entertained. I was supposed to "feel" like being entertained until I find out I am not. Was a waste reading it. I will give the author credit for her writing style, it was unique. But seriously, I don't read so I can give my opinion about society and politics stuff and what not. Kinda disappointed..Score: 2/5

Gone girlCouldn't put it down and smartly written..Score: 5/5

Fantastic!Knew it had great reviews but wasn't expecting it to be this good..loved the twist !!.Score: 5/5

A good ReadA very exciting, page turning book. Ending may be a bit disappointing.Score: 5/5

Gone girlForced myself to read the whole thing and that's all I'll say.Score: 2/5

Reminds me of my first wife who suffered from multiple personality disorder. Very scaryGilliian nails it, well done, have to see the movie now for sure.Score: 5/5

GOONE GIRRL!!!It was a well written book😊. It will keep u going and attach till the end because for every page, the author has done a great job. Its full of twist till from the very last page. Amy and Nick are very unique characters but touches true stories of women and men. It also tackles how justice become unjust by how Nick portrays the character. Overall its an awesome novel, which for every dollar spend to buy this book is all worth it😊.Score: 5/5

Loved itLiterally could not stop reading! The ending was a bit of a let down but over all two thumbs up!.Score: 5/5

Gone GirlLoved every page up until the very last one, a very unsatisfactory and somewhat lazy ending..Score: 4/5

Gone girlEnjoyed Flynn's first two books- this one is better. Loved the two person perspective and the twist was well done. Definitely a good read !.Score: 4/5

MesmerizingI can’t begin to explain how much I love this book. I started reading this with my boyfriend, and we were hooked from the first page. Such a page turner, and infinitely better than the movie. Must read!.Score: 5/5

Not impressThought it would be a fantastic read. I had to force myself through it just to be completely disappointed in the ending.Score: 2/5

Great butGreat read with lots of twists. Right up to the last page. Crappy, lazy ending..Score: 3/5

Meh...The storeyline was good, the end seemed rushed. I was disappointed by the ending it could have been so much more!.Score: 3/5

Not what I thought it would beThis book was a great read! Loved the two-sided story of husband and wife. The twist was unexpected. Can't wait to read more of this authors books..Score: 5/5

Awesome bookIt was awesome book I loved it good job.Score: 5/5

Gone GurlLoved it, could not put it down..Score: 4/5

Great readSlow start but then I couldn't put it down. It's a real twist and turns novel and I was constantly jumping from Nick's side to Amy's side throughout it. Great points of view captured. Big cliffhangers and shocking turns. Really captivating, enjoyable read with lots of interesting points regarding gender, psychology & human behaviour..Score: 4/5

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