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Published by Weidenfeld, 24 May 2012. ISBN:
This tale of obsession and
vengeance was startling, even shocking, in a number of ways, especially as the
twisted revelations of Gillian Flynn's dark story began to emerge. The
eventual disclosure of the villain's identity was a genuinely stunning jolt.
Perhaps Nick, the supposed hero, is a bit of a whinger, but nonetheless
he's a charming and successful magazine writer. Amy is rich and
charismatic, the only child of parents who together have created a hugely
lucrative series of Amazing Amy books. Naturally, Nick and Amy
fall in love and get married. Then things start to go wrong.
Downsized from his position, and joined in redundancy by Amy, he decides
fairly arbitrarily to move from Manhattan to Carthage, Missouri,
where he grew up. Ah ha, I thought. Deep South Gothic, here we
come. But how wrong I was. Much more than a gothic horror, this
book casts a cold eye on marriage and how a golden partnership can too easily
Okay, so Nick (kind of) forgot it was their wedding anniversary. But
she'll forgive her lovable bumbler, won't she? And then she disappears
completely, leaving behind blood on the kitchen floor, and diaries which show
him in a very much less than flattering light. Suspicion naturally falls
on him. The police, her parents and her friends all consider him guilty,
however much he denies it (well, he would, wouldn't he?).
The narrative switches between Nick's and Amy's accounts of what has
happened between them over the five years they have been together.
Neither of the characters is what they seem to be, and frankly, neither is very
likable, but that is part of this ingenious plot. The book is slow to
take off, but halfway through begins to grip like a vice, impossible to put
down as it crashes and whacks it way toward its sinister and chilling
It's difficult to go into Gone Girl in any detail, without giving away the
high-end denouement. The final page contains one of the most toxic pieces
of conversation I've ever read
Flynnwas 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 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,
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.She moved to New York City and joined Entertainment
Weekly magazine, where she wrote happily for 10 years. Her2006 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. Movie rights have been sold.
Gillian’s second novel, Dark Places
was a 2009 New York Times bestseller and again movie rights have been
sold. Gillian’swork has been published
in twenty-eight countries. She lives in Chicago
with her husband, Brett Nolan, their son, and a giant black cat named Roy. In theory she is
working on her next novel. In reality she is possibly playing Ms. Pac-Man in
her basement lair.
Susan Moodywas born in Oxford is the principal nom de plumeof Susan Elizabeth Donaldson, née Horwood, a
British novelist best known for her suspense novels. She is a former Chairman
of the Crime Writer's Association, served as World President of the
International Association of Crime Writers, and was elected to the prestigious
Detection Club. Susan Moody has given numerous courses on writing crime fiction
and continues to teach creative writing in England,
France, Australia, the USA
and Denmark.In addition to her many stand alone books,
Susan has written two series, on featuring PI Penny Wanawake
(seven books) and a series of six books featuring bridge player Cassie Swan.