Gillian Flynn’s New Thriller Gone Girl

“Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl reminds me of Patricia Highsmith at the top of her game.”
–Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of Fallen

“I cannot say this urgently enough: you have to read Gone Girl. It’s as if Gillian Flynn has mixed us a martini using battery acid instead of vermouth and somehow managed to make it taste really, really good. Gone Girl is delicious and intoxicating and delightfully poisonous.”
–Scott Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Ruins and A Simple Plan

Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn, takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. As The Washington Post proclaimed, her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit with deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick Dunne isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but hearing from Amy through flashbacks in her diary reveal the perky 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? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister Margo at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was left in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

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Employing her trademark razor-sharp writing and assured psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Excerpt

gillian-flynnGILLIAN FLYNN’s debut novel, Sharp Objects, was an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two of Britain’s Dagger Awards. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Brett Nolan, and a rather giant cat named Roy. Gone Girl will be available wherever books are sold June 5, 2012.


RIFers, exciting news: Gillian Flynn has agreed to be a Guest Editor of RIF! She’ll curate several sections, bringing her distinctly brilliant and sharp-witted voice to our pages. Watch for her in the coming weeks!

About Kira Walton

Kira Walton

KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor.

  • Pattie

    I love Karin Slaughter’s books and believe what she tells about this book Gone Girl. Looking forward to reading it. It sounds like it will be a fast page turner book that I will get thoroughly absorbed in.

  • Donna Edwards

    I would love to win this book. It sounds like a wonderful read. I have been looking for a book with a twist and keep me on the edge of my seat, flipping pages until the end. I have not won a book on RIF yet but, fingers crossed this will be the one I do. 🙂

  • ALexandria rivera

    Hi there I would love to read gone girl by Gillian Flynn sounds like a really great book. Everyone should also read sharp objects by Gillian Flynn I loved it.

  • Marie

    This book sounds intriguing. I sound like it might be a winner.

  • Hira Hasnain (Enamored Soul)

    “Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn is one of my most favorite books in the whole wide world. That story kept me awake long after is finished that novel. As a matter of fact, it affected me so strongly, I began researching like a mad person about the murder of a family, that took place in my hometown, Chino Hills (California). I’d absolutely die of giddiness if I was to procure a chance to read Gillian Flynn’s latest novel. Thank you for this amazing opportunity!

  • Holly Howard

    What a great idea:)

  • Cheryl Schramm

    I would read this!

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  • Kathy S

    Just found out I won a copy of this book. Can’t wait to get started on it. Thanks RIF!

  • aman

    Looks like a great read!

  • Tanya

    Sounds interesting! Different from my usual reads. Would love to try it out.

  • Sarah Z.

    This sounds like a great book!

  • Kathleen

    There are already 28 reviews on – nothing less than four stars. I’d like to read this book.

  • Suzanne Slattery

    Can’t wait to read this book!

  • Kayo

    I seriously couldn’t put this book down. The author, Gillian Flynn, took you on such a roller coaster ride!
    The marriage of Nick and Amy was like no other. It was truly hard to tell who was doing all the lying. I felt myself rooting for one of them, and just a page or so later, rooting for the other. Very easy reading, but such complex matters. Loved this book. One of my top picks of the year so far. I will be looking for the authors other books. Thanks so much for an awesome book!

  • Kelli Elmore

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a free copy of this book.

  • Mandy

    I would love to read this! This is my genre of book!

  • Kris C

    Never read a book from this author before but sure want to now!

  • nylne

    I would love to try this book.!

  • Cathy

    This book lulled me into its dark depths. Flynn weaves the story of Amy’s disappearance through Nick’s narrative and Amy’s past diary entries. This initially provides the reader with the benefit of multiple perspectives. Later in the book, it will leave the reader questioning everything that came before.

    At first, the main characters, Nick and Amy, appear to be an average couple. As the book progresses, Flynn adds many layers to them and they become real people that you can picture in your life. You can overlook some of their faults because you connect emotionally with them.

    Flynn is masterful at twisting and turning the plot without relying on standard ploys. You will be surprised again and again, and then once more.

    Gone Girl starts with a bang and the momentum never lets up. You just can’t stop turning the pages because you have to satisfy the hunger to know the ending.

  • Marty

    This book held my interest from beginning to end, getting really exciting about 1/2 way through — I did not think of what was really happening. The ending was not exactly to my taste, but I can recommend this mystery and will be looking for her other books.

  • Lori

    I won this book from Read It Forward. This was definitely a page turner, I didn’t want to put it down. It’s the story of Nick and Amy, a husband and wife at their 5th wedding anniversary. They are both writers, and live in New York. They both end up losing their jobs, and move back to his hometown to help his twin sister manage their dying mother and problematic father. They both started out their marriage not really being the personalities that they really are. And when they do both start acting like their true selves, that’s when the trouble really starts. I loved that this book was written in a he said, she said format. You can’t really tell who to love and who to hate. I found this book funny at times, and full of twists and turns. I really liked and enjoyed this book, but I have to say, the ending always makes or breaks a book for me, and I didn’t really care for the ending. Without giving anything away, I was pretty shocked at the ending, not at all what I had expected, or hoped would happen. But if you like creepy, you’ll love the ending.

  • Ingrid

    This book was twisted in every sense of the word. It took a little for me to get into it, but about half way through the perspective changed and I was hooked. Very interestingly written from both main characters’ perspectives…never really knowing who is telling the truth. It was a great read and it piqued my interest to look into reading the author’s other books. Thanks so much for the ‘early read’ opportunity.

  • Anita Urban

    This book is a roller coaster. It starts a little slow but hang on you will get the ride of your life. Just when you thought you had it figured out it does a 360. I couldn’t put it down. Best novel I have read in a very long time.

  • Anne

    I got into the book fairly easy, and enjoyed reading it….I think…. I found myself hating every character at some point in the book, but I think that is because the characters were written well, like you knew them. I will be sharing this book

  • Deb Gibbs

    I loved it!! I couldn’t stop turning the pages. It was smart, funny and the twists and turns had you guessing right up until the very end. I will definitely recommend it to all of my friends.

  • Elizabeth

    I always say I never win anything – but not anymore! Can’t wait to get my hands on Gone Girl. Thanks Crown Publishing!!

  • Elizabeth

    Ms. Flynn,
    I love you portrayal of real, gutsy women. Which of your characters has inherited a bit of your personality?

  • samantha

    I hated it. The shallow characters in a story that did not have me turning pages and it should not take over 200 pages to peak any interest. I actually rooted for all the characters to drown in the Mississippi.

    Sociopaths are far more interesting that Amazing Amy.

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