The Resource Gone girl : a novel, Gillian Flynn

Gone girl : a novel, Gillian Flynn

Label
Gone girl : a novel
Title
Gone girl
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Gillian Flynn
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. 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 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 really know the one they love
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Award
  • Goodreads Choice Award, 2012.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2012.
  • Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, 2012.
  • RUSA Reading List, 2013.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ When Nick Dunne’s beautiful and clever wife, Amy, goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary, the media descend on the Dunnes’ Missouri McMansion with all the fury of a Dateline episode. And Nick stumbles badly, for, as it turns out, he has plenty to hide, and under the pressure of police questioning and media scrutiny, he tells one lie after another. Juxtaposed with Nick’s first-person narration of events are excerpts from Amy’s diary, which completely contradict Nick’s story and depict a woman who is afraid of her husband, has recently found out she’s pregnant, and had been looking to buy a gun for protection. In addition, Amy is famous as the model for her parents’ long-running and beloved children’s series, Amazing Amy. But what looks like a straighforward case of a husband killing his wife to free himself from a bad marriage morphs into something entirely different in Flynn’s hands. As evidenced by her previous work (Sharp Objects, 2006, and Dark Places, 2009), she possesses a disturbing worldview, one considerably amped up by her twisted sense of humor. Both a compelling thriller and a searing portrait of marriage, this could well be Flynn’s breakout novel. It contains so many twists and turns that the outcome is impossible to predict. -- Wilkinson, Joanne (Reviewed 05-01-2012) (Booklist, vol 108, number 17, p31)
  • /* Starred Review */ There’s the evil you can see coming—and then there’s Amy Elliott. Superficially, this privileged Gotham golden girl, inspiration for her psychologist-parents’ bestselling series of children’s books, couldn’t be further from the disturbingly damaged women of Edgar-finalist Flynn’s first two books, Sharp Objects and Dark Places. But as Amy’s husband, Nick Dunne, starts to realize after she disappears from their rented mansion in his Missouri hometown on their fifth anniversary—and he becomes the prime suspect in her presumed murder—underestimating Amy’s sick genius and twisted gamesmanship could prove fatal. Then again, charmer Nick may not be quite the corn-fed innocent he initially appears. Flynn masterfully lets this tale of a marriage gone toxically wrong gradually emerge through alternating accounts by Nick and Amy, both unreliable narrators in their own ways. The reader comes to discover their layers of deceit through a process similar to that at work in the imploding relationship. Compulsively readable, creepily unforgettable, this is a must read for any fan of bad girls and good writing. Agent: Stephanie Rostan, Levine Greenberg. (June) --Staff (Reviewed March 26, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 13, p)
  • Amy disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary, and while Nick has not been a model husband, could he really have killed her? It's soon evident that if Amy is dead, that's the least of the reader's worries. Flynn's last novel, Dark Objects , was a New York Times best seller, but this one is expected to break her out. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed January 1, 2012) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 21, p66)
  • /* Starred Review */ A perfect wife's disappearance plunges her husband into a nightmare as it rips open ugly secrets about his marriage and, just maybe, his culpability in her death. Even after they lost their jobs as magazine writers and he uprooted her from New York and spirited her off to his childhood home in North Carthage, Mo., where his ailing parents suddenly needed him at their side, Nick Dunne still acted as if everything were fine between him and his wife, Amy. His sister Margo, who'd gone partners with him on a local bar, never suspected that the marriage was fraying, and certainly never knew that Nick, who'd buried his mother and largely ducked his responsibilities to his father, stricken with Alzheimer's, had taken one of his graduate students as a mistress. That's because Nick and Amy were both so good at playing Mr. and Ms. Right for their audience. But that all changes the morning of their fifth anniversary when Amy vanishes with every indication of foul play. Partly because the evidence against him looks so bleak, partly because he's so bad at communicating grief, partly because he doesn't feel all that grief-stricken to begin with, the tide begins to turn against Nick. Neighbors who'd been eager to join the police in the search for Amy begin to gossip about him. Female talk-show hosts inveigh against him. The questions from Detective Rhonda Boney and Detective Jim Gilpin get sharper and sharper. Even Nick has to acknowledge that he hasn't come close to being the husband he liked to think he was. But does that mean he deserves to get tagged as his wife's killer? Interspersing the mystery of Amy's disappearance with flashbacks from her diary, Flynn (Dark Places, 2009, etc.) shows the marriage lumbering toward collapse--and prepares the first of several foreseeable but highly effective twists. One of those rare thrillers whose revelations actually intensify its suspense instead of dissipating it. The final pages are chilling.(Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2012)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10078827
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1971-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Flynn, Gillian
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Interest level
Grades 9-12
LC call number
PS3606.L935
LC item number
G66 2012
Literary form
fiction
NLM call number
Fiction
NLM item number
F648g
Reading level
5.6
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
2018 Great American Read
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Husbands
  • Married people
  • Wives
  • Missouri
  • Secrets
  • Diaries
  • Wives
  • Married people
  • Husbands
  • Missouri
Label
Gone girl : a novel, Gillian Flynn
Link
http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/fox/gonegirl/
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Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Boy loses girl -- pt. 2. Boy meets girl -- pt. 3. Boy gets girl back (or vice versa)
Control code
ocn753624684
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
419 pages
Isbn
9780553418354
Lccn
2011041525
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)753624684
Label
Gone girl : a novel, Gillian Flynn
Link
http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/fox/gonegirl/
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Boy loses girl -- pt. 2. Boy meets girl -- pt. 3. Boy gets girl back (or vice versa)
Control code
ocn753624684
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
419 pages
Isbn
9780553418354
Lccn
2011041525
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)753624684

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