Gone Girl

By Gillian Flynn

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Crown Publishers, 2012

This book has had over eight hundred holds on it in my library system for the past couple of months.  It is the must read of 2012.  I think I first became aware of it through EarlyWord, but it wasn’t until I put a hold on it for a patron that I decided to get on the waiting list myself.  The patron was raving about what she had heard about it and it got me curious.  I had been waiting at least a couple of months – I was around 250 on the waiting list – when I saw an express copy come through my library.  The express copies are the ones that don’t go on reserve. 

I have to say that I believe it is worthy of all the hype it has been getting.  It is very suspenseful and keeps one on edge throughout the entire story.  It also has funny parts – disturbingly funny parts.  The characters are very flawed and very believable.  It is a mystery, but it is also a story about marriage.  The story is written in first person from both Nick and Amy’s perspectives (husband and wife).  It truly is an amazing story.

Genres: Mystery, suspense, thriller, crime thriller

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780307588364

Audience: Adult

Number of pages: 415 (419 including Acknowledgments)

Setting: New York City, North Carthage, Hannibal, & St. Louis, Missouri, The Ozarks

Time period: 2005 – present

Subject headings:

From Pima County Public Library:

Husbands — Fiction.

Married people — Fiction.

Wives — Crimes against — Fiction.

FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General.

FICTION / Suspense.

FICTION / Thrillers.

Mystery fiction.

Similar works:

Die for You by Lisa Unger

The Breaker by Minette Walters

Before I go to Sleep by S.J. Watson


Gillian Flynn’s website

2 thoughts on “Gone Girl

  1. susanbright says:

    Our book club met to discuss Gone Girl last week. While many of us downloaded the book and others bought it, one of our members was on that waiting list you were talking about. She finally got her copy the day before the meeting so she did not make it to the meeting. Gone Girl was a real page turner!

  2. Sarah says:

    I would have skipped the meeting as well. I don’t like spoilers. She’ll probably have some things to say about it at your next meeting, though.

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