Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Arguably the thriller of summer 2012, and already on its way to the big screen, Gone Girl is a psychological mystery/thriller featuring a husband who awakes on his fifth wedding anniversary to find his wife disappeared. As an investigation begins, a dark past of secrecy is revealed as the husband becomes the prime suspect.
Reviewer: Alison Flood
"Flynn, an extraordinarily good writer, plays her readers with the finesse and delicacy of an expert angler. She wields her unreliable narrators – and just who are they? – to stunning effect, baffling, disturbing and delighting in turn, practically guaranteeing an immediate reread once her terrifying, wonderful conclusion is reached."
Reviewer: Yvonne Zipp
"Veteran mystery readers may see as far as the opening of the second act, but Flynn has more surprises in store on her way to the sucker-punch of an ending. It is, in a word, amazing."
Reviewer: Janet Maslin
"“Gone Girl” is Ms. Flynn’s dazzling breakthrough. It is wily, mercurial, subtly layered and populated by characters so well imagined that they’re hard to part with — even if, as in Amy’s case, they are already departed."
Reviewer: Seth Harwood
"Gillian Flynn's new novel, "Gone Girl," is that rare thing: a book that thrills and delights while holding up a mirror to how we live....Timely, poignant and emotionally rich, "Gone Girl" will peel away your comfort levels even as you root for its protagonists - despite your best intuition."
Reviewer: Laura Miller
"As “Gone Girl” works itself up into an aria of ingenious, pitch-black comedy (or comedic horror — it’s a bit of both), its very outlandishness teases out a truth about all magnificent partnerships..."
Reviewer: Ellen Wernecke
"A relentless page-turner, Gone Girl revels in the lack of happy outcomes for its ill-fated couple, whose terrifying normalcy is slowly peeled away, with financial woes and family arguments coming to light."
Reviewer: John O'Connell
"An age-old set-up, but what Flynn does with it elevates this psychological thriller into the top rank."
Reviewer: Marilyn Stasio
"Gillian Flynn’s latest novel of psychological suspense will confound anyone trying to keep up with her quicksilver mind and diabolical rules of play....The trickery is in the devilish way she tells their story."