Gone Girl: A Novel

Editorial reviews

Gone Girl: A Novel

The writing is spot-on in Gone Girl. It is sharp and witty and edgy.

So, if you are looking for an antidote to conventional romance, if you long for a love story gone wonderfully wrong, read Gone Girl.

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.

It’s simply fantastic: terrifying, darkly funny and at times moving. The minute I finished it I wanted to start it all over again.

Chicago author Flynn excels at creating generally odious characters who still seduce readers into investing in their stories.

“Gone Girl” is this author’s third novel, after “Sharp Objects” and “Dark Places.” “Dark Places,” in particular, drew attention from mystery aficionados, but “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.

An early contender for thriller of the year and an absolute must read.