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Updated: Jul 03, 2012 12:25 PM EDT

Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn's suspense novel "Gone Girl" (Photo : http://gillian-flynn.com/)

 

Many say that when two people in love get married, everything that was good in the relationship goes bad. Is this really true? Suspense writer Gillian Flynn gives us a groundbreaking example in her novel, "Gone Girl."

"Gone Girl," which was published in June 2012 and has become a New York Times bestseller, is about a young married couple whose marriage gets turned upside down. Amy and Nick, the two narrators of the story, once were a perfect young love who lived in Manhattan. After losing their jobs and moving to a small town in Missouri, the marriage starts disintegrating. On their fifth anniversary, Amy disappears.

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Flynn writes a crime novel that notes about marriage life and how it can really be. Salon.com calls "Gone Girl" "a good crime novel."

Janet Maslin from the New York Times said, ""Ice-pick-sharp... Spectacularly sneaky... Impressively cagey... 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. And if you have any doubts about whether Ms. Flynn measures up to Patricia Highsmith's level of discreet malice, go back and look at the small details. Whatever you raced past on a first reading will look completely different the second time around."

People magazine called the novel "an irresistible summer thriller" and the Associated Press said, "It's simply fantastic: terrifying, darkly funny and at times moving." USA Today gave Flynn's novel three out of four stars and said, "Will astound readers who will roll over, look at their mate and wonder, 'Who are you, really?'"

According to Flynn's website, she wrote for Entertainment Weekly for 10 years, visiting film sets and critiquing them. In 2006, she wrote her first novel called "Sharp Objects." This book won two of Britain's Dagger Awards, which was the first book to win multiple Daggers in one year.

Flynn's second novel, 2009 New York Times bestseller "Dark Places," was a Weekend TODAY Top Summer Read and Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009. Earlier this year, it was announced that Gilles Paquet-Brenner will be adapting "Dark Places" to the big screen, according to the Huffington Post.

If you are looking for a summer read, you might want to pick this up and add it your "great novels" selections.

 

 

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