'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn Tops 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' 'Fifty Shades Darker' on New York Times Bestseller List
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"Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn is #2 on the E-Book Fiction list. Ever since "Fifty Shades of Grey" become popular, it has filled in the top three spots forever. Now, the crime novel has sneaked its way on past two of the most popular novels around.
It is, however, #1 on the Hardcover Fiction list and #4 on the Combined E-Book and Fiction list. It has been on all lists for 13 weeks. Published by Crown, it was released June 5, 2012.
The book is described:
Marriage can be a real killer.
One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work "draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction." Gone Girl's toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being 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 the 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 know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn't do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.
It was recently announced that the bestselling novel will be coming to the big screen.
According to Deadline, in a summer auction that reached seven-figures, 20th Century Fox acquired "Gone Girl." The film adaption will be produced by Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea, along with Leslie Dixon. Flynn will write the screenplay.
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."
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?'"
Some stars to play Amy and Nick are Reese Witherspoon herself, Jude Law, and Matt Damon.