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Checking Out Gone Girl

"The most checked-out book from the Chicago Public Library this year was the thriller Gone Girl by Ukrainian Village-based author Gillian Flynn," Kyla Gardner reports for DNAinfo Chicago.

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"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. As the Washington Post proclaimed, 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 with deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn."

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"In several interviews, Flynn has said that she was interested in exploring the psychology and dynamics of a long-term relationship. In portraying her principal characters who are out-of-work writers, she made use of her own experience being laid off from her job as a writer for Entertainment Weekly."

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"[A] two-sided contest in which Nick and Amy tell conflicting stories. Each addresses the reader: Nick in the present tense, and Amy by way of an italics-filled, giddily emotional diary about the marriage. Both Nick and Amy are extremely adept liars, and they lied to each other a lot. Now they will lie to you."

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"As 2013 draws to a close, there's one novel this year that has resonated with UK readers through all four seasons: Gillian Flynn's dark thriller Gone Girl.

"Published in mass market paperback on 3 January 2013, the book has seen incredible sales, both physical and digital. To date, we have sold over 1,000,000 physical copies and over 500,000 eBooks."

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"Flynn's page-turner alternates perspectives, so readers are invited into both characters' minds, a potential storytelling challenge for the filmmakers. 'I don't want to give away too much, because if you know the book, you know that there are set of reveals that you would want to maintain the integrity of,' says Affleck. 'But I will say that Gillian adapted it and I think it's very, very faithful to her book. If you read the book and liked it, you will definitely like the movie.'

"Gone Girl, which is slated for release on Oct. 3, 2014, has been filming in Missouri and California and is aiming to wrap in February."

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Exclusive first read on NPR.

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Flynn on The Interview Show.

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Flynn on The View.

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Posted on December 16, 2013


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