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Gone Girl: Introduction
Gone Girl: Plot Summary
Gone Girl: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Gone Girl: Themes
Gone Girl: Quotes
Gone Girl: Characters
Gone Girl: Symbols
Gone Girl: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Gillian Flynn
Historical Context of Gone Girl
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- Full Title: Gone Girl
- When Written: 2007-2011
- Where Written: Chicago
- When Published: 2012
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Literary thriller, mystery, suspense
- Setting: North Carthage, Missouri
- Climax: Amy returns to Carthage, revealing that she has not been killed or kidnapped and in fact faked her own disappearance.
- Antagonist: Nick Dunne and Amy Elliott-Dunne
- Point of View: First person, alternating between Nick and Amy’s points of view from chapter to chapter.
Extra Credit for Gone Girl
Insider Knowledge. After graduating from the prestigious Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Flynn worked for several years as a police reporter—a profession which she has stated she had “no aptitude” for, but which would come to inform her work as a novelist writing mostly in the genres of mystery, crime, and suspense.