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Gone Girl reignited the psychological thriller genre, spawning hundreds of ‘domestic noir’ novels in its wake. The chilling story of a missing wife, Gone Girl’s husband and wife protagonists remain the touchstone for unreliable narrators. Discussed by bestselling Irish suspense thriller writer Sam Blake.  

To aide the conversation, we have prepared three 'thinking points' to consider when reading Gone Girl:

1. What does Gone Girl say about the impact of Amy and Nick’s childhoods on their actions? Does this change how we feel about their marriage and motivations?

2. Does the media’s commentary of Amy’s disappearance influence how we feel about the husband and wife?

3. The novel’s structure creates tension though misdirection. How does the novel challenge the tradition of ‘good vs bad’? And do you consider this a feminist novel?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is available in paperback, hardback, audio and ebook formats, borrowable from public libraries or to purchase. To see what printed and digital copies are available from Cambridge University Libraries (borrowable by University staff and students), search iDiscover.

About The Really Popular Book Club

The Really Popular Book Club is Cambridge University Libraries' book group. Everyone is welcome to come and discuss a really popular book with the group, library staff, and an expert on the novel. Hosted on Zoom, the book club is completely free and open to everyone, people attend from all over the world. The Really Popular Book Club celebrates the huge range of books at Cambridge University Library. We have more than 8 million books and as a legal deposit library we keep a copy of every book published in the UK, and have done since 1710.

If you haven't attended one of our book club events before, you can find more information at