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Gone Girl Lesson Plan

Introduction to Gone Girl

Published in 2012, Gone Girl received widespread critical attention and praise from the general public. Though Gillian Flynn had two previously published novels, it was Gone Girl that established her as a prominent voice in popular fiction.

Gone Girl is a thriller, exploring the disappearance of Amy Elliott Dunne, wife of Nick Dunne. Part I, which alternates between the perspective of Nick and Amy's abbreviated diary entries, makes it seem as if the evasive Nick might have killed his wife. However, one element of the novel that many readers found particularly compelling was its significant twist, a surprise reveal about halfway through the book—Amy is still alive, and has made concerted...

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