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Gone Girl | [Gillian Flynn]

Gone Girl

Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.
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Publisher's Summary

What are you thinking, Amy? The question I've asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions storm cloud over every marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love?

These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife? And what was in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war.

©2012 Gillian Flynn (P)2012 Random House

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  • J. Casey
    UK
    8/31/13
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    "Smart, dark & delicious"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    I loved this book - it's one of those really enjoyable thrillers where the twists are so good they make you grin with pleasure. The audio version is fantastic - the two narrators give such depth and characterization that I felt like they really were Nick and Amy.


    What other book might you compare Gone Girl to, and why?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    Orpington, Kent, United Kingdom
    8/26/13
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    "Depressing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The book was quite gripping but there was no variation to the depressing theme of the story, very little humour, no high and lows, the end was really miserable!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    No


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    Narrators were fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rozalind
    Lancaster, United Kingdom
    8/18/13
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    "It rambled on too long"
    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    To have finished the story off sooner, it was really really good up to a certain point - then it just got a bit unbelievable and I stopped listening .... I've still not finished listening ... I will go back to it .... But I've lost interest currently!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn? Why or why not?

    I'm not sure, a great plot was spoilt by not finishing it earlier


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gone Girl?

    Most of the end after the explanation of the Gone Girl!!


    Any additional comments?

    I found the female narrator annoying to listen to, a really whiny American accent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • doomwaffle2000
    Surrey, UK
    8/17/13
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    "Disturbing tale of disturbed folk"
    What did you like most about Gone Girl?

    The twists and turns certainly keep you hooked. I like to be surprised, and there are a lot of surprises here.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn? Why or why not?

    Yes, I think she will go on to be great if she doesn't get too stuck in a genre


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The first reveal. Say no more.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end was incredibly disturbing in that you realise there is no resolution here, no way for a happy ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Cleverly written, complex plot but maybe the personality disorders herein are just a bit too dreadful to be enjoyable. I felt like a rubber necker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tracey
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    8/14/13
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    "Gripping, twisted, fascinating fiction"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    The story kept unfolding in the most unexpected ways. I genuinely didn't know how it was going to end, and part of me didn't want it to! Amazing Amy is such an intriguing character. I've never changed my opinion of a character so often within the space of one book.


    What other book might you compare Gone Girl to, and why?

    I've never read anything like this. I'm not a fan of crime at all, and while this has a slight crime angle, this is fundamentally a story about a relationship gone horribly wrong. I guess Flynn's writing style is quite similar to Sophie Hannah.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favourite?

    Amy is definitely my favourite character. Nick's great too though.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How well do you really know your partner?


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best book I've listened to/read in ages. I tell everyone I know (and some I don't know) to read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arcticangel.
    Seaford, United Kingdom
    8/12/13
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    "unsympathetic"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I gained little enjoyment from this book, there was not a single character I found myself caring about, they were all rather flat, unsympathetic and 2 dimensional. The plot, however, was clever and had some unexpected twists.


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    Their performances were well read.


    Do you think Gone Girl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The plot could certainly be carried on, the end of it would certainly allow the story line to continue. so yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a clever book which I could have enjoyed had the characters been more sympathetic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
    8/9/13
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    "Not cosy listening but worth it"

    This was my first Gillian Flynn book and I was pleasantly surprised. It's a strictly linear narrative but the cut-aways from one point of view to the other makes sure that the plot trots along at a reasonable pace. I was gripped more or less from the start because it takes a while to get the the reveal. I liked that my sympathies switched from Nick to Amy then back again several times over. The reason for the 4 stars was because of the ending, it's a disappointment with no concrete resolution to the crisis. I found myself wanting justice to be served but there's no nicely wrapped up, convenient Hollywood ending here. Quite the opposite. I read that the movie has been cast with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, hmmmm, not sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
    Trowbridge, United Kingdom
    8/8/13
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    "Bit twisted"
    What did you like most about Gone Girl?

    how the story was told from his point of view and then hers,
    It was very gripping


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tessa
    Surbiton, United Kingdom
    8/5/13
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    "Enjoyable but over long"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have to confess to being the kind of person who figures out the plot after the first few pages. That being said I found this book enjoyable initially but by the end of book 3 I was willing the book to end.
    It was well acted and kept me interested. The descriptions and characters are well written but some serious editing was needed in the last third of the book. It was like the author had several alternative endings and then decided to use them all, however banal. It was obviously written with a film deal in mind and there are echoes of this in the narrative.


    What could Gillian Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Tighter ending, it was a little slasher movie without the slashing - more melodrama. She could also take out the first ending with the ex boyfriend. Are American law enforcement that bad?


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I enjoyed the build up. The beginning of the book is interestingly written. It then descended into farce.


    Do you think Gone Girl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely not. The characters have nowhere to go that they haven't been to. The female cop might be worth continuing with in her own story. She didn't get much to do and just fizzled out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    BOGNOR REGIS, United Kingdom
    8/2/13
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    "clever observation of a toxic marriage"
    What did you like most about Gone Girl?

    The book continiously playes with our emotions, making you switch your loyalties


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the way I actually disliked the main characters


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliantly done, surprising and accuratly observed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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