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Gone Girl: A Novel | [Gillian Flynn]

Gone Girl: A Novel

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?
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Publisher's Summary

Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times best seller Gillian Flynn, takes that statement to its darkest place in this unpausable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that 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 and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife's head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.

Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn't do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

©2012 Gillian Flynn (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Flynn masterfully lets this tale of a marriage gone toxically wrong gradually emerge through alternating accounts by Nick and Amy, both unreliable narrators in their own ways. The reader comes to discover their layers of deceit through a process similar to that at work in the imploding relationship. Compulsively readable, creepily unforgettable, this is a must read for any fan of bad girls and good writing." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Mary N. Bucklew Delaware Seashore 01-15-13
    Mary N. Bucklew Delaware Seashore 01-15-13

    HeartSleeve

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    "War of the Roses, had Stephen King written it!"

    Just finished Gone Girl for January 2013 Book Club - and it is the creepiest - creepy GOOD - book I have read in decades. Were I the author's husband, don't think I'd ever fully sleep soundly again. A woman who can craft the ingeniously evil marriage saga that Flynn does here is a woman to be approached verrrry carefully!

    That being said, it took me FOREVER to get into this novel and I think it was the back and forth chapters between the two protagonists - husband Nick and wife Amy - that initially drove me crazy since the stories each told were so totally out of sync. But once the plot thickened - the way dried blood curdles - it was easier to follow.

    The book will push your limits of believability that anyone - much less two twisted souls - could be that crazy or crazy-in-love or just plain twisted. Buckle your seat belts, readers, you are in for a WILD ride!

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    Margaux Harvest, AL, United States 01-14-13
    Margaux Harvest, AL, United States 01-14-13
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    "Great novel, totally twisted and full of surprises"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was acted out very well and a great story.


    What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They are both great actors.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Twisted!!


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    kristina Parsonsfield, ME, United States 01-14-13
    kristina Parsonsfield, ME, United States 01-14-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Sucked me in from the first page! A MUST !!"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent story, well crafted and written, the performance was a complete compliment to the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I experienced a full range of emotions for the characters.
    Disgust, rage, love, sympathy. By the end of the book, I had cheered for the "bad guy" and boo'd the "good girl" and everything in between.

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    Gitte ANTIOCH, CA, United States 01-14-13
    Gitte ANTIOCH, CA, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Twisted and thrilling"

    It took me a little while to start listening to this book, but when I did... wow!! It had me guessing from beginning to end... I kept changing my mind as to who was the good one and the bad one in this story, lots of twists and turns in this story and the narrators did a really good job. The ending was a little different though, I kept hoping that Amy would get hers in the end... which alas did not happen :( Kind of wished for a different ending. It was a good story all in all, and I would definitely recommend it.

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    Robert ANAHEIM, CA, United States 01-14-13
    Robert ANAHEIM, CA, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Way beyond the central theme"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unpredictable twists and turns


    Any additional comments?

    The tired theme of missing wife with the husband as the primary suspect and gee what really happened all sounded boring but my wife thought it sounded interesting and it was her turn to choose. This story goes light years beyond that simple premise with one omg after another. A GREAT book!

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    Dawn 01-14-13
    Dawn 01-14-13
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    "Listened Obsessively"

    Diabolical in the best of ways. So many twists! Can't say enough good things about it. A definite must-read.

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    Janelle Albuquerque, NM, United States 01-13-13
    Janelle Albuquerque, NM, United States 01-13-13
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    "Enjoyed, but dragged in parts, ended poorly"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    No. The first part of the book was rather boring; learning about the main characters, but becomes important for a future twist. Lines in the book were repeated, maybe for a point, but boring nonetheless. I’m half and half about this book. I think the story is interesting and has great twists, but the bring parts and repetitions are a drudgery. I enjoyed trying to figure out if Nick had killed his wife and other mysteries (not wanting to spoil). The relationship parts were okay, although a bit slow and boring. The ending was disappointing. Like a bad movie that leaves you saying: “oh”. This could have ended in a better way.


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    Jody United States 01-13-13
    Jody United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A bit of everything!"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    I loved that this story has a touch of everything I enjoy in book...dark humor, sarcasm, suspense and love stories of sorts.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Interestingly this story doesn't really allow you to like the main characters too much. At moments you think you like each of them, and then...turns out you're wrong. =)


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    robert Kensington, MD, United States 01-13-13
    robert Kensington, MD, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wait 'til you have time, you won't be able to stop"
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Addictive, twisted, provocative


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

    People Who Eat Darkness: this book reads like non-fiction, not out of the realm of possibility but just fu*ked up enough to make you scared of falling in love.


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

    The narration is spot on, but still leaves room for your imagination to picture the characters. Whelan and Heyborne are clear and concise, speaking at a perfect pace to let everything sink in as you listen. The give you time to think about the story and understand what is happening.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "It's always the husband, right?"


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't been this engrossed by an audiobook since I listened to Bossy Pants. While Tina Fey kept me awake at night in a fit of hilarity, this book kept me up fearing that you can't be sure that your friends and family are not psychopaths.

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    B. Murfreesboro, TN, United States 01-13-13
    B. Murfreesboro, TN, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "narration rocked!"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    I loved that i couldn't wait to hear more.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It had me thinking one way in the beginning and a total change by the end.


    What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The readers were fantastic! I love a girl for a girl and a guy for a guy, but they made the story! They were each so good at fostering their character!


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend the story and the narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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