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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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    D Robinson illinois 03-05-13
    D Robinson illinois 03-05-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Weird & Sad"
    What did you like best about Gone Girl? What did you like least?

    This book kept you guessing but I never liked the answers much. If you want to be surprised by weird things people can inflict on one another this book is for you. If you want a happy romance this is NOT it. It was too dark and twisted for me.


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    Norman Montclair, US, Canada 03-05-13
    Norman Montclair, US, Canada 03-05-13
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    "Great One"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    Great book, definitely one of the greats. The story has plenty twists and turns and although you see some of them coming it still manages to keep you in the air. But what really takes this audio book to the next level is the narration, both Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne manage to take in a journey for the ages keeping you guessing and hoping for more.


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

    It did, the book creates this level of comfort for the listener and as you the listener have chosen a side it completely turns the worlds upside down.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is my first time listening to both these narrators, but they were both superb.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    As the book first starts it seem to me a bit dull, but about a quarter in I just couldn't stop.


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    Casey United States 03-04-13
    Casey United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great audio production, but hated story line"
    What did you like best about Gone Girl? What did you like least?

    This is one of the better audio books that I have heard as far as narrators go. I appreciate the producers bringing in two actors to play the main characters instead of only having one actor for both the male and female narration.

    This book did rope me in. It was a roller coaster of emotions and opinions of the main characters. From previous reviews I knew that there was a big plot twist somewhere in the story and I spent a lot my time listening trying to predict what that would be. In the end I wish that I would have read this instead of listening to it. I can read a lot faster than an actor can narrate and I think I would have been happier if it didn't take so long to get to the end.

    Oh the end... it really pissed me off. I hated, loathed and fantasized about murdering some of these characters myself. In some ways it is a testament to a writer's ability to be able to elicit such emotions from her readers. However, I wish I had never read/ listened to this story at all.


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    Gary MORRISTOWN, NJ, United States 03-04-13
    Gary MORRISTOWN, NJ, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Great Story"

    Love this book! This story had me captivated with the twists and turns of a well written story. Every time I went to put it down something would happen that made me want to continue. The narrators are fantastic and brought the story to life. I've heard different perspectives on the ending...but I thought it was appropriate.

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    Eleanor Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-04-13
    Eleanor Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Waste of time"
    Any additional comments?

    Ugh, I want the last five days of my life back. I can't remember who recommended this to me but whoever it was did so with full enthusiasm. I spent the last five days listening to this while I did another project with my hands and eventually decided to buy the kindle version so I could continue racing through the story. It's a trap!!

    Non spoiler review:

    The idea of this story is twice as good as the execution. The author uses the ENTIRE FIRST HALF yes HALF of the book to lay down groundwork for this story-with-a-twist and to be honest it's four times longer than necessary. I didn't care for the dumb minutae of dumb pop-cultury lives, I didn't care about how the dude and his sister bickered. There was a lot of aimless bs that was probably, in the author's mind, "characterization." It's wasted time is what it is! Then, HALF WAY THROUGH, comes the big twist. Ok, 'bout damn time, and I can NOT get through fast enough. It's fast-paced, it's exciting, it even makes me think I'll forgive the author using half the book to get to this good stuff. There's got to be a big worthwhile finish, I think to myself as I race and race through. The way it wraps up isn't bad per se, it's just extremely disappointing. You can argue that it's consistent with our two protagonists and the kind of friends and family they have, but I argue that it's bs.

    Spoilery review:

    It's bs. I do not accept that Amy, having been so sloppy, gets away scott-free. I get it, she manipulates literally everyone including herself and the irony is that she became the kind of woman in the kind of relationship she (pretended to?) scorn in her diary. I can say that the f*cked-up psychology of Amy is not just good, it's fantastic. That is probably the pinnacle of the book for me - Amy's twisted perfectionist mind flown off the handle. I just... the ending was such a let down. She broke Nick so he would become her puppet. Evil prevails, evil never gets caught. Maybe some people are into this genre of fiction but I'm not one of them. I wish Nick's dad had choked Amy, that would have been a nice clean ending. Or 'Go poisons Amy. Something. I would have been a lot happier with the ending had it been as clever as the twist itself. It fell way short.

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    JCL Coarsegold, CA USA 03-03-13
    JCL Coarsegold, CA USA 03-03-13 Member Since 2004

    Live near Yosemite National Park. Listen to Audible books while hiking.

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    "Bleah!"

    I bought this book to listen with my wife on a long drive. I was guided by the reviews. Never again! I suspect the reviews were submitted by author groupies or college students hired by the author’s agent to spam fake reviews.

    First, the hero and heroine in this book reveal themselves to be emotionally about 13 years old. And extremely narcissistic! Who can care about book-length navel inspections by thirteen year olds?

    Secondly, the dialogue is poor. For example, the conversations between police and POIs are unrealistic. In this work, the police talk more like therapy group facilitators than cops. In fact, all the males in this work do not talk to each other like guys actually talk. This is especially true of the hero, and very especially true of the hero’s interior dialogue. (At one point, he thinks that a room’s décor is so 1960’s. I don’t know a single guy whose mind would cross this thought.)

    Thirdly, the author did little or no research in writing this work. For example, no police department in America would launch an expensive missing persons investigation when a wife was missing for (possibly) only 12 hours. Maybe three days. Nothing sooner, absent clear evidence of criminality. They’d tell you to call all your relatives first, then call all the local bars, then call all the homeless shelters, and then to call them back only if nothing turned up. Then they’d get around to your problem a week or so later. Same for TV cable shows. The author has the hero being pummeled on a TV cable missing persons reality show just five days after the heroine went missing. Never happen! Maybe three months; nothing sooner. TV shows are in the can and queued up several weeks before they are aired. The author clearly just wrote off the top of her head with no knowledge and without checking to see how things are really done.

    Fourthly, a press conference about a missing adult the day after they’re missing? This would never will happen. Maybe a fortnight after at the earliest.

    There are few scenes in this book. Most of the book is author summary or author narrative via puppet characters. The device used for the heroine is that she reads from her diary. (Barf!) For the male character, the author narrates via the hero’s inner dialogue. These thoughts are not guy thoughts, not even gay guy thoughts. They are more like teenage girl thoughts.

    Bottom line: If you’re a reader who likes well-researched and realistic fiction, the kind that holds your interest, such as that written by Dalton Fury (Black Site) or Brad Thor (Full Black) or James Lee Burke (Creole Belle) or Robert K. Morgan (Altered Carbon) (all available from Audible), you will not like this book.

    When we arrived at the end of our trip, we were about half way through this book. My wife turned to me and asked what I thought. Not wanting to influence her comments, I deferred to her: “What do you think?” She replied, “I could care less about both of these characters. They are boring. And they are juvenile.” I agreed. We did not finish the book. Beware the reviews. They can’t be genuine.

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    Ana V. De Villiers Orlando, FL 03-02-13
    Ana V. De Villiers Orlando, FL 03-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Seriously? That's how you decided to end it?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, but with a disclaimer. About 90% of the book is great and keeps you guessing as to who to like and who to not like. Then, the book ends as if the author work up one day and said, "Eh, I just don't feel like writing this book anymore."


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    VanDelay Boston, MA 03-01-13
    VanDelay Boston, MA 03-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good, But Would Have Been Better Ending Sooner"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As audio performance, it's in the top 1%. Both performers were fantastic. As a book, it's well above some of the more mindless books I read, but lands in the middle of the better fiction I've listened to. It was certainly worth a listen, but it went on too long for the story, and I feel that it would have been more enjoyable had it wrapped up 1/4 shorter in length and acheiving so by chopping off that last 1/4. The book grabbed my attention immediately and held it, but I was disappointed at the end, like a great date that ends by discovering he's a slobbery kisser.


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

    Yes, I likely would but I won't be running out to get one. I felt that the characters were well developed and their actions, at least in the first 3/4 of the book, were believeable in line with how they were portrayed. As others have mentioned, it did have some undercurrents running through it, such as the "have & have nots & the had it and lost its" and the influence and changing landscape of media, which for the most part, were interesting.

    Neither main character was what anyone would call loveable, but for most of the book, they held my attention and my interest in seeing how things would pan out. However, toward the end, they both became unlikeable--not in the antagonist kind of way, but in the no redeeming qualities, turn me off kind of way. I am huge fan of Hitchcock, and I enjoy stories were the ending is not what the audience desires or in some other form is surprising, and while this book ended in a way I could not have predicted, I not only didn't like it, I thought it lacked imagination. It fell very flat.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narrator's performances were SPOT ON. Both performers were excellent, and evoked clear, believeable images of their characters. Julia was especially good in her role. I don't believe that I've had the pleasure of listening to an audio book by either narrator, but seeing either of their names listed as performers would definitely enhance my interest in a book. I have not read the print version, but I feel that this audio must be superior, as they added so much to the story.


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

    In Sicker and In Poorer...


    Any additional comments?

    I did not find this book as "surprising" in its "twists and turns" as many other listeners did, but I did enjoy the cat and mouse games and it includes a fairly realistic depiction of a sociopath. It was worth a listen & a credit, but don't get your hopes up for a great ending.

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    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 03-01-13
    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "MY FAVORITE"

    I could not stop listening. Everything's great: narrator, writer, plot. Excellent excellent modern whodunit with a smart, edgy quality and great characters who are awful people. Go Gillian Flynn, please write more!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jessica LINCOLN, NE, United States 02-28-13
    jessica LINCOLN, NE, United States 02-28-13
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    "Ending, Not what I expected"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    ITs the First Audio book I have read, I started yesterday at 10am and finsihed today at 3:00 so I enjoyed the story very much.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Diary Amy.


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

    I did not like the Voice for Desi. I didnt like it when Julia used a male voice. It ruined it for me. I liked her voice as Amy, but as a man she really sounded awful. A man should play a man and a woman should play a woman. All in all, I liked Kirbys voice. He seemed wimpy though, I liked him better with Andie then with Amy. He was more manly with Andie.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Cant recall


    Any additional comments?

    the worst part of the book is where Amy was on the boat with the HIllbilly guy fishing. It didnt seem to make and sence and it went on and on and was boring. And there was a part where Amy carried on for like an entire page about being the "Cool Girl" it was just bazarr how it drug on and on it was kind a weird.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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