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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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    Keri SOQUEL, CA, United States 10-06-12
    Keri SOQUEL, CA, United States 10-06-12
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    "Completely riveting and entertaining"
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    This book is awesome! It kept me guessing the whole time and I was sad when it was over. It made me look forward to being in my car. I definitely recommend!

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    S. Mills Orlando, FL 10-05-12
    S. Mills Orlando, FL 10-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Keeps you guessing!"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    No, because there are too many books I want to read/listen to and there's not enough time for rereads! :)


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

    OMGoodness!! There are SO MANY sinister twists and turns in this book! Very creative and imaginative! Never read another book like it!!


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the language is a little disturbing. It's different (at least it is for me) hearing it as opposed to skimming it as you read. :)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jami Pekin, IL, United States 10-05-12
    Jami Pekin, IL, United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    Good book, many suprises, ending not what I expected. Great performance. Easy Listen story flows well.

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    garrett sullivan 10-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "USE YOUR CREDIT on this brilliant story"

    Credits are gold and this is a great one to use them on!!

    This was my first book by Gillian Flynn and as a result of becoming completely engrossed by this story, these characters and the exceptional performance of the narrators I went on a binge with her other two books. Do not miss out on this book! Well worth the credit and time. I found myself taking extra time getting to work or back home just trying to get to a point where I could leave it!

    BTW, her other two books are just as good. Much darker...much, much darker, but excellent stories and worth the time and credit.

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    robin United States 10-05-12
    robin United States 10-05-12

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    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    The character development was spot on. I was drawn into their lives.


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

    I thought I had it figured out...I was wrong!


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

    They gave the characters real human qualities.


    Any additional comments?

    I am now a huge Gillian Flynn fan!

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    Denise FLAGSTAFF, AZ, United States 10-05-12
    Denise FLAGSTAFF, AZ, United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    I agree with others who hated HOW it ended however it was a perfect ending for the story.

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    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 10-04-12
    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend because I couldn't wait to get back in the car and keep listening. I thought it was a little slow at first but the plot twists and story were amazing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the author so perfectly captured a sociopathic personality.


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

    Once the plot twist was revealed, yes, I wanted to listen until the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed all of Gillian Flynn's books.

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    Emily CArmel, IN, United States 10-04-12
    Emily CArmel, IN, United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Perfect Psycopathy"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fantastic. One of the best!


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

    These narrators were fantastic. I felt like I personally knew the characters.


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    Catherine Huntington Beach, CA, United States 10-03-12
    Catherine Huntington Beach, CA, United States 10-03-12
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    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was great! Suspenseful and addictive! The narrators did an amazing job and really brought this book to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

    The whole 2nd part! Amy's web of lies and deceit was unfathomable!


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

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

    I bought the hard copy book so that I could read while at work on my lunch. I could not get enough!


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    I would recommend this book highly! It is a great, intense read and the narration was done PERFECTLY!!!

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    Alissa Austin, TX, United States 10-03-12
    Alissa Austin, TX, United States 10-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    This was a great listen. The only thing I would advise is to speed up the narrator on the audible app when you listen.

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