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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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    Greg Wichita, KS, United States 08-10-12
    Greg Wichita, KS, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2010

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    Once the book got rolling - it was hard to stop listening. The narration was spot on and added to the story. I hate to say too much so as not to give anything away - but the twist and turns in each chapter made this a very enjoyable book. Trust me - you won't figure it out - have fun!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kechia Harrisburg, PA, United States 08-10-12
    kechia Harrisburg, PA, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    I'M ONLY HALF WAY THRU AND I MUST SAY.... I WOULD READ THE LAST CHAPTER NOW IF IT WOULD TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED. THATS JUST BECAUSE I CAN'T STAND THIS MUCH SUSPENSE...I REALLY WANNA KNOW WHO DID IT, AND WHAT IT WAS. IT'S AN AWFUL HABIT I HAVE BUT SOMETIMES IT HELPS ME GET THRU , I LIKE TO HEAR HOW THE STORY TURNS FROM ONE POINT TO THE END.

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    michael East Windsor, NJ, United States 08-10-12
    michael East Windsor, NJ, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Elegantly constructed"

    Gillian Flynn folds together a story as if it were origami. When all the bends and folded pieces are complete she unwinds the mystery and you will be dazzled by her tale.

    The interplay of the narrators emotionally drives this tale of a marriage dissolving from two viewpoints and every characterization unveils nuggets of dialogue that is hauntingly familiar, but never cliche.

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    Good story. Lots of twists and turns. Very nice book. Kept me interested the entire time.

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    anne WEST CHESTER, PA, United States 08-10-12
    anne WEST CHESTER, PA, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow! Compelling, smart, horrifying & whitty!"

    Gone Girl is a great listen! The audio was great because with each chapter alternating between our two protagonists, the narration changes between Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne, two excellent actors. What makes this story so alluring? So tough to say without giving away any of the plot. The plot, by the way, is over the top, but you are kept guessing until the end. What a wonderful, gripping tale, told by Gillian Flynn with whit, intelligence and a clever inclusion of pop culture to time stamp this tale so we can read it 20 years from now and say "I remember the summer of 2012."

    On the surface, the story is a murder mystery, but Flynn's keen grasp of marital bliss and simultaneous strife is brilliant. A treasure!

    I usually leave my "listens" in the car for my daily commute, but this one I couldn't put down.

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    Chris Sydney 08-10-12
    Chris Sydney 08-10-12

    Tell us about yourself! I love to escape into a good book.

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    The book was not as good as I thought it would be.
    My problem was I did not like the characters, therefore was not invested in their various outcomes.
    I found the plot implausible.
    The ending did not ring true to me. But otherwise not a bad way to pass an afternoon.

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    Jessica 08-09-12
    Jessica 08-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    I really enjoyed Gone Girl. I listen to Audible books while driving to and from work. There were several times that I could barely pull myself out of the car because I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. The performances are fantastic. The story pulls you in from the beginning and continues to twist and turn throughout. Even if you figure it out early on, it's still worth the listen just for the characters. I went from loving to hating Nick and his wife every other chapter.

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    Paula AUSTIN, TX, United States 08-09-12
    Paula AUSTIN, TX, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2006
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    "I loved it, I hated it!"

    Just when I thought I had it all figured out, a new twist would change it all. It was good throughout, and the ending was not what I expected!

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    Daniel Austin, TX, United States 08-09-12
    Daniel Austin, TX, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great performance....Skilled writing.... Bad story"

    I am listening and enjoying it. Not sure if I would like this at all if I were reading instead of listening. I don't see a single redeeming quality about the main character, Nick. This kinda reminds me of that pretty boy in Cali who killed his wife. Perhaps that real story inspired this book. Nick is a real jerk and I am hating him the more I listen.

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    Michelle York, PA, United States 08-09-12
    Michelle York, PA, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "GONE is right!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this is a certain pick-me-up for any of my married friends. I have really never hated characters the way I hated these people. At first you think you're on one's side and against the other. Then you change your mind. You don't respect either of them, and they just keep getting more dispicable. I almost didn't finish... its hard to care about a book if you' re not sure you're really rooting for anyone. But you should finish just for shock value.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Even though I LOATHED both Nick and Amy, the character development was surprising and crafty. Just when you think you're getting to know them, you realize you don't.


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

    Certain to make you feel great about your own marriage!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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