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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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    "Everything you want, NOTHING you are expecting."

    Flynn has managed to take a very mundane story line and turn it on it's head over, over and over again. She is a beautiful writer, and allows you to deeply connect with the characters, even if at times, you don't want to. Great read.

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    Constance COLUMBUS, OH, United States 03-17-13
    Constance COLUMBUS, OH, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2015

    looking for something new to intrigue me.

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    "Ok - cliche"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would if she wanted mild entertainment and smooth prose


    If you’ve listened to books by Gillian Flynn before, how does this one compare?

    Have not


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I could not tolerate the ill father's voice.


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

    No


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    Carly Calgary, AB, Canada 03-17-13
    Carly Calgary, AB, Canada 03-17-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Unique Story, Drew Me Right In"

    Two narrators highlight the parallel storylines of a marriage. Each voice shows the perspective of one of the partners, the differences between each story are surprising, frustrating, and completely heartbreaking. This book very skillfully pulled me and had me identify with the characters, then disappointed and depressed me, so much that I was ready to stop listening. Just as I was ready to give up, the characters revealed a new layer of complexity and I followed the story excitedly, disgusted, shocked, and strangely empathetic.

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    Dorothy 03-17-13
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    "what was all the fuss about?"
    What disappointed you about Gone Girl?

    All I can say is that this couple deserved each other.....


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A much better story, I am sure


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    ....


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    ????


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    Jeannine Colorado 03-17-13
    Jeannine Colorado 03-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    I would definitely listen to other books narrated by Julia Whelan or Kirby Heyborne. I thought they each did an excellent job, especially Ms. Whelan. I will most likely give Gillian Flynn another try once the disappointment from this book has eased.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I found the ending (actually the last third of the book) very disappointing. It seemed rushed, improbable, and lacking the detail that might support it.


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

    I slightly preferred Ms. Whelan's performance, but both were excellent. Truthfully, by the end of the book I was sick of all the characters.


    Was Gone Girl worth the listening time?

    Yes, for the most part.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the alternating narration and felt the story wouldn't have worked without it. I enjoyed the first two thirds of the novel much more than the last third. I almost wish I had stopped listening and made up my own ending. Just wasn't a satisfying or believable conclusion.

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    Sarah 03-17-13
    Sarah 03-17-13
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    "Not as surprising as some have suggested..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I may recommend this book. The performance was good and, since I tend to listen as I am driving long distances, it kept me entertained.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Spoiler alert possible!
    Many described this as a story with crazy and unexpected twist. The main twist in the story was actually fairly easy to see coming. However, if I could change things it would be two things...Amy was a extremely brilliant individual yet couldn't figure out simple things. This was I assume to make her seem sheltered, but given the complexity of the character I just found it flawed. The ending, this makes police seem like the most incompetent bunch around. There is always a flaw in a story somewhere, I would have how they would find it. Choice over mandate would have made the end more sad, sickening and believable...


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

    The idea that two actors were playing the two parts and our wasn't over done.


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

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    There are twist, it kept me entertained...but I knew the "who done it" almost right away.

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    Jeanne 03-17-13
    Jeanne 03-17-13
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    "I really wanted to like this book."
    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    I rarely write reviews, but I feel compelled to do so with this book. It really had me going, and even with the twists and turns, I could suspend disbelief and enjoy the story. But the ending was so disappointing that I can't rate it highly. I can't even recommend it to anyone because it was such a letdown. Without giving too much away, I have to say that the police investigation was incredibly unbelievable at the end, that the characters' reunion was bizarre and equally unbelievable, and the final twist and "resolution" left me feeling as tricked and betrayed by the author as the characters felt by each other.

    A better ending, with some plausible reactions by all of the characters would have made this book better. I am astonished that the author expects us to believe this ending. There are too many flaws that make it ridiculously incredible.


    What aspect of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance would you have changed?

    I think Julia Whelan was fabulous. Kirby Heyborne's voice was too high, and initially sounded almost like a woman.


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    Jennifer woodbridge, VA, United States 03-16-13
    Jennifer woodbridge, VA, United States 03-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved the twist and turns"

    I listen to at least 3-5 books a month, I usually can predict the endings of books and get a sense of where they are going. While I was able to predict some parts of this book, this one kept me on my toes. I was addicted, the type of addiction where you find places to drive just so you can listen to the book. I even listened to this in my room until 2 am once, I just could not get enough. One of the best books I've read and one of the best thrillers I've listened to in a long time. Definitely recommend.

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    TIAGO Sinop, Brazil 03-16-13
    TIAGO Sinop, Brazil 03-16-13
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    "An interesting nasty book."
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    The performance of the actors, they were truly amazing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Nick unveiled the last clue and found the purchases made by his wife, very creepy.


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

    Sick love.


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    Enrique Redlands, CA, United States 03-16-13
    Enrique Redlands, CA, United States 03-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A fun read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    This is a little dark but fun with a twist in the middle.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how each character's voice was clear and definitive and just when you think someone cannot be slimier the twist in the story comes.


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

    The voice of the characters came through by the performance of the two narrators.


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

    Yes


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