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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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    PhilMac HAZEL CREST, IL, United States 08-02-12
    PhilMac HAZEL CREST, IL, United States 08-02-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm just a simple man who is trying to be water.

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    "Holy Ish!"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    I like that it was topical. Almost felt like I could've been reading about contemporaries...people that I know today. I like how it contrasted city/urban life with that of Midwestern America.


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

    Two moments stand out for me: (SPOILER ALERT) First was when it was revealed that this sweet, innocent, angst ridden, attractive, stand-by-her-man young lady was something a little bit different. Second was when (SPOILER ALERT) Nick ultimately decides to acquiesce.


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

    Julia's performance was much, much stronger than Kirby's. He ultimately grew on me but I'd like to think the male character's voice should have been a little more mature, confident. He sounded very "highschoolish" in parts - especially in the beginning.


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

    (SPOILER ALERT) When "Amazing Amy" crossed over to "Murdering Amy".


    Any additional comments?

    This book was just dope. Loved it. And Flynn's an adopted Chicago girl. We support our own. Go Girl!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D. Sevener Springfield, IL United States 08-02-12
    D. Sevener Springfield, IL United States 08-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Exceptional"

    At first, I thought: oh-oh, I'm not liking this and there are about 20 hours left. I was really turned off by the female narrator, whose chirpy voice seemed out of character for the nature of Amy's character. There was also some clunky writing. But the more I listened, the more I became hooked by the plot, and the narration didn't bother me. I came to see that the characters were well drawn, and I appreciated the major plot twists and turns that I never saw coming. I thought the ending was superb; again, not what I expected but perfect pitch.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Raya Clifton, VA, United States 08-02-12
    Raya Clifton, VA, United States 08-02-12 Member Since 2006
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    "A pleasurable read, but the ending is a hot mess!"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    No. Though I enjoyed it thoroughly, until the ending that is, it's one of those books that relies heavily on suspense and surprise plot twists. I rarely re-read stories like that unless they are of the classic/epic variety. Gone Girl was entertaining, but would hardly fall into that category.


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

    Julia Whelan was masterful as the snarky she-devil, Amy, the kind of character you love to hate. When her true character was revealed, I was genuinely shocked and delighted to see the story take such an unexpected turn.


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

    When the wife he didn't love goes missing.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't fathom what Flynn was thinking at the end. This was the most unsatisfying conclusion in memory. Not that I expected a neat little tie-it-up-in-a-bow, conventional Hollywood ending, mind you. I always appreciate something different or unexpected, but I felt like the story was unresolved and it didn't feel like an honest, artistic choice. Rather, it seemed to me like she couldn't decide what to do and left loose ends for a possible sequel. It didn't work for me at all, but since my issue was only with the last 30 minutes or so, I had to give 4 stars for my enjoyment level up to that point.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce La Luz, NM, United States 08-01-12
    Joyce La Luz, NM, United States 08-01-12
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    "Great book, loved the suspense"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    I loved that just when I thought I had it figured out-bam-everything changed. I just could not put it down


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

    they had just the perfect voices in my mind. Nothing about the way they read annoyed me. I did think that Amy would have had a Yankee accent in reality, but that would have been annoying to listen to so glad they didn't go that way! :-)


    Any additional comments?

    I don't like the profanity but this book was so good, and I imagine that is true to how these people really would talk so I just cringed and kept on listening!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brandye KELLER, TEXAS, United States 08-01-12
    Brandye KELLER, TEXAS, United States 08-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointed"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book had only unlikable characters. Terribly unlikable. The book started off very slow. It didn't really pick up speed for several hours into the book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Still deciding what to listen to next.


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

    LOVED the narration. Both narrators really played the characters very well. If not for their performance, I probably wouldn't have finished the book.


    What character would you cut from Gone Girl?

    Tough to say without being a spoiler, so I'll not say my opinion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen 08-01-12
    Carmen 08-01-12
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    "Didn't want to pause! Could've listened all day"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This book kept me wondering what was going to happen next!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene when Amy came back to Nick filled me with dread knowing just how crazy it could all get


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

    yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T Centennial, CO, United States 07-31-12
    T Centennial, CO, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent!"

    Interesting story with lots of twists. I did not like the male reader, but got used to him. I will read more from Gillian Flynn.

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    Sherri 07-31-12
    Sherri 07-31-12
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    "Amazing!"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    # 1


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

    yes the twist and turns between this couple keeps you wanting more!


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

    its amazing how the author gave you all the information for the story and then again Flynn surprises you with a twist that takes you over the edge. The couple the book is about gets you going and then Julia and Kirby help you to put feelings to the words!


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

    When he found the puppets!


    Any additional comments?

    Flynn is amazing! I need another book to listen toooo!!! hurry please

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katie Saint Paul, MN, United States 07-31-12
    Katie Saint Paul, MN, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The best book I have read in a long time"

    This book is truly a masterpiece of suspense. Just when I thought I knew what was going on- I realized how wrong I had been.
    The narration was great and really added a lot to the story. I don't think that reading this story on paper would do it justice.

    As the story unfolds, it's shocking and bizzare, but it's still somehow very realistic, like it could happen to any of us. The character development and descriptions are so good that, after finishing the book a couple of weeks ago, I often catch myself thinking about the characters, as if I know them personally.

    I especially enjoyed the fact that each and every detail or side-story had a real meaning and purpose for being included in the story. Listen carefully, because every word is a clue.

    When the book ended, I was upset at first. It did not end the way that I thought it would or the way I would have preferred. However, after I let it sink in, I've become more understanding of the situation as I realize how complicated the whole story really is.

    This book is definitely worth your credit and your time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Judy 07-31-12
    Judy 07-31-12 Member Since 2011

    I have nearly 400K miles on my van and I listen to a LOT of audiobook! I'm a musician and I listen as I travel from concert to concert.

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    "The Best Yet from an Author I Discovered on Audibl"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    It was completely fresh and original and had a whopper of a twist. Can't say much without spoiling the story, but it will keep you guessing for sure.


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

    Can't tell you...it would spoil the story!


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

    Julia especially brought the character of Amy to life throughout the story.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I discovered Gillian Flynn here on Audible when I purchased "Dark Places." That book also blew me away with its originality, so I quickly followed up by listening to her first book, "Sharp Objects," which was also mind-numbingly good. I couldn't wait to hear "Gone Girl" and I was NOT disappointed. Read it, then let a friend read it so you'll have someone to talk with about it!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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