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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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    "Would highly recommend - especially on audible"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was very captivating, one of those books that keep you up all night saying to yourself "only 30 more minutes" and you end up staying up all night.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When you find out more about Amy's diary from her own voice.


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

    Yes, but you won't get anything else done!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. The only thing I didn't like was that it clearly calls for a sequel. I like to know what I'm getting into with books. I don't like having to wait for the next book to be written.

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    Amy LAWRENCEBURG, KY, United States 10-16-12
    Amy LAWRENCEBURG, KY, United States 10-16-12
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    "Great twists!!"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    All the twists in the story, the last half I didn't want to stop!


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

    All the Twists in the plot


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't tell you or I would give the story away, it keeps on surprising you when you thought there could be no more surprises it gives you one more


    Any additional comments?

    You just have to get through the first part of the story and it gets soooooooo much better

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    Reba KLAMATH FALLS, OR, United States 10-16-12
    Reba KLAMATH FALLS, OR, United States 10-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "So Many Plot Twists, You Gotta Love It"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book because it's unique and intriguing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the different plot twists.


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

    How well they portrayed the emotions at the time in the lives of the characters.


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    Elizabeth Brighton, MA, United States 10-16-12
    Elizabeth Brighton, MA, United States 10-16-12
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    "Unexpectedly Amazing"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This novel is refreshingly unpredictable. This book is truly compelling, it has so many twists and turns yet the characters are well developed and the story is the perfect balance of believable and unbelievable. It was addicting.


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

    I gasped multiple times.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read.

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    andrea arlington, TX, United States 10-16-12
    andrea arlington, TX, United States 10-16-12 Member Since 2014

    Looking for good murder mysteries that don't consist mostly of cheesy love stories. Example of what I am looking for, J Deaver & JA Jance.

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    What a story!. I could listen to it all over again. Great performance, as well.

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    Mickey Lincoln, NE, United States 10-16-12
    Mickey Lincoln, NE, United States 10-16-12 Member Since 2013
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    "It's as good as everyone says"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listen to nearly 100 books a year - this has got to rank up there with one of the 5 best in the last 2 years.


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

    Without giving away the story? That's really tough. The suspense is the greatest part. I cannot think of one memorable moment to describe that would not spoil it for the next listener.


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

    I have not.


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

    Nick & Amy both knew they married "til death do us part".


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    Emy 10-15-12
    Emy 10-15-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding Performance!"
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    The writing, plot, and genius twists and turns are wonderful however the narrators make this story! They are both so fantastic and reeling you in and differentiating their voice the conversations never get jumbled or confusing! Absolutely outstanding narration and a wonderfully fun book!

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    Arnold 10-14-12
    Arnold 10-14-12
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    It was interesting to read this book after reading so many reviews critical of the final plot twist. Starting about half way though the book there were so many crazy plot twists that I wondered if each one was the one the critics were talking about. I can see why many reviewers did not like that final twist, but I thought it was fun, ironic, and thought provoking. An engaging and fun story with enough substance to keep the reader thinking and engaged.

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    "Enjoyed this book."
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    Great narration, great mystery, kept my interest.


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

    When you realized what was really happening.


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

    Expressions. Plus, I can "read" while I do other things. I love being read to--it is about the story, not about developing my reading skills.


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

    Just when you think you could hate him...


    Any additional comments?

    A little disappointed in how it ended.

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    Valerie Marietta, GA, United States 10-14-12
    Valerie Marietta, GA, United States 10-14-12

    I get so excited sometimes about writing a review..good or bad...that why sometimes I misspell words..lol..

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    "AMAZING...(no pun intended)!!!"

    This is one of the best books I've heard in a very long time. The story line was so different from the normal books. Gillian Flynn developed twist and turn throughtout. You never know whats coming next. I loved the narrators they were perfect for the characters. I dont wnat to give anything away but I totally recdommend this book its worth reading!

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