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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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    KathAnnon Maryland, USA 01-18-13
    KathAnnon Maryland, USA 01-18-13

    Chesapeake Kat

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    "Predictable and Drawn Out"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story drags on. Unfortunately, that's the premise of the story and it is painful, similar to Stephen King novels that go on and on for days and days of the same reader suffering.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn? Why or why not?

    No. Although the writing is decent. The story line is not terribly creative. I was not drawn in until the end.


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

    I have not listened to these performers before. Both did an excellent job and kept a slow story moving and interesting. I very much enjoyed the narrative performances and would gladly listen to their others.


    Could you see Gone Girl being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    This book could easily be a TV movie. If it were to become a movie, I would skip it. There's just not much going on except an attempt at a deep dive into how people think.


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    Theresa L. Hughes Bear, DE USA 01-18-13
    Theresa L. Hughes Bear, DE USA 01-18-13 Member Since 2008

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    "The worst book I have read in years"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    No.


    Has Gone Girl turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


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

    The performances were good.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the reviews from other reviewers and I cannot believe this got such good reviews or that it stayed on the bestsellers list. I am 52 years old. Maybe that is my problem. Perhaps it is a matter of taste as well as I could not identify with any of the characters and didn't find one of them to have any redeeming qualities. I believe that most people are good for the most part. The people in this book were awful! I hope to goodness I don't have friends that are leading lives such as these. I probably don't because I wouldn't put up with them. And I guess that is why I hated this book so much, these people were not real. Real people do not behave in this way. Even a sociopath is fallible but this character wasn't. It just wasn't realistic or fantastic enough to be believable. Please Ms. Flynn give up on your writing career. You stink. What a waste of good audible book money! BTW, I skipped through after listening for about 5 hours. I couldn't take the abysmal writing any more I had to get to the end just to see what happened. I guess that was the only redeeming quality-some suspense.

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    Frani 01-17-13
    Frani 01-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Page Turner?"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    The enjoyable (and equally frustrating) thing about this book is you just want to know how it ends! Every chapter and every part leave you cliff hanging for more (which is hard if you have any kind of responsibilities). The readers voices are perfect for the characters!


    What other book might you compare Gone Girl to and why?

    Hunger Games is something else you might enjoy (even if you've seen the movie). The book is so much better with so many vital details that I'm surprised were left out of the movie.


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

    Absolutely!


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    Linda R. Harrington 01-17-13
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    "As Good As It Gets"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


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

    Oh yes - superb plotting and brilliant writing


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

    After I listened to this, I purchased her other 2 - all great


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

    Well I'm keeping my creative ideas to myself ( fortunately for your easily bored customers)


    Any additional comments?

    Yes Thanks for not messing up the product with that creepy music you add to other audible books and thanks to the author for not stringing the sagas out over two or three volumes

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 01-17-13
    Catherine 01-17-13
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    "Very interesting subject"
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting quirky characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick Dunne was my favorite character. He was the one whose character we were meant to be drawn to.


    Any additional comments?

    While I knew in my heart that Nick didn't kill Amy, there were many chapters where I would bet he wished he had! I think this will be a great movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Autumn LARGO, FL, United States 01-17-13
    Autumn LARGO, FL, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Unlikeable characters; unlikely plot; dislike"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrators were the only part of this experience that I enjoyed.


    What could Gillian Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The main character Nick was so unlikeable from the start that by the time we discovered he was innocent, I didn't care. I had completely detached myself emotionally from both characters, so who cares how this story ends? Who am I supposed to be invested in?
    Also, Nick's actions were so purposefully written to make him look guilty--from things he said to omissions he makes that seemed bizarre when they happened--that when I learned he was innocent and Amy was an unbelievable psychopathic murdering crazy woman, I felt tricked. Not surprised, which is fun in a story. I felt duped.


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

    Nick's sister was the only halfway believable and logical character in the book. I liked her.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance.


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    aurora chattanooga, tn, United States 01-17-13
    aurora chattanooga, tn, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2015

    I use audiobooks as means of an escape from reality. Nice to just relax with a book. Ienjoy a very eclectic array of genres...anywhere from chick lit romance to mystery to science ft. Just a common mother of three.

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    "barey get past the first two hours!!"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    I really am not sure. If all of her books are this slow to go then no. I need to be impressed before the middle of the book. The narrator's were perfect. Just so boring and pointless at the beginning.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn? Why or why not?

    Maybe if it is free.


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

    Didn't have one.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Dissapointment on many levels.


    Any additional comments?

    Once I got past the first 2 grouping hours the book finally started getting good. It just took me more than 3 weeks to finish the first part. Still not sure that ill finish.

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    Tasha Sacramento, CA, United States 01-16-13
    Tasha Sacramento, CA, United States 01-16-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Sucked in!"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    I would turn this book on for drives to the grocery store. I found myself sitting in my driveway after returning from a trip waiting to find the right place to pause!The plot was fantastic, smart, and worth the 20 hours and deep detail!I liked Nick's character, but Amy was sometimes annoying...No silly sound effects or music playing in the background (which in some books is creative). Talk about twisted!! I recommended it to my co-workers who all drive as much as I do. So far, so good!


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

    Yes. I started cleaning house, just to have an excuse to listen to Nick plead his innocence, but then end a chapter with "..yet that was a lie, and it wasn't my first". Damnit Nick.


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

    How do I answer this and not give anything away. This book is so entwined that mention of any detail will spoil any perception or guess!


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    Maria Maryland 01-16-13
    Maria Maryland 01-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "good listen - very drawn out at points"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    no


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

    the surprise! the climax of the book is fabulous and completely makes your jaw drop!


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

    no, its very drawn out at parts.


    Any additional comments?

    good book, average - can be very drawn out and extremely detailed at times making me want to stop listening for a bit. overall the story line is great and the characters are wonderfully designed. tons of suspense!

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    kathleen CAMPTON, NH, United States 01-16-13
    kathleen CAMPTON, NH, United States 01-16-13
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    "mystery/psychological thriller"

    I enjoyed the reader's performance. I was glad that it wasn't one person trying to do both male and female voices.
    The overall story started to get tedious towards the end. But I would still recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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