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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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    Kara Erie, PA, USA 06-19-14
    Kara Erie, PA, USA 06-19-14 Member Since 2006
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    "WOW"
    Any additional comments?

    I downloaded this book b/c my "usual" authors didn't have anything new of interest to me... When I first started listening, I wasn't sure that I was going to enjoy this story. But as the story continued I became hooked... and then I couldn't wait until the end. The story was in depth and I couldn't believe the lengths the characters went to in the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly ROCKY MOUNT, NC, United States 06-18-14
    Kelly ROCKY MOUNT, NC, United States 06-18-14 Member Since 2012

    I am amazing.

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    "CRAZY!"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    This book started out BORING. I couldn't put it down after awhile. These characters are crazy. You love one, hate the other, then hate them both!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The two main characters. Like I said you love and hate them... but pretty much hate them.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The voices were super annoying at first... but after awhile you get used to it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No laughing or crying just a big WOW!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Plain City, UT, United States 06-18-14
    Julia Plain City, UT, United States 06-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "As Good As "They" Say it is"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the two different voices.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ugh, they were both main characters are horrible people, which is part of the charm of this book I guess. I don't want to spoil anything, but lets just say I do love me some revenge.


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

    Yes, it is extremely entertaining, and it felt like each chapter left on a cliff hanger.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katie 06-17-14
    Katie 06-17-14
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    "Only 40% of the way through & can't set it down."
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    I literally cannot see where this is going to go... is she dead? Did she leave him? Could she just leave everyone behind? Do her parents have something to do with it? Did she kill herself? Is the trail all going to lead to her with divorce papers? Man I just can't tell. But the way the chapters chop between Amy's chronological diary entries from the moment she met Nick forward, to the next chapter where it is real time and from Nick's perspective looking for Amy. You really can't tell if he is the culprit, confused as much as you are, an evil psychopath, or and oblivious husband who had no idea he was being a terrible husband to begin with... or is it all just a dream? I will update this review when I finish, but it is a MUST read for anyone who has been in a relationship that has went sour... the perspective of Amy is just oddly accurate to the way your brain starts to work when in an abusive relationship, isolated from your loved ones, for far too long (no matter how independent and successful the woman, or man in few cases, may be).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I will have to wait til I finish before I answer, I can't tell who I hate yet, or who is truthful... the protagonist has not yet been revealed. But maybe this is a story that makes you not like anyone in the end, maybe it just reveals the evil in the world for what it is, evil, awful... but unfortunately inevitable.


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

    I started out the book by reading a hard copy, just started listening in Chapter 17 on the audible book. I will revisit this answer once I finish the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I will revisit this answer once I finish the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I will revisit this answer once I finish the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 06-09-14
    Sarah 06-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The Ending Left Me Saying...."Seriously???""
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Ending was LAME


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

    I am not a writer, but I sat at my desk for about a week trying to get through the 19(?) hours of this Audiobook. The story was ok, at times I had to keep myself motivated to listen....and then the end. The end left me thinking, "Seriously?"....that's it, that's the end?!?!? I just spent 19 hours listening to this huge story, patiently waiting and then BAM, it's over. Just a note....I can't get those 19 hours back of my life.


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

    Nope


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

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    The New York Times Best Seller List must really be lacking some amazing stories to have put this book on the list for so long. Really kind of disappointed....what happened to a Great Story??

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Grant Torrance, CA, United States 06-04-14
    Grant Torrance, CA, United States 06-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Best performed book of the year!"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    The two narrators/performers were EXCELLENT in this book and were able to create multiple characters that painted a very strong picture. I would pick a book just based on the fact that they were performing it. GREAT job!


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

    See Above. Excellent performances from both. VERY strong. Would recommend the book on their performance alone.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice suspense throughout. The ending was a bit anti-climactic, but I was held capture throughout 99% of the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Randi Lebanon, NH, United States 06-02-14
    Randi Lebanon, NH, United States 06-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Surprising twists."

    When I was in college taking a script writing class, my professor would say, "You can't shoot the gun in the third scene unless you hang it on the wall in the first scene". Well... no-one had the gun hanging on the wall in this book. Expect the unexpected...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Denver, CO, United States 06-01-14
    Carol Denver, CO, United States 06-01-14 Member Since 2011

    I love audible books, although I've been a voracious reader before I joined Audible. I long for really good books. I've had a few.

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    "The Unsatisfying Ending"

    Very well constructed story, kept me on the edge of my chair until about 3/4 of the way through. The ending was so unsatisfactory for me. It just didn't match any of the finesse and great storytelling that came before. I hear there's a movie. I hope they fix the ending!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Don Young 05-26-14
    Don Young 05-26-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Mixed experience"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    Probably not another book by Gillian Flynn as Gone Girl was too uneven; would get a book narrated by either Julia Whelan or Kirby Heyborne.


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

    No- too uneven


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

    They were both good at ecoming their ccharacters


    Was Gone Girl worth the listening time?

    overall, no


    Any additional comments?

    She started the book out as rather boring; the middle part was fascinating; the ending was strange and disappointing; the denouement non-existent

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Battreall Colorado 05-24-14
    Deborah Battreall Colorado 05-24-14
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    "Ehhh"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    This book was well-performed, but the story was not remotely plausible. This is not high-brow fiction by any means, though some of the phrasing was very clever.


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

    yes


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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