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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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    Keenan 05-20-14
    Keenan 05-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    The actors make this story. Not every audiobook is so well read, but these two bring it to life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    After 18 hours, Nick calls Tanner and Tanner's response is priceless.


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    Sara 05-19-14
    Sara 05-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Keeps You Guessing"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    It was interesting from start to finish.


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

    Yes, Flynn does a great job with the character development and is constantly aware of the way she's leading the reader in order to keep just ahead of us.


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

    GO.


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

    Yes.


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    Janet 05-17-14
    Janet 05-17-14 Member Since 2009
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    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ms. Flynn must be a little crazy to come with a plot like this one. Language is a bit raunchy. The characters are so complex and well developed. I was a little disappointed with the ending. However I don't know what kind of ending I would have wanted. Overall I enjoyed this book very much.


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    Natalie 05-17-14
    Natalie 05-17-14
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read it, I only listened so I cant answer that.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick, because its so easy to get wrapped up in his character.


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

    Amy, because her voice fits perfectly.


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

    Get ready for a back stab.


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    Mary Kaye Halterman Charlotte, North Carolina United States 04-02-14
    Mary Kaye Halterman Charlotte, North Carolina United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    The story line was good and kept you interested.


    Would you recommend Gone Girl to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I did not like the ending....as it felt ...undone


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

    No


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Carol Belle river, ON, Canada 02-20-14
    Carol Belle river, ON, Canada 02-20-14 Member Since 2010

    I listen to a book a day just about. I am 49, I love mystery, thriller, true crime. G.Guidall best reader for me.

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    Easy read, mindless. Nothing chilling about it, no mystery, no thriller, just a story with a somewhat who done it, at best.

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    Amber TAMPA, FL, United States 12-17-13
    Amber TAMPA, FL, United States 12-17-13
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    "Loved everything about this novel!"
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    Though it started off slow, I ended up really loving Gone Girl! The story was fantastic with lots of plot twists.

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    Diane Three Oaks, MI, United States 11-28-13
    Diane Three Oaks, MI, United States 11-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    What is next!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amy.
    she's a classic sociopath and everyone loves her. Scary to think that there are people like her out there.


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

    Again, Amy. Julia performed her perfectly.


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

    You know Amy? You are screwed.


    Any additional comments?

    This book pinned it down for me. I am a fan. What will Ms. Flynn write next?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hgeorge Mount Shasta, CA, United States 10-14-13
    Hgeorge Mount Shasta, CA, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Ugh"
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Gentle reader beware


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

    No favorites, they were all puppets.


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

    I found it trite, manufactured and uncomfortable. It brought noise to my thoughts.


    Any additional comments?

    My book group found this book fascinating and they would recommend this. Some people could really relate.

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    S. K. Plante Pinckney, MI USA 09-30-13
    S. K. Plante Pinckney, MI USA 09-30-13 Member Since 2010

    Mrs. Plante

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    "LOVED! Must be better in audio"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, Julia Whenlan, has become one of my absolute favs! I've talked to several people that didn't care for this book so I'm assuming it's a much different experience in print because I often found myself sitting in the car, running late, just so I could listen.


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

    The plot twists were great. The mystery keep you guessing. Just when you think you've figured it out, you haven't.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Right when she flips the switch and the character shows us who she really is. WOW!


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

    The Stranger in Your Bed


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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