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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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    Thais 11-14-12
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    This book is full of crazy people and that is what makes it so good. Love the different readers for the characters. couldn't stop listening.

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    Vicki 11-13-12
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    "wonderful narration - good story"

    Overall, I enjoyed this story despite being a bit disappointed with the ending. Having a male and female narrator enhanced the story.

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    Catherine 11-13-12
    Catherine 11-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Stick with it"

    Stick with it. This one has plenty of surprises, some pleasant. Drudge through the idiocy of the husband in the first part for some lovely curves in the story.

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    Chrisinda 11-12-12
    Chrisinda 11-12-12
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    "Truly enjoyed!"
    Any additional comments?

    This was my first book by this author, and I really enjoyed it. Look forward to listening to the authors other books!

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    Krista Golden, CO, United States 11-12-12
    Krista Golden, CO, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Addiction! Could NOT put it down."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book. Even when I thought I knew what was happening, I had to know HOW, and if I was RIGHT, and what everyone involved would THINK and SAY and DO to make it happen or in reaction once it did. I didn't like anyone in this book, but I was completely intrigued by the way they became what they were and why they were letting each other RUIN them. I quite literally could not stop until it ended, until I knew. And at the end I was still disappointed with how ruinous the whole thing was. Yes, these characters are far-fetched. That's what made it so wonderful and escapist for me.


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

    My closest comparison would be wit House of Sand and Fog, since I despised everyone in that book too, but couldn't put it down until everyone was satisfactorily destroyed.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, although I have no idea how the narrators kept themselves from speeding up intensely as things got so twisted...


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

    Like Watching a Train Wreck...You Won't Look Away.


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    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 11-12-12
    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 11-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Twisted Marriage...Good Story"

    It's a novel novel, and one you will likely remember. Different is too plain a word to describe this married couple. As many have learned from first hand experience, seeking perfection can create some very insidious imperfections. If you can be entertained by becoming and remaining frustrated, this could be one of your favorites. Book clubs and amateur Psychiatrists should love having this raw meat to chew on!

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    Frank Oakmont, PA, United States 11-11-12
    Frank Oakmont, PA, United States 11-11-12
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    "Fun to listen to"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    No I won't listen again. I don't like repeats.


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

    No other book I can compare it to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last scene was totally unexpected.


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

    I was shocked by the ending and would of never believe it. I was expecting other outcomes but not the one the book ended with.


    Any additional comments?

    Really fun to listen to.

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    David United States 11-11-12
    David United States 11-11-12
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    "Tedious"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    NO


    What was most disappointing about Gillian Flynn’s story?

    It was the slowest moving novel I have read in years and it drags on iseemingly interminably.


    How could the performance have been better?

    With better material.


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

    No.


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    Heather Belleville, IL, United States 11-11-12
    Heather Belleville, IL, United States 11-11-12 Member Since 2011

    Work at home mom, who loves to listen while she works!

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    "blah."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    DON'T buy this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    NO. Well that's not completely fair. I won't SEEK out a book by Gillian Flynn again.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    Maybe


    What character would you cut from Gone Girl?

    ?


    Any additional comments?

    I was bored. ONLY got about 1/4 way through.

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    Philomena Chicago, IL, United States 11-10-12
    Philomena Chicago, IL, United States 11-10-12
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    "A Cocky Thriller that Escalates with Every Page"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    What I loved best was the supremely masterful talent Gillian Flynn has for crafting out such a clever and tantalizing story. This is one author who shouldn't get lost in the mix.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's CLEVER. Gillian Flynn didn't just create any old psychopath. This one is remarkably intelligent, and I imagine could outwit the devil himself.


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

    They were fantastic! I cannot say enough good things about their performance. Each one contributed equally to the story, and they were so believable, it required no effort on the listener's part at all to accept them as their characters from the very first words out of their mouths.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my second Gillian Flynn audiobook, and today I begin my third. This masterful author is not just imaginative, she has the highly strategic intelligence of a four-star Army General. Her writing is multi-layered, like a game of Clue, all stitched together with surgical precision. I've read/listened to thousands of books by hundreds of authors, and I'm telling you, THIS author is superb.

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