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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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    Catherine Peachtree City, GA, United States 08-05-12
    Catherine Peachtree City, GA, United States 08-05-12
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    "A Solid One Star"

    Gone Girl is the story of a sociopath who fakes her own murder in order to frame her husband. In her mind, the death penalty is the appropriate punishment for a man who doesn't love her the correct way. She quickly realizes being at home to torture him in person is much more fun than being on the lam, so she returns.

    She is a horrible abuser, but even worse, he is such a loser he can't man-up enough to leave her. Knowing this is a novel, thus the characters should change in some way, I continued to listen through the very annoying readings given by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne to find out how Mrs. Psycho and Mr. Loser change their lives for better or worse.

    "Blah, blah, blah," Julia Whelan whines.

    "Blah, blah, blah," Kirby Heyborne drones on.

    "Audible hopes you enjoyed this book," says Audible Man.

    Wait, that cannot possibly be the end. There must be another section that didn't download to my iPod. But no, that was the end, at least the end of the words. It was in no way an end to a novel. I guess Gillian Flynn got as sick of her despicable characters as I did and just gave up.

    Without this abrupt stop of the story I probably would have given the book three stars. With no end to the story, though, I was not only disappointed but also extremely frustrated, and that earns Gone Girl a solid one star.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary East Liverpool, OH, United States 08-05-12
    Mary East Liverpool, OH, United States 08-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Gone Girl Crazy"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    The narrators were very good,..I felt like they WERE the characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amy...she was such a good sociopath


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he realized he was being manipulted by his wife...the treasure hunt


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

    A girl can be gone in so many ways


    Any additional comments?

    Never read Flynn book before kept me on edge and back and fourth on my feelings about the characters.....not just the main ones.... all of them.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lori SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 08-05-12
    Lori SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 08-05-12
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    "Loved the suspense and Unreality of it all"

    Marriage is hard, but this story made mine seem easy! The amount of intrigue in the book and the way it was written through her diary entries was quite clever while we followed the male character through his trials and tribulations of finding his wife. (I don't want to give the story away so I won't get too detailed here)

    Very well written, interesting book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Fawn Commerce City, CO, United States 08-04-12
    Fawn Commerce City, CO, United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "GET THIS BOOK"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. The perspectives of the husband and wife are best shared by the narration. Excellent readers, I really believed these people and that is so necessary for the story.


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

    There is no comparison for me. Maybe the movie 6th sense because of the twists you just don't see coming.


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

    I liked them and hated them both, as the author planned.


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

    WOW, pick one. The author really worked me over. I was sucked in and played like a harp!


    Any additional comments?

    I am so impressed with this story. I have read and listened to thousands of books in my life, and this one really knocked me over. The listener goes from having one perspective and really being behind a certain belief, then BAM! something crazy happens and you question the entire basis of what you originally thought. And then it happens again!! That might be a bit of a spoiler, but you still wont see it coming. GET THIS BOOK.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kim BOISE, Indonesia 08-04-12
    kim BOISE, Indonesia 08-04-12
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    "great book"
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    definately would recommend


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

    when she revealed the truth about the diary


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

    nice tones


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    i would highly recommend this book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary DALLAS, TX, United States 08-03-12
    Mary DALLAS, TX, United States 08-03-12
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    "great story - slow read"

    I loved this story, although I feel like there was no ending. It just stopped. That's disappointing, but dare I hope for a sequel? The actors reading it were good, but I felt like they were speaking way too slow. I listened to the entire thing on 1.5 speed. But overall, I couldn't put it down.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pat GRAPEVINE, TX, United States 08-03-12
    Pat GRAPEVINE, TX, United States 08-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Soap Opera fans will love this one!"

    At one point in the book, Nick says to Amy, "We are the two most needful people in the world and we are stuck with one another". A fair summation of the entire book, and unless you want to be stuck with the two of them for what seems to be an tnterminable period of time, avoid this book. My only saving grace was that I purchased the audible version, and therefore had the option of choosing the 2X speed option for the final third of the book, thereby getting it over with in half the time. Thank you Apple.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    emjayef Highland Park, Illinois, United States 08-03-12
    emjayef Highland Park, Illinois, United States 08-03-12 Member Since 2011

    emjayef

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    "Good story; unlikable characters"

    The story drew me in more and more with nice twists and turns. The main characters started off quite likable, but seemed to get creepier and more unlikable as the story progressed. For me, somewhat of an unsatisfactory ending.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karin United States 08-03-12
    Karin United States 08-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    ""Creepy" is Right!"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    This was not a predictable story line, but engaged me quickly. If it had been a read, it would have been a can't put down read near the end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed how my views of the characters changed throughout the story. The author had full control of the characters.


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

    The voices from both the character's perspective really brought the story to life.


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

    It was too long for that, but near the end my speakers blew out and I had to literally sit down to listen for the last hour and a half. I just had to.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald B. Johnson Largo, fl USA 08-03-12
    Ronald B. Johnson Largo, fl USA 08-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Book"

    When this book started out I thought I was reading a romance novel. Glad I stuck with it.
    Excellent plot development and really takes a turn around halfway through.
    A new and refreshing approach to a crime novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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