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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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    G Reinhardt 03-06-13
    G Reinhardt 03-06-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Deserves its "Best Seller" status"

    This mystery keeps you guessing, and just when you figure it out, it takes a weird turns you'll never guess! This telling was fantastic! Love it and highly recommend it.

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    M.W. SW USA 03-06-13
    M.W. SW USA 03-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Sequel?"

    This is a very well written book. I'm not just talking about stellar character development, excellent pace and plot, the vertigo twists and turns. No, I'm talking about the rare gift that some authors have to string together a sentence and make you want to write it down so those words could come out of your mouth some day. When I start hearing that, I really start getting excited about a book.

    The ending of this book was a tad disappointing. While this could be the end of the book, period, done, no more...I doubt it. This is feeling like a sequel is coming. I guess I can't blame authors. Writing is a business and I'm sure publishers put pressure on them to end a book in such a way that if it is a success, another can follow and cling onto the hype. I guess the days of a commercially successful, well crafted book just standing on its own merits and entirely self-contained are over, and I'm grousing about that. But I will definitely buy the sequel and start looking for other titles by this author.

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    Casondra Brady Eden Prairie, MN, United States 03-06-13
    Casondra Brady Eden Prairie, MN, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Keeps you guessing"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5, was able to keep my attention along with the story changing while keeping it suspenseful


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    haley clearwater, FL, United States 03-06-13
    haley clearwater, FL, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I recommend it, but didn't actually like it..."

    What can I say about Gone Girl? Am I glad I read it? Yes. Do I recommend it? Yes. Would I read it again? HELL NO. I must admit, I truly was captivated until the end, but once it was over, I was sooooo glad it was over. I could deal with the fact that both characters were pretty unlikeable... It is hard for me to give a review without spoilers, so I will pretty much leave it at that.

    It is well written, and it really does hold your interest. I hesitate to even rate this book, because of my mixed feelings. This book left me feeling so conflicted. I hated it, but yet I'm glad I read it.. and I actually recommend it.

    I think overall I'm amazed by how such a sh*t story was so well crafted, and such a 'page turner', it still intrigues me as I sit here and write this review...

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    KG 03-05-13
    KG 03-05-13
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    "A totally unbelievable story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I think the story could have been condensed into far less that nineteen hours. I found myself trying to listen at 1.5 speed, but that was not a good plan. I started out enjoying the story but the intricacies of the plot got so unbelievable that I became "tired" listening. Apparently, there was only one smart character in the book and everyone else had to fit in the "stupid" category. Then when I got to the end (which I will not reveal) I just said to myself, "Oh, please!!" I think the author just wanted to leave her options open to write a sequel - which I will not read/listen to.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I think I might listen to the latest Jonathan Kellerman or Ken Follett book.


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

    Their voices fit the characters and they were very easy to listen to.


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

    I could definitely see it being made in to a movie but have no idea who might play the parts.


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    mel BALTIMORE, MD, United States 03-05-13
    mel BALTIMORE, MD, United States 03-05-13
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    "Meh- Really weird book"

    I waited a few months after I finished before writing a review to see if my initial opinion changed. It didn't. I still don't get what all the hype is about. I will give the author kudos for the creative "twist" in the plot line, but the story overall just left a bad taste in my mouth. Maybe it was just a little too dark for me, but I would not recommend this book.

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    D Robinson illinois 03-05-13
    D Robinson illinois 03-05-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Weird & Sad"
    What did you like best about Gone Girl? What did you like least?

    This book kept you guessing but I never liked the answers much. If you want to be surprised by weird things people can inflict on one another this book is for you. If you want a happy romance this is NOT it. It was too dark and twisted for me.


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    Norman Montclair, US, Canada 03-05-13
    Norman Montclair, US, Canada 03-05-13
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    "Great One"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    Great book, definitely one of the greats. The story has plenty twists and turns and although you see some of them coming it still manages to keep you in the air. But what really takes this audio book to the next level is the narration, both Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne manage to take in a journey for the ages keeping you guessing and hoping for more.


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

    It did, the book creates this level of comfort for the listener and as you the listener have chosen a side it completely turns the worlds upside down.


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

    No, this is my first time listening to both these narrators, but they were both superb.


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

    As the book first starts it seem to me a bit dull, but about a quarter in I just couldn't stop.


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    Casey United States 03-04-13
    Casey United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great audio production, but hated story line"
    What did you like best about Gone Girl? What did you like least?

    This is one of the better audio books that I have heard as far as narrators go. I appreciate the producers bringing in two actors to play the main characters instead of only having one actor for both the male and female narration.

    This book did rope me in. It was a roller coaster of emotions and opinions of the main characters. From previous reviews I knew that there was a big plot twist somewhere in the story and I spent a lot my time listening trying to predict what that would be. In the end I wish that I would have read this instead of listening to it. I can read a lot faster than an actor can narrate and I think I would have been happier if it didn't take so long to get to the end.

    Oh the end... it really pissed me off. I hated, loathed and fantasized about murdering some of these characters myself. In some ways it is a testament to a writer's ability to be able to elicit such emotions from her readers. However, I wish I had never read/ listened to this story at all.


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    Gary MORRISTOWN, NJ, United States 03-04-13
    Gary MORRISTOWN, NJ, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Great Story"

    Love this book! This story had me captivated with the twists and turns of a well written story. Every time I went to put it down something would happen that made me want to continue. The narrators are fantastic and brought the story to life. I've heard different perspectives on the ending...but I thought it was appropriate.

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