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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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    Karen Doyline, LA, United States 03-21-13
    Karen Doyline, LA, United States 03-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "BORING!!!!"
    What disappointed you about Gone Girl?

    It is too slow, just doesn't capture your attention


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

    It's just too stupid to listen to


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

    no-one


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gone Girl?

    all that back and forth, it loses the story


    Any additional comments?

    I acnnot believe that this is suppose to be a Best Seller!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Eugene, OR, United States 03-21-13
    Mary Eugene, OR, United States 03-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Not what I expected"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I should have looked into what this book was about, because I was not able to suspend my horror, at how awful the characters were....I started out so hopeful, I thought it was a love story. Reminds me of when I first saw Pulp Fiction, thinking it was going to be fun, and left thinking what a horrific movie....years later and a couple of times re-watching it, I get it. I need forewarning, to prepare myself for those instances when I am supposed to just go along for the ride and be entertained. I am a vicarious reader/watcher so I am troubled when I expect one thing and get another. Lesson learned with this book...I don't want to know too much, but I do need to know it is a twisted thriller, and not a lovely little story about two people and the ups and downs of matrimony.


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    Joey Bountiful, UT, United States 03-21-13
    Joey Bountiful, UT, United States 03-21-13
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    "Couldn't wait to get back in my car to listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very much recommended. This book had moments that made me laugh, made me angry, make me self-reflective, and made me sit in my car listening in my driveway each day when I got home from work.


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

    Kirby lends a voice to the story that makes you trust the character and then not trust the character. Julia's voice is also very attractive and absolutely perfect for the character.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Heramb Marietta, GA United States 03-19-13
    Daniel Heramb Marietta, GA United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Good until the end...which seems to be missing."

    The book starts out incredibly slow and uneventful, but picks up steam until you're constantly wondering whodunnit. Both of the main characters are twisted in their own way and I wish she would have capitalized on that to make a better ending. She seems to just leave the story hanging without its last chapter.

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    Alisa SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 03-19-13
    Alisa SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "More than twisted..."
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great narration, overall good production.


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

    But wait, there's more....


    Any additional comments?

    The other reviews are right. This is the most twisted story of a marriage and relationship I have ever read. "a marriage gone toxically wrong", is an understatement. If you think the plot is seeming predictable, keep listening, you're probably wrong! Entertaining but very disturbing at the same time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 03-19-13
    Patricia 03-19-13

    I started out listening to books for work and now have become addicted. Every where I drive is a new adventure...

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    "Don't understand the hype"

    Only made it to the 5th chapter and stopped. Did not find it interesting and really didn't enjoy anything about it. All my girlfriend loved this book ... I don't think it was worth the credit I used.

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    Tara K Anderson Kernersville, NC United States 03-19-13
    Tara K Anderson Kernersville, NC United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Glad I Listened to My Friends!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, since I picked this book based on recommendations my friends made to me! I normally stay in the YA world, but this was a good pick for dabbling in the more twisted, complicated world of adult psychological thrillers. I think pretty much anyone can get something out of this story, since you aren't supposed to like these characters and it's a fast read (/listen).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I knew there would be twists, so the first major twist in the story (around the mid point) was pretty good. I was ready for the author to mess with my head a bit, and she certainly did.


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

    Honestly, it made me never want to get married. Nick and Amy are what I don't ever want to become.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't stop listening to this story. I don't know if I would have picked the book up without seeing how many of my friends loved and recommended it, but I'm glad I did. Seriously... I was putting my phone next to the shower so I could shower without having to pause my listening. Yeah. It's like that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lesleigh 03-19-13
    Lesleigh 03-19-13

    Devout reader. Teacher by trade, currently acting as executive assistant to the Centers of Attention, Harper and Quinn. Lucky wife and mom currently living as an expat in Shanghai, China.

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    "Victim of overhype, but a solid listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. But I would be careful to tell them that it is not for those who like conventional storylines, and that people sometimes are upset by the ending.


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

    Oh, I can think of two. The beginning of Part Two, where the point-of-view switch jars the listener and forces her to question assumptions made previously. And the hotly debated ending of the novel.


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

    The duel narrator model worked well for this title, but I thought that both narrators were lacking in passion in some portions of the story.


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    Mookey 03-19-13
    Mookey 03-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Twisty and Dark"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    The two sides taking turns each chapter and how part two revels the truth.


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

    Part Two


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 03-19-13
    Patricia 03-19-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A riverting, well written story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. I loved the way the characters and story developed and how we were kept hanging from a cliff. It is not often that I am so enthralled in a mystery that I am tempted to skip to the end to find out "who dunnit"


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

    I liked Julia better. I found Kirbys voice a little grating when playing male characters


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the better mysteries I have listened to in a while. A much richer story than the average. I picked this book from a book sale and would definitely recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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