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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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    Sandra Melo Stokesdale,NC, United States 07-27-12
    Sandra Melo Stokesdale,NC, United States 07-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Hard to say something about it without spoilers"

    The book makes you love and hate the characters through the story, make you anxious about the next chapter, the next twist. It's a great story for sure and very well wrote. It's dark, intriguing and has a great narration. But trying to not spoil much, I just want say that the ending was disappointing, a total anticlimax.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tamica Tucson, AZ, United States 07-27-12
    Tamica Tucson, AZ, United States 07-27-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Wow this was crazy but crazy in a good way"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    I loved that there were different people narrating the book. That really helped move the story along. I will say, because there were absolutely no "down" moments in this book it was hard for me to not listen to it all at once, which I of course couldn't do.


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

    Even though some of the things were predictable it was really interesting to see how things worked themselves out. It was exciting and was written in a fresh, original way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't say what my favorite part was without ruining the book for everyone but the title of the book that Nick writes sums it up. That was what I was thinking the whole time and I literally laughe out loud.


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

    I think that this should be made into a movie, which may be difficult, but I would keep the title Gone Girl and the tag like would be How well do you know your neighbors? Ryan Gosling must play Nick.


    Any additional comments?

    I am truly a Gillian Flynn fan now. Keep it up girl!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Palmdale, Ca, United States 07-25-12
    Cheryl Palmdale, Ca, United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Slow at first"

    Started out slow. I didn't like either character. Then the story started building...moving, it was almost like a roller coaster ride. It was great until the end. When my Ipod clock registered 30 minutes until the end, I couldn't believe it. This can't be the end. Five minutes left, I can't believe it's ending like this. Slow beginning. LOVED the middle. Hated the end. Excellently written. I will read more Gillian Flynn. She's Good!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jules Langley, BC, Canada 07-25-12
    Jules Langley, BC, Canada 07-25-12
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    "Excellent Entertainment"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters were well done. The "He Said, She Said" style was perfect.


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

    Not sure -- maybe liking this book so much had to do with being able to listen to it while getting other things done. I didn't haved to continually put it down. It really flows well.


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

    Both Nick and Amy had lovely, insightful, poignant moments - and then there would be a twist. Some might not like that but I loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a keeper. I've already given away 2 copies as gifts.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Clearlake, CA, United States 07-25-12
    Stephanie Clearlake, CA, United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Better in the Second Half"

    If you can get through the first part (which I found a little draggy), the last parts make up for the slow moving "he said, she said" narration in the beginning. Although the twists were kind of predictable, I really enjoyed the story anyway. The characters were well drawn and interesting, albeit not particularly likeable. The dual narrators were quite good. At one point, I actually brought this one inside after turning off the car and listened to it in the house. For me, this is the biggest reason to provide a high overall entertainment rating.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Loves2Read Klamath Falls, OR, United States 07-25-12
    Loves2Read Klamath Falls, OR, United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Do you love Twists and Turns?"

    If so, you will love Gone Girl. This book is well worth the 18 hours of listening time.

    I started listening to this book and had to tell all the book lovers I know that I had found the next great read. Here was a book that told an interesting story through two completely different points of view. I told people that it was a fascinating study in marriage and the reasons that it is so hard to maintain a relationship between two intelligent people. In many ways, it is a scathing comedy of manners about modern relationships. It is also skewers our modern preoccupation with true crime and shows like "Nancy Grace".

    Then as the twists kept turning, I realized this really is a mystery afterall with just enough clues to make me belieive that everyone could be guilty. Now I was listening to find out if any of my theories were plausible. I kept thinking that if it twisted that much from my first impressions, then another big twist was going to come.

    More twists do come and few of my theories were right. The only reason I didn't give the story 5 stars is that the ending, though horrible enough to give you nightmares, didn't satisfy me the way the rest of the book did.

    The two readers do an excellent job, especially Julia Whalen. I am not sure I would have enjoyed the book as much without their interpretation of the characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. K. Scherer California, MD USA 07-24-12
    L. K. Scherer California, MD USA 07-24-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm am avid reader who has found I can fit in more books by listening when I drive. I'm a busy mom/grandma who likes to travel and reading is my relaxation so I choose books that keep my interest.

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    "Intriguing and captivating"

    The narrators of this story caught my attention from the start. They present the characters so well that you're drawn into the story. It feels believable, like real life. And then it veers into very odd territory that keeps you listening just to figure out where it's going. The narration gives you a rare glimpse into the thoughts of a really twisted person and the people that allow (or are forced to allow?) the dysfunction to continue. It is intense and it is graphic and very, very good!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jami E. Nettles Columbus, MS USA 07-24-12
    Jami E. Nettles Columbus, MS USA 07-24-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Believable, different story"

    I really enjoyed this story - I listen to a lot of mysteries, and this one was different, had more interesting characters, and kept me involved until the end. It had the ring of truth without being too heavy. I recommend it.

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    T.M. 07-23-12
    T.M. 07-23-12 Member Since 2000

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    "A Twist On A Twist On A Twist"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amy, she is complex. You may at one point think she's a bitch, and then she kicks her crazy up a notch, then you may think psycho bitch, and then she kicks it up another notch and you think pity the poor sob who crosses her. And not to be outdone she kicks it one more notch and you think, man I wouldn't even want to be on the same continent with this woman.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she starts to believe how smart she is compared to us mere mortals and is robbed by a couple. No street smarts, and you should never buy your own b.s.


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

    Yes, but I stretched it out.


    Any additional comments?

    Twisted but good and it sure kept my interest.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    eva Shavano Park, TX, United States 07-23-12
    eva Shavano Park, TX, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Gillian Flynn doesn't disappoint"

    I have been waiting anxiously for quite some time for Flynn to have a new audio book after having so been entertained by Sharp Objects and Dark Places. Gone Girl was great! The twists are there, you think you know where it's going and you may be partially right, but then there is a turn you don't anticipate. I just loved the book and the narration was flawless.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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