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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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    Leporello 12-09-12
    Leporello 12-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't get the hype about this pretty dreadful book"

    This book was a pretty big disappointment. As others have said the story is tiresome because none of the characters are at all likeable. I also have to wonder if the director even paid attention to the way the actors were reading. Kirby makes Nick sound like one of the "Fab Five" on Queer Eye instead of the player that the book makes him out to be. Julia's interpretation of Nick was far more masculine.

    The story eventually becomes so outrageous that it you just want it to end. Characters that had potential are just dropped. I don't know much about this author but from this book I can asses that she has no idea how to write a male character. What man uses the word penis other than when he is talking to a doctor? It also seems that she has a lot of pent up man hatred.

    Don't believe the hype. Read something else instead.

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    Edie 12-09-12
    Edie 12-09-12

    Edie

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    "Unique and Entertaining Tale"

    There's nothing as interesting as the human psyche gone awry and Flynn has captured this well. These personality disordered people are completely captivating. In fact it was difficult to put this one down.

    The only problem was with the male narrator. His voice did not fit the character. I would have preferred someone like Grisham's Michael Beck who would have nailed this. The female narrator was great!

    All in all, I loved this book!

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    Diana 12-09-12
    Diana 12-09-12
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    "You have to read this twisted brilliant novel!"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    Yes! My mind was officialy blown. I love a good book that keeps you guessing and this was one for the records. This book was well written and brilliant.


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

    Yes, the very very edge of my seat. It gave nothing away until it was due time, I like that. I was guessing until the plot was revealed. It sends you in 10 very practical directions trying to wrap your head around it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like the chapter where the wife explains what it is to be the "cool girl" and what that actually means. Had me laughing my butt off!


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

    The book is truly twisted on so many levels it is hard to pin point just 1 moment. I did like the last chapter, when Nick decides that he is now where he was always meant to be. Sick and twisted, but in general, a great ending.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is dark and twisted and very well written. I have already recommended it to all of my friends. It is well worth reading. The narration is good, I really enjoyed it, I know you will too.

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    Mish 12-07-12
    Mish 12-07-12
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    "Your will want to keep listening & listening....."

    Full of surprises....Thoroughly entertaining! Very well written! Has all the elements of good book. You wont be disappointed!

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    Shannon Sebeka, MN, United States 12-07-12
    Shannon Sebeka, MN, United States 12-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved It! Loved It! Loved It!"

    I usually don't take the time to write a review on anything but thought this book was worth the effort. The story line was compelling and absorbing. Left me feeling disturbed. I now have listened to all the Gillian Flynn books (Sharp Objects and Dark Places) that audible has so far! New favorite author! The narrators did a fantastic job as well. I truly have nothing bad to say about this book. Seriously...I could see a movie deal in the making!

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    Angela Nashville, TN, United States 12-07-12
    Angela Nashville, TN, United States 12-07-12 Member Since 2012

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    "I didn't see that one coming"
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    Deliciously dark and twisted is how I would describe this book. It's like watching a train wreck - you can't look away. Both of the main characters are outrageously bad but boy is it entertaining. I like that the author doesn't clearly make one character a shining example of human perfection and the other "the bad one". My loyalties kept changing as new information was uncovered. This was just so much decadent fun! Even now, months later, I think of this book. I'm still conflicted about the ending but, really, it's just a minor detail that in no way changes the amount of enjoyment I got from this book.

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    Larry APTOS, CA, United States 12-07-12
    Larry APTOS, CA, United States 12-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Gave up after 5 hours"

    Maybe this book gets better, but I couldn't find anything to hang on to after 5 hours of listening. Every character was whiny and dull. Nothing ever happened except the characters become worse and worse as people and I wanted to hear about them less and less. Writing seemed cliched and trite to me. Structure was obvious. Reader was a bit too slow. Waiting and waiting and no payoffs. I probably should have stuck it out but, nah, this is a no for me.

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    Tanya Chantilly, Va, United States 12-06-12
    Tanya Chantilly, Va, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I really enjoyed it!"

    I had heard good things about this book so I downloaded it. The first third of the book is very unrewarding but then it gets good!

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    Rose Spring Hill, Fl, US 12-06-12
    Rose Spring Hill, Fl, US 12-06-12
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    "Love this book.,"
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Great. Surprising. Crazy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick - Just his mental being throughout the whole story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when she returned home after being missing and Nick knew exactly what happened.


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

    I love this book. It made me laugh a lot. It put a smile on my face but it was also a book on how you just never know.


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    Lissa 12-06-12
    Lissa 12-06-12 Member Since 2014

    I'll read or listen to just about anything. But my true loves are Dean Koontz and Anne Rice.

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    "Twist after twist"
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Great story that keeps you guessing. I liked having 2 narrators too. And they both did a great job!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists!


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

    I don''t want to give anything away. But I liked both narrations.


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

    I couldn't stop listening. Normally, I listen only at work. This one had me listening to and from work, at home, at the store, on walks... :)


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