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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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    liza fresno, california, United States 03-11-13
    liza fresno, california, United States 03-11-13
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    "Keep u totally engaged,love the narrators"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the best book i have ever read. Keep it totally engaged and hooked and you just want to know what happened next next and next.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amy, She is a too good


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The woodshed discover and the way Kirby narrated it.. NO NO NO NO NO...it actually gave me goose bumps.. he is an awesome narrator. Thanks for the experience


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

    Yes, it kept me totally engaged


    Any additional comments?

    Simply Love it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    VSH GA, US 03-10-13
    VSH GA, US 03-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Gone Girl - Should be gone book"

    I kept waiting for justice to finally occur for Nick and was stunned at the sick ending. I feel I wasted my money and the time spent listening.

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    Elizabeth Lincoln, MA, USA 03-10-13
    Elizabeth Lincoln, MA, USA 03-10-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not nearly as good as the reviews indicated"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Perhaps if there hadn't been quite so much hype I would have enjoyed this book more. It didn't live up to my expectations. The plot was predictable, the characters were unsympathetic and it was not the best psychological thriller I've listened to this year.


    What was most disappointing about Gillian Flynn’s story?

    How unsympathetic ALL the characters were. you couldn't like any of them.


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

    None


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 03-10-13
    Robin 03-10-13 Member Since 2006
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    "NOT BELIEVABLE. ENTERTAINING AT BEST. WRONG READER"
    What disappointed you about Gone Girl?

    It's got a great hook in the beginning, and is sheer entertainment. But quickly the storyline reveals how unrealistic silly it is. It's so ridiculous, that it feels like teen literature. The readers make it even more bubblegum.
    The writing is nothing special. This is just a trashy fun read if you have time to waste, pickup the book -- the female reader makes this story even worse.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Lame. Not believable. The author must be psycho to have come up with this.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This story already smacks of trashy teen lit. The readers take it there all the way.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was entertaining 2/3 of the way through.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Toronto, ON, Canada 03-09-13
    Keith Toronto, ON, Canada 03-09-13 Member Since 2015
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    "5 others"

    I listened to this book, and then encouraged my wife to listen to it. I wrote to my mother and she purchased the paper copy of the book and then she gave it to her cousin. She then gave it to her daughter. So my downloading this book has encouraged about 5 others to read it.
    I will be looking for more by this author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alfred CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 03-09-13
    Alfred CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2009

    Audio is in Al's name but it's MaryJane who listens to the books.

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    "Undecided"

    Don't really know if I liked this book or not, story line was good, Amy is really an awful person but so is Nick, they DESERVE each other. Won't give away the ending but I didn't like it. It certainly keeps you guessing as to what is happening and what will happen next, but I just couldn't really get deep into it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jammie THATCHER, UT, United States 03-08-13
    Jammie THATCHER, UT, United States 03-08-13 Member Since 2011

    JamTheBaker

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    "WOW! WOW! WOW!"

    I had a really hard time deciding how many stars to give "Gone Girl" I was stunned into silence, not once but twice by this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Zach 03-08-13
    Zach 03-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great but can really P*SS you off!"

    I have fallen in love with Gillian Flynn. I hope she puts out more books soon. Reading one book of hers will make you want to read everything she has written. Great book but it will really make you mad at times.

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    karen Colubmus, OH, United States 03-08-13
    karen Colubmus, OH, United States 03-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The best book by far!"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    It grabs you when you start reading and never lets you go!


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

    the bad place by Dean Kuntz was just as mind grabbing


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

    Loved the two people narrating the story nice touch


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

    Mind Roller-coaster!


    Any additional comments?

    You have to read this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Massachusetts 03-07-13
    Michelle Massachusetts 03-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not sure why everyone loved it!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    This book never took off for me. I was waiting for it to get going the whole time. All my friends said to keep going that I would get into it. That never happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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