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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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    Tiffany France Midlothian, VA, United States 12-31-12
    Tiffany France Midlothian, VA, United States 12-31-12
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    "I barely made it through"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This story is silly and unbelievable. Let's start there. And the characters are morally reprehensible. Someone has been watching too much CSI. But the WORST is the way the story dragged on in the middle, to the point I was nearly scratching out my eyeballs. Now that I am finished I realize I don't miss the characters, and I didn't learn anything about humanity, nor did I leave with any memories.


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    Lisa Broken Arrow, OK, United States 12-31-12
    Lisa Broken Arrow, OK, United States 12-31-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Chilling...keeps you guessing from the very start"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    This is one of those books that you just want to tell people about - I shared parts of the plotline with my husband. I love that no one is totally right and no one is totally wrong - both spouses are deeply flawed. We really get into their minds. It's interesting how it's possible to misunderstand someone, even a person who we're supposed to know very well.


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

    It did...there was so much second-guessing of a character's motives...even though I had a hint of what happened, when the whole story was revealed the details were incredibly well thought-out. You really catch a glimpse into the mind of a sociopath.


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

    Both narrators did a phenomenal job of enacting Nick and Amy...the nuances of each person's speech were mirrored by the other narrator. They really caught different sides of each character.


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

    Gone Girl...You just think you know her...


    Any additional comments?

    Makes me want to find more books by Gillian Flynn. Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terry 12-30-12
    Terry 12-30-12 Member Since 2011

    Retired autoworker, and photographer! Started to listen to audio books, when I developed cataracts, and never stopped! Love the listen!

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    "A Good Idea But Tedious"

    I found this story to be so far fetched and improbable that it was difficult for me to finish this book. It just seemed to drag on with details so the author could complete the book.

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    Michelle Pflugerville, TX, United States 12-29-12
    Michelle Pflugerville, TX, United States 12-29-12
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    "Page turner"
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    worth your time


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    difficult to say... it was a love hate thing for all the characters ...


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

    First one


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

    In the end... .it comes down to one thing: choices


    Any additional comments?

    I was hesitant at first and not really into the book until Part 2. There were parts in Part 1 that made you second guess some actions and built the intrigue but not enough until the very beginning of Part 2... then I was hooked. This is typically the case with good books.. it takes a little while to dig through the beginning or tredge through the beginning.. but it is well worth it once you get to the climax. This book kept on dishing them out though. I kept listening to find out what the next twist was going to be. I experienced many emotions while listening to the book. I was routing for the husband then the wife then the sister then the police then back around again. Really good twists and turns in the storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Annie USA 12-29-12
    Annie USA 12-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "90% isn't bad..."

    For me, this book had a bit of slow beginning.. but that would just be me swallowing the hook, the line and the sinker! I loved the character development.. even if I didn't like the character.. I went deeper and deeper ... enjoying the ride... almost clapping my hands at the surprises... overjoyed .. until the ending. Bleh. Unsatisfying.. even irritating!.. So is it worth a listen??? You bet... but prepare to be left feeling a bit irritated.

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    Jennifer Ottawa, KS, United States 12-29-12
    Jennifer Ottawa, KS, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2013
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    "I LOVE THIS BOOK!"

    This book is AMAZING! There were several moments of "Nuh-uh!" I couldn't believe some things that happened! I was sucked in. Couldn't stop listening!!!!

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    Stephania Norman, OK, United States 12-28-12
    Stephania Norman, OK, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story, a little vulgar for me"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    Don't know if I'll go looking for one by Flynn. Her writing was a little "in your face" for my taste. I did, however, like the twist in the middle. Very much caught me off guard.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not a prude, by any means, but I was a little put off by how many times I listened to so many words that I don't usually say. I don't know if it was more offensive listening to it or if I had read the words on a page, but if this isn't something you want to hear, don't download it. It is prominent.

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    Christine M Garvey Colville, WA United States 12-28-12
    Christine M Garvey Colville, WA United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Long but good"
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    I thought this was really long by audio; in fact I stopped and went back to it, but I really liked it and was glad I finished it. I hated Amy--ugh!

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    E. Heard 12-28-12
    E. Heard 12-28-12 Member Since 2011

    Mom of Twins

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    "Twists and turns add surprise and interest"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    I loved it when the first big twist happened--I knew this book would be something out of the ordinary. The plot kept thickening and it was not at all predictible.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Amy because I hated her and that was fun.


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    Mary 12-27-12
    Mary 12-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    Kept you guessing, couldn't stop listening....


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

    Once you think you have it figured out there is a twist, and it starts all over again. Very engaging.


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

    Great narration


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best books I've listened to all year

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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