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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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    Amazon Customer Bellevue, WA, United States 07-19-12
    Amazon Customer Bellevue, WA, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "You can't stop listening"

    This was hard to put down. At first I didn't think I would like the format that shifted between Amy and Nick, but it made the story even more interesting. Watch for more from this author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie 07-19-12
    Natalie 07-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the Best Books of 2012!"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    First and foremost, it is a taut and tightly woven story. Gillian Flynn is a master storyteller, and the performers pulled it off masterfully.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed Nick's parts the best, though I really enjoyed the character Detective Ronda Boney (sp?) the best.


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

    This is actually my first audio book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.


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

    What happens when two, attractive sociopaths get hitched?


    Any additional comments?

    Let me start out by saying that I do not generally read mystery books. I"m not a fan of gum shoe, who-dunits. But something about the description of this book pulled me in.
    I LOVED IT! In fact, it's at the top of my list of best books of 2012 (behind The Fault in Our Stars).
    Gillian Flynn created a taut thriller, full of so many twists and turns, the reader could get whiplash.
    But I think what made it particularly engaging, for me, was the underlying study of a marriage. I've been married for over two decades, and a divorce attorney for almost 20 years. I've been in a position to be an observer the the marriage relationship. I think Gillian Flynn understands marriage - very well. Though she's writing about people that, it turns out, are pretty darn unbalanced (an understatement), Flynn's exploration of the cat and mouse game of marriage rings very true.
    Flynn goes deeper, though, than just looking at marriage. Gillian Flynn also deftly weaves into her story an indictment of our modern, media-driven justice system - and our media-driven culture. The book leaves the reader considering the question of persona. Where is the line between the real us - the real spouse - the real friend -- and the persona that people use when interacting publicly. All of us are, to some extent or another, in this age of social media, an "Amazing Amy."
    As a mystery, the book rocks. I usually figure it out right away. So I was happy that Flynn will keep me guessing up until the very end. And the end is haunting.
    My only criticism of the book is that, at times, there were just too many words. Each of the characters could go on, and on. I started to wax over. Especially when I got into Part II of the book, there just seemed to be a lot that could have been cut. Unessential character blabbering. Once again (my worn out refrain these days), a really good editor could have helped Flynn make this story so much tighter. Sigh, where have all the editors gone?

    Even if you, like me, are not a mystery reader, try this book.
    Gillian Flynn has earned a new fan.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shannan United States 07-19-12
    Shannan United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!"
    Any additional comments?

    I didn't know what to expect with this book as it is out of my usual preferred genre. Kept me on the edge of my seat. Best part was the performance with the two readers spot on their characters!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kat MD 07-19-12
    Kat MD 07-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Lifetime Original Movie on Acid"
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    PsychoticPredictableUnsatisfying


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn? Why or why not?

    I'm not sure - I thought this book was really well presented. I felt like it was a predictable book that was pretending that it wasn't.


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

    Bleaker, the cat.


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

    This book really frustrated me. It did make me laugh at some parts - both at and with the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite my feelings on the story, I did feel that the audio book was well performed. I think that I would've been a lot more frustrated if I read the hardcover version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rebecca 07-19-12
    rebecca 07-19-12
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    "Loved the book but HATED the ending!"

    Such a great story. Loved the narrators. Loved the first person narrative. Loved both voices. Loved the buildup. But hated hated hated the ending. If this were a physical book I would've thrown it across the room. I will never read another one of her books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI, United States 07-19-12
    Laura CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good read, couldn't put it down."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    I think the audio version of this was awesome, and made the reading experience better. This was the first audible.com purchase I made and I loved that it had two narrators because the book had both husband and wife's point of view. They did a great job.


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

    I couldn't put the book down. There were twists and cliff hangers. It was extremely well-written.


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

    I loved the delivery of the narrators. The voices they had for other characters and the fact that I felt like I was listening to the actual characters from the novel from first person telling their story themselves. I didn't feel like I was being read to.


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

    I did not have an extreme reaction to this book, other than the fact that I was upset with the ending. But, I won't spoil it for anyone else. I would still recommend this to everyone on audible.com - it's a great read.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Smith Texas 07-18-12
    Jane Smith Texas 07-18-12 Member Since 2011

    redwall

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    "Worth the download"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    Great book told from two points of view---great to listen to and very well written.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending was great!


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

    I like Amy's character best---felt like as the audience you could really "see" her facial expressions and her mind working....


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada 07-18-12
    Carmen Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada 07-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "This one really sucked me in...."

    Despite my headline, I must say that I almost gave up on this book in the first hour or two, then all of a sudden it got so interesting I could barely stand to turn it off.

    I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give anything away - but I will say that it was a fun ride full of twists, turns and surprises. It's been a long time since I was so glued to a book. Well worth your time to listen!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JAB OC, California 07-18-12
    JAB OC, California 07-18-12 Member Since 2011

    jab

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    "Story,Style,Stunning"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed hearing the story from both characters as the readers makes one asumption and then changes their mind again and again.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Trish Virginia 07-18-12
    Trish Virginia 07-18-12 Member Since 2005

    I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

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    "Excellent--up to a point----"

    There are days when I'm convinced I could write the next big novel--or at least the perfect ending for some of the big novels that make all the "must read" lists. This is one of those days--

    Gone Girl was excellent--it hooked me from the beginning. I couldn't wait to rejoin the story on my daily commute. And I was recommending it to anyone who would listen. Then the ending just didn't live up to the quality of the rest of the novel. Unfortunately, that is becoming a trend in today's books--I'm seeing it more often than I'd like.

    I have still rated this book quite high because I truly did enjoy everything else about it--I won't trash the rating just because a book did not end the way I think it should have. When I write my novel . . .

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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