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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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    Donna M. Tolbert Springtown, TX USA 02-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    I even worked out just to have an excuse to listen more!!!


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    I recommend to anyone who loves a good mystery

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    This book begins as a mystery. It sucks you in, you want more and more. Through the story, you are appalled and shocked at what is revealed. You simply can't believe what is happening. Each of the characters are deep and richly developed, intriguing in their own way. At the end, we are left with what we started with, a husband and a wife, a couple and from that we realize how they are really no different than most any of us and that is the most appalling part.

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    This kept you wondering the entire time!! Very well written and very well read!! I couldnt stop listening!


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    Well, It is after 3am & I have just finished this book. Wow! Talk about a page turner. I literally could not stop until I got to the end. This story is so full of twists & turns & deliciously demented characters.

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

    The story was really well written. Usually I can see the path the story will take before the third chapter, but this book kept me on my toes. The narrators were captivating as well. Really a great listen!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author took such a unique approach, and it really worked well!


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

    If I closed my eyes I could imagine being at a live performance. I believe this is what it felt like to hear the radio plays before television became so popular.


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

    The story was so riveting, that I couldn't point to one particular moment.


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    Truly one of my favorite books now. I highly recommend it!

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    KaraLee Dulles, VA, United States 02-15-13
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    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Dark, surprising perfection.


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    I could not walk away from this book- the plot was so delicately etched I can't give away anything but for me it is now a must read for my friends. I rarely leave reviews but I couldn't stand the though of someone on the fence and then missing out. It's a bit twisted, if that isn't your thing I can understand some of the negative reviews. But if you are hesitating at all, listen to it, you won't regret it.

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    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    Yes, I am currently doing so. Why? Well it's the kind of book that you want to relive again and possibly find new small details that make it just different enough that you enjoy it just as much as the first time around. I honestly didn't want it to end.


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    Amy, I couldn't stop wanting to know more...


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

    YES!


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    This book kept me on the edge of the driver's seat .. I couldn't stop listening!,,,


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    Hearing the story in the first person from each character was key.....just as I started hating one character, the voice changed and I had the chance to hate the other, lol!


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    Both brilliantly played, I have to say that Julia's rendition of Amy made me love to hate her....


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    Jecca Merrill, Wi 02-13-13

    By doing, I learn what to do. By going, I learn where to go. One day, by dying, I’ll learn how to die, and leave the world and hope to land in light. Odd Thomas

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    There are not many mystery/thrillers that I have read which have kept me guessing. This one did. Just when I thought I knew where the plot was going, here comes a curve ball. Right up until the end I had to keep picking my jaw up off the ground. I could not believe the twists and turns. Excellent listen.


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