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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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    Susan Wallingford, CT, United States 10-23-12
    Susan Wallingford, CT, United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2011

    I spend a lot of time seeking out the perfect story worthy of my credit. I enjoy suspense thrillers w/ a kick of satire. I'm a picky listener.

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    "Phenomenal Reading From Start to Finish"
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    Great narrators. You'll love and hate the characters as they drag you step-by-step through the maze of psychological torment and despair. The way the author pulled the pieces together for the final reveal in the last hour was wonderful.

    Gillian Flynn; you've gained a new fan!

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    Angelina not Jolie 10-22-12
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    "Jaw Dropping Amazement!"

    Loved the twists and turns. One minute I felt for sure a certain character was guilty, then the next minute I thought a different character was guilty. Just when you got comfortable with the story line, BAM a new direction. Loved it thoroughly.

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    LuvinCassie 10-22-12
    LuvinCassie 10-22-12
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    "Gets you excited yet is Rushed at the end."
    What did you like best about Gone Girl? What did you like least?

    I really enjoyed how it went back and forth between husband and "wife". The author did a great job at both perspectives.


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

    I was a tad bit disappointed. I don't mind endings that let you choose your own future, but this one I felt was rushed and just kind of ended. It wasn't terrible, but I wasn't satisfied. It was still something I didn't expect, which has a positive side to it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in the sisters backyard shed.


    Did Gone Girl inspire you to do anything?

    Don't marry a psycho.


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    Raindance FOX CHASE MANOR, PA, United States 10-22-12
    Raindance FOX CHASE MANOR, PA, United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great until the end"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Change of character perspective keeps you gripped by tension and anticipating the next chapter every time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In the end. no particular character is a favotire, which I think was the author's intent.


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

    Perfect pitch and tone. Really added to the characters without putting themselves out there as the reader. No weird sing--song-y voices that other readers use. No forced acting. They definitely enhanced embellished the book by gently inserting their own personalities. Terrific performers who disappeared. (in a good way)


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

    Nothing extreme


    Any additional comments?

    The book is like a roller coster ride. Up Down Gasp Gasp and then it rolls to a stop and you're done...

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    Kim 10-21-12
    Kim 10-21-12
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    "I couldn't put it down."
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    The twists


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

    yes, I was never sure how it was going to end


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

    they made it scary


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

    The end was crazy


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    Megan algonquin, IL, United States 10-21-12
    Megan algonquin, IL, United States 10-21-12
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    "Well worth the Credit!"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    I am now Gillian Flynn fan and found this book truly great, Since reading this book I have finished all the 3 books available on Audible. Reviewing books is not one of my strong points all I can say is I loved the way these books are written and told and any of Gillian’s books I will rush to purchase. A credit well used.


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    gordon miami, fl, United States 10-20-12
    gordon miami, fl, United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible reader (male character Kirby Heybborne) I"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the reader male character would have been better, more engaging and more adecuate for the character. He is the slowest, boring and out of character that i ever heard on one of your audiobooks!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story has been interesting and well written but I'm not sure I'm going to finish it!


    What didn’t you like about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance?

    I cannot stand Mr.Heyborne. Slow, phony, out of character, hi pitch voice, he is unbearable!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gone Girl?

    The book is overall good....


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    "Sicko of the century"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    Yes, for details.


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

    As long as the story line differs.


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

    His sick ass wife.


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

    How two sick people torment each other.


    Any additional comments?

    Why would he take this woman home from police station? Forget what the public would think, his life was in danger. Please {:-)

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    Lynn Tampa, FL 10-19-12
    Lynn Tampa, FL 10-19-12 Member Since 2011

    Love a great mystery/whodunnit type of book!!

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    What did you like best about Gone Girl? What did you like least?

    I liked that it is a mystery. Didn't like the constant back and forth from past to day such and such. Also didn't feel the main characters were believable (husband & wife). I really didn't like the ending, as there really wasn't a end, seemed totally left open, (maybe for next book) which was a huge disappointment to find after listening for 16+ hours.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have had consequences, in the end, for the characters to make for a better ending/closure. To me it was unbelievable for the wife to be so perfect in the eyes of others, yet totally not, and for her husband to not see it over all their married life until the last year or so?


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    Patrick 10-18-12
    Patrick 10-18-12

    The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

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    "That b*tch is CRAZY!"

    A really good listen all the way through. I'm not much of a mystery/thriller type reader, so this was a rare one that I gave a try and in the end, thought it was worth it.

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