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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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    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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    Shaundra Danvers, MA, United States 07-18-12
    Shaundra Danvers, MA, United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Finally! A book that delivers what was promised..."
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    Absolutely. Recently I've purchased books that consider the reader's inability to know how a story ends (until the last page is read) the only qualification needed to label the book a 'Mystery / Thriller''. Which (IMO) is why people still purchase dusty detective classics writen by writers intellegant enough and imaginative enough to set the standard; but rereading a classic to saticfy your 'slueth' itch feels like eating the 999th of your favorite sandwhich...Well, Gillian Flynn has written a contemporary classic full of smart dialogue, a brilliantly delivered grasp of the forensics of a crime scene (no convenient CSI staff to pull rabbits from a hat to force the story to work) and a wonderful and consistent peppering of surprises throughout...this was my first Gillian Flynn audio but I will certainly listen to everything else on offer by this author. 


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

    I won't give away the story by making character comparisons from other books. If I mention a book you've read and assign each character a twin in this book, you'll make assumptions and I will have cheated you of the surprises, humor and intellect of the book. The book rolls out at a perfect pace. Gillian Flynn has taken his/her time in respects to dramatic reveal. There's great character and story development. The author has restrained him/herself from herding you quickly to satisfaction, the listener's rush to 'know'. The listener is in deep before the peeks and valleys really become steep and the ride takes off.


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

    I don't recall if i've heard these two performers before or not. I'm an avid audio listener and I felt they did justice to a well written book. I think the performance can break a good story, so the praise I have for the book can't be separated in my mind from the skills of the performers.


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

    I did find myself gulping this book in large chunks but it was too long for a single sit. Try to savor it. There are some great details that start the 'what would I do?' voice. Which is the best part...


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marianna Albion, IN, United States 07-17-12
    Marianna Albion, IN, United States 07-17-12
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    "LOVED IT!"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd say this is one of the best audio books I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved all the twists and turns. A mystery all wrapped up in social commentary. Not sure whether nobody wins or if most everybody wins in the end of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This one keeps you on edge until almost the end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Medford, MA, United States 07-17-12
    Andy Medford, MA, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2010

    Im a good listener

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    "90% great"

    I hate being one of those people who poop on book endings, but this one is lacking. Any more detail involves spoilers. Still its something I would recommend because the journey to the end is really very good.

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    tamara Bend, OR, United States 07-16-12
    tamara Bend, OR, United States 07-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome read, couldn't stop listening!"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    This was a great story with supense at every curve and never what you expect to happen.


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

    Every chapter was better than the previous one and the build up to the climax was perfectly executed.


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

    This is my first Julia Whelan book.


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

    I loved this book because I started with liking one character in the beginning and felt sorry for them then changed my mind over and over until the end!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book for for mystery buffs.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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