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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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    Audie Weatherford,TX, United States 12-26-12
    Audie Weatherford,TX, United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love this story, it is a must read"

    You are missing out if you don't listen to this one. Great story and great narrators,I found it hard to hit the pause button.

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    LB 12-25-12
    LB 12-25-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Story not my cup of tea."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I enjoy liking and rooting for a character in a book and I really did not find any of the characters likable.


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

    While the twist where interesting, they where a bit disturbing and again there was noone to advocate for.


    Do you think Gone Girl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nope, too depressing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    12-23-12
    12-23-12 Member Since 2008
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    "I hated the end!"

    It kept me listening and was well read, but i hated the end so much I wouldn't reccomend it.

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    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 12-23-12
    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Twists and turns that don't end"

    I was really impressed by this book. I didn't know what to expect, but just when you think you have the characters figured out and can predict them, Flynn throws you another twist - and they aren't gratuitous.

    We are in the head of Nick, the husband of a woman who has gone missing, and Flynn has pulled off the trick of having us question the narrator. We have to wonder: is the missing woman a perfect, overachieving, suffering wife, or is she an unpleasant, judgmental, unhappy harridan? Is Nick just some confused and kind of smarmy innocent man, or is he a Midwestern Scott Peterson?

    I really admired this book. The woman narrator, Julia Whelan, is phenomenal. The man is good, but doesn't really rise to her level (which I guess reflects the characters pretty well). Even though the ending is...surprising...I don't think you'll regret this listen.

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    Helen Baltimore, md, United States 12-23-12
    Helen Baltimore, md, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Page turner"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fun to listen to. A great thriller. Never saw it coming


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

    As exciting a the first. "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"


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

    Excellent. I liked having a man and a woman. It was right for this story


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

    Psychological Thriller


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy 12-22-12
    Cathy 12-22-12

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    "Author expertly leads readers in every direction"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. I would suggest that she/he go with the story, rather than resist


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

    I was compelled to keep reading to see how the story played out


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

    Each reader was plausible as the character they played. They invited you to 'buy in' to who that character really was.


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

    Interestingly, I was moved by two of the 'supporting cast'. Both the policewoman and Nick's sister moved me. They were led by the story as much as the reader was.


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    Dawn norwalk, CT, United States 12-22-12
    Dawn norwalk, CT, United States 12-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "One Word......WOW!"

    This is one of those rare tales that will leave you with your mouth hanging open at the end. It has more twists and turns than a pretzel with great character development and brilliant dual narration.

    It left me with goosebumps! Really!

    Without a doubt it is one of the best stories I have listened to in YEARS. Please give it a try if you like suspense and are not afraid to take a look at humanities dark side.

    I have listened to over 500 stories in the last 4 years and this is by far one of the best! Top ten!

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    Frank jacksonville Beach, FL, United States 12-22-12
    Frank jacksonville Beach, FL, United States 12-22-12 Member Since 2014
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    "fantastic is not saying enough"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story was so incredible, a "page" turner


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

    More twist and turns than a Steve King novel


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first Gillian Flynn book and I am going to listen to more of them

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael San Jose, CA, United States 12-22-12
    Michael San Jose, CA, United States 12-22-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Incredible. I can't turn it off."
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    Two great Narrators. I plan on finding books they've narrated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists and turns. The back and forth views from each perspective as the days progress


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

    No I have not


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    It was one of my "take a chance" book choices. Jackpot! :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 12-21-12
    Sara 12-21-12 Member Since 2013

    Fat Chick getting Fit!

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    "Full of unexpected twists and turns."

    What a page turner....full of wild twists but the ending left me angry! I enjoyed every minute I listened to it.

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