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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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    CHenry SoCal 12-17-12
    CHenry SoCal 12-17-12 Member Since 2013

    Chris Henry

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    "Not believable"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The female narrator was particularly irritating: over-acting. The male narrator didn't thrill me either.


    Any additional comments?

    I was able to make it to the end easily, so it deserves 2 stars. But the word that comes to mind with this book is PUH-LEASE.

    And I'm not a prude, but seriously: there's such a thing as too much of the words bitch and fu*k.

    I also get the feeling the author doesn't like women too much.

    I would say the high ratings on this book reflect that a lot of people will put up with a lot of lack of quality in a book if there's plenty of violence and sex. Patricia Cornwell is a much better way too go for that. She can really write.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Kerrville, United States Minor Outlying Islands 12-17-12
    Richard Kerrville, United States Minor Outlying Islands 12-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Who Can You Believe?"
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    suspenseful, clever, page-turner


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

    Nick's reaction opens the door to the storage shed where he's been led by his missing wife Amy's clues for her treasure hunt.


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

    They are both great. The story is told from two viewpoints - Nick's and Amy's. Both narrators do superb job of creating a "voice" for their characters, and then pull off bringing to life all the other characters as seen through the two narrators. There are parts of Amy's story where I laughed out loud, and others where I was so mad at her husband for mistreating her.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 12-16-12
    Amazon Customer United States 12-16-12
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    "Dark? Yes / Twisted? Yes - loved it"
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Dark and twisted


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

    Just about the time I thought I had it figured out, the story twisted again in deliciously dark ways.


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

    I thought they did a great job of personifying their characters.


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

    From wedded bliss to dreadful twists...


    Any additional comments?

    I just really loved this story. For some, it may be too dark. For others, not terribly believable as a true crime. For me it was incredibly entertaining. I love to read a book that I just don't want to put down and this book did that for me!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 12-16-12
    Scott 12-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Twists and turns"
    Any additional comments?

    A great tale with unexpected twists and turns. After reading other reviews I had my sleuth hat on and anticipated most of the "surprises", but not all. Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    vilma 12-15-12
    vilma 12-15-12
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    "MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    The story, the narration, everything was good.


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

    The ending. You keep trying to guess what really happened and then at the end, Whoa!


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

    It was hard to put down but it's to long to finish in one sitting


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis 12-14-12
    Phyllis 12-14-12 Listener Since 2007

    5 stars - books that I will listen to again and again. 4 stars - books that I might listen to again someday. 3 stars - books that I probably won't listen to again. 2 stars - books that I know I will never listen to again. 1 star - books that I should have never listened to in the first place.

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    "Delightfully Good Best Seller!"

    Generally, I avoid overly promoted books on the New York Times Best Seller list - horribly overrated in my humble opinion. However, I was stuck on a most boring holiday, sitting in a hotel room distractedly searching Audible for "something different" to break up the monotony. I took a chance and downloaded "Gone Girl", which turned out to be exactly what I was looking for - pure escapism!

    This book starts out on the day of Nick and Amy's five year wedding anniversary. Nick comes home to find the door ajar, the iron on, but no Amy. Amy's anniversary gift to Nick includes a treasure hunt (which Nick had always hated participating in) with small personal messages to help lead him to the next location and finally to his gift. Upon this premise Flynn develops an intricate build-up of purposeful misdirection to a resolution that perhaps wasn't the most surprising but I found it to be quite satisfactory. I really don't want to give anything away, so I'll just leave it at that.

    I truly enjoyed listening to this book, so much so that I downloaded Gillian Flynn's other two books available at Audible. This is not serious literature, just delightful pulp fiction with plenty of twists and turns. It must also be stated that Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne did an exceptional job in narrating this book. In fact, I'm not so sure that reading this book would be as enjoyable as listening to it!

    Highly Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John 12-14-12
    John 12-14-12
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    "Wow, great twists and turns"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book to almost anyone. The story manipulates the reader into different feelings along the way. Very unique way to tell a story.


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

    Yes, and it kept me there.


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

    They did a good job.


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

    Yes, lots of times, but they are mostly spoilers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Chantilly, Va, United States 12-14-12
    Rebecca Chantilly, Va, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Until the Very the End"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, I was interested in this story and enjoyed the twists an turns along the way. I do not usually write reviews but after listening to this story I left so flat that I just had to say something. I really enjoyed this crazy book so I gave it a good rating, the end felt forced and just blah to me.


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

    Yes, I listened to this story every spare moment and I really liked it until the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I won't spoil the end of the book by sharing it. I just thought the book was leading up to something big but it didn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer milwaukee, WI, United States 12-14-12
    Amazon Customer milwaukee, WI, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2014
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    "It is your worst love affair on steroids!"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    May be


    What could Gillian Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    written less and been more creative with the finale


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

    no, this was the first one


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This book is a sucker punch to the gut, repeatedly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sally 12-13-12
    sally 12-13-12
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    "Dull Story and too negative"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Less chatter and get to the point faster, less profanity (not really necessary and didn't help the story), and a faster moving storyline. I almost put it down and didn't finish. It took way to long to get interesting.


    What could Gillian Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Start the book at the last 1/4.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    no they were okay


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Only the last few chapters


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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