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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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    Trudy 01-16-13
    Trudy 01-16-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Awesome twists!"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    The narration was done very well, their voices made it very easy to follow the story


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

    I almost gave up on the story and thought it was a bit slow, when BAM there's one heck of a twist in the story... Had to finish it then... Kept me hanging to the end!


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

    Both performances were very well done


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

    Amy is a spoiled little whiny girl and I didn't care for her, but considering the story as a whole... maybe that's what is expected :)


    Any additional comments?

    Very Well Done!

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    Amanda South Royalton, VT, United States 01-16-13
    Amanda South Royalton, VT, United States 01-16-13 Member Since 2012

    Full Time Mom, Full Time Employee, Wife and hopefully much more. Haven't read an actual book since I was pregnant 5 years ago. Now I have time to "read" everyday with audio books!

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    "Fan Freaking Tastic!!!!"
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Shocking
    Fantastic
    MORE (as in I want more)


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

    I dont have one. Best book I've "read" in a long time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There was one particular scene where I found myself saying outloud - YES GOOD FOR YOU AMY!


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

    Definitely. Both of the narrators were amazing. Wonderful how it switched back and forth. More than one "shocker" in the book. Twists and turns in so many ways. Really makes you FEEL. I HOPE there is a sequel!


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    Phyllis Scottsdale, AZ, United States 01-16-13
    Phyllis Scottsdale, AZ, United States 01-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Possibly the Worst Book Ever!"
    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    Interesting characters; plot; crisp writing; fewer attempts to use the thesaurus to make it sound like good writing. Cut out about half of the book and write concisely and give meaning where there was none. It was ridiculously slow-paced and I could not wait for it to be over. And yet, as terrible as it was, I wanted to see how it would be resolved, knowing that there would not be a resolution. Right I was. The bad thing about audiobooks is that you can't skip to the last page!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by this author! Anything would be better!


    What aspect of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance would you have changed?

    Generally, the performance was the best part of the book.


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

    Likely at least half of every scene could have been cut. Some of the incidents were so absurd as to be laughable, but I don't think they were meant as a joke. I would have given the characters some balance -- added some redeeming qualities and some depth to at least one character. The characters were flatter than a paper doll.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank G-d it's over!

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    Keri Spring Hill, TN, United States 01-15-13
    Keri Spring Hill, TN, United States 01-15-13
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    "LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    I hated every time I had to hit the pause button and go to work or in the store or cook dinner or go to sleep. I was addicted!!!!! I recommend this as a MUST read/purchase!!!! You won’t be sorry you used your credit on it.

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    candylamb Colorado 01-15-13
    candylamb Colorado 01-15-13 Member Since 2015
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    "really unlikeable characters"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    probably not


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    narration was pretty good if the goal was to make the characters ugly and self-serving.


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

    Nick's sister was hilarious. She plays a teensy part in the book, though. My favorite part of the book is when she and Nick are brainstorming 5-year anniversary gifts (the traditional gift is wood) and she says something like (how I remember it) "want some wood, bitch? and slap her upside the head with your dick!"


    Any additional comments?

    This story was somewhat engaging at first although Amy's voice grated on my nerves. After getting to know the characters and the jerks they really are, I had a hard time sticking with it. The plot twist and turns were not all that believable and the ending is a total cop-out.

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    Rita HARRISON, OH, United States 01-15-13
    Rita HARRISON, OH, United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Thrilling right up to the end"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. I enjoyed the book wondering what was going to happen next in this game of one up manship. I loved how the main characters were both vilian and victim on a whim. It kept me in suspense right up until the end and that is when I was so dissappointed. It is as if she ran out of time and just said "I got the last word." Hard to believe someone so creative could not come up with a better ending.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No real favorites here, neither of the main characters were very endearing. You might want to cheer for Nick but only to see Amy get what she deserves


    Could you see Gone Girl being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Only if they changed the ending.


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    Mary N. Bucklew Delaware Seashore 01-15-13
    Mary N. Bucklew Delaware Seashore 01-15-13

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    "War of the Roses, had Stephen King written it!"

    Just finished Gone Girl for January 2013 Book Club - and it is the creepiest - creepy GOOD - book I have read in decades. Were I the author's husband, don't think I'd ever fully sleep soundly again. A woman who can craft the ingeniously evil marriage saga that Flynn does here is a woman to be approached verrrry carefully!

    That being said, it took me FOREVER to get into this novel and I think it was the back and forth chapters between the two protagonists - husband Nick and wife Amy - that initially drove me crazy since the stories each told were so totally out of sync. But once the plot thickened - the way dried blood curdles - it was easier to follow.

    The book will push your limits of believability that anyone - much less two twisted souls - could be that crazy or crazy-in-love or just plain twisted. Buckle your seat belts, readers, you are in for a WILD ride!

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    Margaux Harvest, AL, United States 01-14-13
    Margaux Harvest, AL, United States 01-14-13
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    "Great novel, totally twisted and full of surprises"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was acted out very well and a great story.


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

    They are both great actors.


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

    Twisted!!


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    kristina Parsonsfield, ME, United States 01-14-13
    kristina Parsonsfield, ME, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Sucked me in from the first page! A MUST !!"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent story, well crafted and written, the performance was a complete compliment to the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I experienced a full range of emotions for the characters.
    Disgust, rage, love, sympathy. By the end of the book, I had cheered for the "bad guy" and boo'd the "good girl" and everything in between.

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    Gitte ANTIOCH, CA, United States 01-14-13
    Gitte ANTIOCH, CA, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2012

    I live in Pittsburg, CA not Antioch, CA!! Retired since 2013, enjoy listening to Audiobooks, especially Dana Stabenow!

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    "Twisted and thrilling"

    It took me a little while to start listening to this book, but when I did... wow!! It had me guessing from beginning to end... I kept changing my mind as to who was the good one and the bad one in this story, lots of twists and turns in this story and the narrators did a really good job. The ending was a little different though, I kept hoping that Amy would get hers in the end... which alas did not happen :( Kind of wished for a different ending. It was a good story all in all, and I would definitely recommend it.

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