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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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    James Parkville, MO, United States 08-20-12
    James Parkville, MO, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrators were very good!"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    Yes, I Loved the narrators - they did such a good job of fitting the characters.


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

    The surprise twists! Just when you think you know what has happened to Amy - there is a surprise twist!


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

    They made the characters come alive for me


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

    Both - I found it very humorous - and then very sad!


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    John McGill 08-20-12
    John McGill 08-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the best listens ever!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    Yes because my wife has the print version. I got her to listen to my audio version and she was amazed how the story came to life a lot more by the excellent readers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists and turns definitely keep your interest high


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

    not that I know of


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

    definitely


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Charlotte, NC, United States 08-20-12
    Simon Charlotte, NC, United States 08-20-12
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It had an excelling story and it was well thought out.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot twists!


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

    I thought they both brought a lot of interesting character development and attitude that made the entire book far more sinister than if I only had my own internal voice reading it.


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

    Yes and no. Toward the end I wanted to just listen all the way through, but since I use these books to occupy my long commutes, I forced myself to only listen in the car. It made me actually look forward to getting up in the morning and going to work!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Arlington, TX, United States 08-20-12
    Lori Arlington, TX, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Enough"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    I will try another book by Gillian Flynn. I thought Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne did an excellent job and will look for other books they have narrated.


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

    Very disappointed in the ending. It was too convienent and quickly resolved. The ending undermines the entire book.


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

    They have pleasant voices and great intonation.


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

    Since nothing was resolved at the end it needs a follow-up book to address all the loose ends. I have lost interest in the characters and will not bother to read any follow up book.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica NAPLES, FL, United States 08-20-12
    Jessica NAPLES, FL, United States 08-20-12
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    "Couldn't stop listening!"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    Very dark, full of suspense, and highly entertaining. I would definitely recommend this book and will check out some of Gillian Flynn's other books.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suvartist Castro Valley, CA USA 08-20-12
    Suvartist Castro Valley, CA USA 08-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Fascinating characters you learn to love to hate"
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Murderous marital mystery


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

    Can't think of any.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Amy seduced back to life by adroitly lying spouse.


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

    Duelling spiteful spouses


    Any additional comments?

    Didn't like the voices that much at first, but soon realized that they're perfect for the characters they portrayed - something too self satisfied just below the surface. Great voice acting. Couldn't wait to take my walk each day, to get back to the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bas Playa del Carmen, Mexico 08-20-12
    Bas Playa del Carmen, Mexico 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Powerful writing, masterful plotting"

    This was my first reading of a Flynn novel; and now I am reading her other books. I particularly liked her craft in plotting and pacing out information. That makes her stand out in the genre. The characters have a strong well crafted voice. The writing is effective but elegant.

    Toward the ending for me things got a bit hazy, characters became caricatures and bit by bit every storyline that up until the end never felt as 'plot', became a bit forced.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Maccherone Jr. Pittsburgh, PA 08-20-12
    Lawrence Maccherone Jr. Pittsburgh, PA 08-20-12 Member Since 2013

    Software craftsman and gadget lover

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    "Slow start due to unlikable main characters"
    Any additional comments?

    I had trouble getting into the story because I didn't like any of the characters... at first. It gets better about a third of the way in and then you can't put it down.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T. L. Thomas 08-20-12

    Mom, wife, attorney and aspiring writer. Absolutely love a good mystery or suspense novel.

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    "Gripping story, full of twists and turns"

    I have read Flynn's previous novels but downloaded this one to listen to while I work out. Very much enjoyed the plot twists and the alternating creepy vs. romantic vibe. The story is told from the viewpoints of Amy and Nick, a married couple set to celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary when Amy goes missing. Not only does each chapter alternate from Amy and Nick's viewpoint, but they also alternate present time, beginning on the morning that Amy goes missing (Nick's POV) and flashbacks to when they first met and their romance developed (Amy's POV). Definitely a story that keeps you guessing and involved. The overarching question throughout the book - was Nick involved in Amy's disappearance? I'm only sad that there are no other Flynn novels to read or listen to.

    As far as the actual performance, I found the narrators to be quite good with the exception of voicing a hispanic female cop that interacts with Nick.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Iva CHESTER SPRINGS, PA, United States 08-20-12
    Iva CHESTER SPRINGS, PA, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great listen!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The alternating viewpoints made it very compelling.


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

    The narrators captured the characters perfectly.


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

    Wanted to but too long to do so. I couldn't wait to get back to it though.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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