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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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    AImee SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 09-04-12
    AImee SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not what I expected but I enjoyed it"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    It was not at all what I expected and I really enjoy not being able to predict what is going to happen in a book. It was eerie and creepy but a very creative novel.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Honestly I enjoyed both main characters disfunctional as they were. Gillian Flynn did a really great job of developing the characters.


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

    Yes, I had a difficult time putting it down. I kept wanting to see what sick twist would take place.


    Any additional comments?

    After finishing this title I downloaded another of Gillian Flynn's novels, I hope it will be just as good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Copeland Crestview, FL United States 09-04-12
    B. Copeland Crestview, FL United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2012

    BC

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    "unsatisfying ending"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes-I did not want to stop listening...


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most-the two different perspectives & the change when Amy revealed her true personality
    Least-the ending


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

    not sure


    Did Gone Girl inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The ending reminded me of Dallas’s dream season (c. 1980s). After revealing such horrid character flaws, Amy earned her comeuppance, and Nick deserved to watch her suffer…so did the reader.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marcia EVERGREEN, CO, United States 09-04-12
    Marcia EVERGREEN, CO, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "18 hours of "Are we there yet""
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    Have listened to Julia Whelan before and enjoyed her. Just didn't like this book.


    Has Gone Girl turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


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

    Anger and boredom.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon United States 09-04-12
    Sharon United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Chilling, manipulative thriller!"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books I've listened to lately! Just when you think you've got it figured out, she throws you another curve ball.


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

    Enjoyed listening to them both!


    Any additional comments?

    Didn't see the end coming.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christy Charlotte, NC, United States 09-04-12
    Christy Charlotte, NC, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Big Disappointment!"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    No.


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

    They were very animated and their voices fit the characters.They handled all of the extreme language very well.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This book begins good, has excellent description of the marriage, good characterization, but the book becomes too full of cursing, twisted behavior, and boring.The end is a real bummer! My friends who have read the book warned me that it is really good, but the end ruins it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    annette Santa Clarita, CA, United States 09-04-12
    annette Santa Clarita, CA, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Unpredictable"

    Don't think that you can predict the direction this book is going...at any time. That was my favorite part. Once you are hooked, you are led from one place to another. I dare not say more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Murray Canaan, NH, United States 09-04-12
    Murray Canaan, NH, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book, bad romance"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    The story and narration were excellent but I would not listen again, only because this book got under my skin in a way that I did not enjoy. I had to listen to the very end to find out how it turned out, but I was very ready to be finished with those characters.


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

    Obviously the beginning of the major change in plot - not going to include any spoilers - was a jaw-dropping moment that I had not really anticipated. The storytelling is so skillful that you don't know exactly what to believe, and it keeps you fascinated even when you are disliking the characters as I grew to.


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

    Honestly by the end of the book I was so thoroughly done with both of these characters that neither is my favorite. Go is probably the single likable character in the book all the way through. The two main characters deserved one another, I'll say that.


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

    Not a date movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a read, but be prepared to be thrilled, interested, and disgusted with people. Good mystery and definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. Very effective narration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Giovanni United States 09-04-12
    Giovanni United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    The experience of listening to Gone Girl was fine. I think it especially worked since the story was told by two characters, so we heard the story in "their voices".


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked how the story went back and forth between the characters, between the past and present, and the twists and turns.


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

    No, I have not listened to them before this.


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

    My extreme reaction came at the end. I was really disappointed by the ending. I almost felt like my time had been wasted.


    Any additional comments?

    My book club chose this book. Even though I haven't decided whether or not I liked the book or not, I think we'll have a lot to discuss.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annemarie Higgins Philadelphia, PA 09-04-12
    Annemarie Higgins Philadelphia, PA 09-04-12 Listener Since 2009

    Miss Higgs

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    "Couldn't stop "reading""

    This book takes so many twists and turns, it truly keeps you on your toes! I really liked it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tenesha Ocala, FL, United States 09-04-12
    Tenesha Ocala, FL, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Beginning....Great Middle....Horrible Ending"

    I was so excited to finally get the chance to listen to this book. People have been raving about it....I think it was beautifully narrated.... both narrators did an excellent job. I loved the book up until the end....I was so dissapointed at the end. To me it was a horrible ending to a great book. It just seemed.....off, and not because of how the book ended, but the way that it was written seemed rushed!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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