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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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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 11-06-12
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 11-06-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "Brilliant - until the ending"

    The characters in this story are very well observed. The narration succeeds in changing voice between the two main characters, making them sound genuinely different. The relationship between them was handled very well. All the other characters were also good and I thoroughly enjoyed this book until the last two hours or so.

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    Paula 11-06-12
    Paula 11-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Strange story, sad commentary on a relationship."
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    Yes probably. I found the story, while well told, to be depressing and sad.


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

    I would probably have changed the ending - made it more dramatic, more conclusive. The ending is very realistic - which makes it even sadder!


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

    i loved the commentary... having a male and female narrator reflecting the two main characters brought the book to life, their voices perfectly matched the characters.


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

    If this movie were made into a movie, I could have seen a young Nick Nolte taking the male lead. The female lead is a bit more difficult, she would have to be very pretty, blond, petit, but capable of great calculation, and would definitely have to had some form of evil in her portrayal. She would need to be capable of being completely luminous. Perhaps Emma Stone - although she might be too generous.


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    Rachel M. 11-05-12
    Rachel M. 11-05-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Could not stop listening!!"
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Intense, Disturbing, Clever


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amy was the clear winner; brilliant and diabolical.


    Any additional comments?

    I could not stop talking about this book! It helped me to reach my running goals each week as I would become so engrossed in the story, I would run further than I had intended! Loved it! Need something similar to keep up my pace! Any suggestions?

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    Robert D. Morris Seattle, WA 11-05-12
    Robert D. Morris Seattle, WA 11-05-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Watch out for the cliff at the end of this one"
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    Although it takes a while to get going, Gone Girl works its way up to gripping psychodrama that twists and turns and surprises. I spent much, if not most, of this book thinking four or five stars. Great, creepy fun. What wonderful final twist will the author pull out of her hat to end this thing?And then it ended. Does it count as a spoiler to say the book has no ending? I was literally yelling at my iPhone. "That's it? Are you kidding me?" It was as if the author simple got tired of typing or ran out the battery on her laptop or hit a page limit imposed by her publisher.Wow. Was she writing this thing on Twitter? It all but stops in mid-

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    Laurie Klamath Falls, OR, United States 11-05-12
    Laurie Klamath Falls, OR, United States 11-05-12

    I'm married with one daughter, just finished my BS in Health Science, and I'm a choosy fiction/romance/paranormal/anything spellbinding listener during my commute.

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    "Fascinating"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    The intrigue, the complexity, and the delivery.


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

    When (spoiler alert) the reader gets clued in that the "diary" of the woman was written as a ruse to secure the case for her husband's arrest.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an unexpectedly fascinating book; alot of intricate detail and spellbinding plot. It was a welcome surprise from the other genres and books I usually read, and is definately being recommended to all of my friends, regardless of their genre-preferences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne Park United States 11-04-12
    Lynne Park United States 11-04-12 Member Since 2011

    Life is great!

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    "Excellent!"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    The constant thought of what's next? This loving husband, loving wife(?), a mistress(?) stalkers? What really happened? Who is telling the truth? What is the truth?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Go...the truly honest one...


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

    Not really, I enjoyed thinking through the story and characters when I wasn't listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I did really enjoy this book. The way the story was written, from each main character's side and hearing his and her's story in alternate chapters. The story was fresh and the plot, while dark, was also new.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dee 11-04-12
    Dee 11-04-12
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    "Twisted but Intriguing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the book held my interest throughout.


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

    Things were always changing. Just when you thought you had it figured out, you didn't.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending...but I can't say anymore.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 11-04-12
    Barbara 11-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "slow start - great center - troubled ending"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    the ending unless there was a second book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn? Why or why not?

    yes - but I hope they all don't end with you hanging


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

    yes - maybe that's what will help with the book- it just seems unfinished.


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    Jess boulder, CO, United States 11-04-12
    Jess boulder, CO, United States 11-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Tons of Fun"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    I listened to this book with my 10 yr old son on a 7 hour car ride. We were so gripped by the story that we stayed in the driveway to keep listening to it even after we got to our destination.


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

    Totally on the edge of my seat. The different stories from the male protaginist and the female protagonist were enthralling. SO fun.


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

    They captured the characters perfectly. The acting was flawless.


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

    Laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    Will be looking out for this author and narrator.

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    Mary 11-03-12
    Mary 11-03-12
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    "Boring beginning! Horrible ending"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    No, I would not!


    What was most disappointing about Gillian Flynn’s story?

    The ending was so anticlimactical! It was very difficult to sustain interest for the first few chapters because the characters were so shallow and incipid. The mystery of the disappearance intrigued me enough to finish the novel, but there were so many editorial errors in dates and ages througout the story that it was hard to follow. I am not a detailed person but even I caught those and was distracted. The condescending attitude of the author as expressed through the characters was annoying.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Didn't have one that had that effect on me.


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

    All of part three.


    Any additional comments?

    At least I know not to read anything else by this author. Definitely not my taste!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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