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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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    Betsy Westerndorf Newburyport, MA 09-17-12
    Betsy Westerndorf Newburyport, MA 09-17-12 Member Since 2002

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    "No redeeming characters"

    I enjoyed the twists and turns but soon I got sick of both main characters - they became annoying.

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    Inderjit Kuwait, Kuwait 09-17-12
    Inderjit Kuwait, Kuwait 09-17-12 Member Since 2011

    Listen to books in the car during my commute. Interested in the financial crisis, mysteries & stories set in India. twitter: @ikgandhi

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    "suspensful thriller with an enticing plot"

    Dark story which slowly reveals itself, keeping you always captivated. Great character depth, wonderfully brought out by Gillian Flynn. I especially liked the narrative styles and the two narrators did an awesome job. Overall very satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P. Hannah Urbana, IL USA 09-17-12
    P. Hannah Urbana, IL USA 09-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Can't stop listening"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    The story, the writing


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

    I can't tell you. Too many spoilers.


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

    No


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

    unlikeable characters make this a great book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Calhoon Colorado Springs, CO, United States 09-17-12
    Patricia Calhoon Colorado Springs, CO, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book but ending was disappointing"

    Terrific performances by both readers. The story was easy to enjoy with lots of twists and turn. I was hoping the ending would be just as much fun. Enjoyed the read but the ending was disappointing.

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    Shoe Queen 09-17-12
    Shoe Queen 09-17-12
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    "Sick"
    What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    These two were the shinning point in this entire book. I felt both narrators brought life to the characters. Kirby was especially good at making me feel sorry for Nick. Julia was a superstar at playing Amy to her most evil.


    Any additional comments?

    I seriously could not delete this book from my iphone fast enough. Dirty.....is the only way I can describe how I felt when I got to the end. There was not one tolerable character in the entire story! A book SHOULD make you feel a sense of satisfaction having read it. This one just made me feel depressed.

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    Marsha Holland Swansea, IL United States 09-17-12
    Marsha Holland Swansea, IL United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointed."
    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    I listened to the entire book. In general, I believe my disappointment was with the story more than the performances. For a best selling book, with the focus on characterization, not plot, I felt the characters were so inconsistent that they made the plot nonsensical. The main female character's personality was plot driven. She had to be a genius with a pathological borderline personality disorder in order for the plot to work, yet her character was very abruptly revealed to the listener. I expected more from a well known title.


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

    What would you call this Genre?


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I did not love the narrators. They were okay.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 09-17-12
    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good book and refreshing writing style..."

    I did like this book, though I’m not sure it is quite worth all of the hype and the mountains of 5 star reviews it is receiving. The one characteristic of this author’s writing style that I really found appealing was her ability to reference so many pop culture events, etc. from her formative years. I’m guessing we are similar in age (41) because so many of them were extremely familiar and things I remember growing up. Many twists and turns in the book, and very interesting characters—that’s about all I can say without ruining the plot. The narration was adequate, though I’ve listened to other books with the same male narrator and scored them very low; the female voice was fine.

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    Thaisnob Portland, Oregon where coffee is KING 09-16-12
    Thaisnob Portland, Oregon where coffee is KING 09-16-12
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    "Did not live up to the hype"

    I didn't like the story, didn't care about the characters. Hated the performance. Sorry!

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    Laverne 09-16-12
    Laverne 09-16-12
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    "Riveting. Definitely a page turner. Well done."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The first hour was a bit slow. After the first hour, I put the book down for more than a week. Then I started all over... then it got good. I understand we had to learn about the characters and all, but perhaps that shouldn't have taken so long. Just a thought.


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

    Absolutely. Well written. Always wanted to know what would happen next. She understands suspense... very well.


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

    I don't know. Tanner, maybe?


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the book was well written to the extent that I always wanted to know what happened next. I enjoyed the story. I recommend it. What I did find beyond annoying was the insertion of sounds (and so, since this an an audio book, the "speaking" of those sounds). This was unnecessary, distracting and silly, really. Overall, I'd say this was a good read. I'll read another of her books. The dark side of human behavior can be interesting, I think.

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    K. St Gallen, Switzerland 09-16-12
    K. St Gallen, Switzerland 09-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Dispicable characters, but I couldn't put it down!"

    The two main characters in this book, Amy and Nick Dunne, are pretty unlikeable (Amy's parents aren't much better), BUT don't let that stop you from listening to this riveting story. The "mystery" wasn't that hard to figure out, but I couldn't stop listening--I just had to know waht terrible thing was going to happen next! This isn't a pyshical who-done-it, but a psychological thriller of the best kind. Excellent, edge of your seat writing.

    The two narrators also did an excellent job. I think this was one of those books that is better listened to than read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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