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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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    Marijane Milton, DE, United States 07-12-12
    Marijane Milton, DE, United States 07-12-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved it!"

    The first third of the book, I thought was good but not up to the hype. Then I got to the second third and it was a roller coaster ride after that. The last third, I never would have guessed. I was listening while shopping and would occasionally gasp and get strange looks from my fellow shoppers in produce. What a fun ride this book was.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Bermuda Dunes, CA, United States 07-11-12
    Virginia Bermuda Dunes, CA, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2002
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    The narrators give an great performance. The story is probably well written but its so disturbing I question the sanity of the author. She makes Stephen King seem like Santa Claus. Wish I had read it instead of listened - I would have read less than halfway, then gone to the end to see what all the fuss was about. Saved spending all those hours with psychotic characters that I cared nothing about. If you have a sensitive nature at all, skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 07-11-12
    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2010

    Totally addicted to Audible.

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    "Unbelievably good book!"

    This book had me spellbound. The depth of the characters, the insight and the superb narration make this a real winner.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S GREENSBORO, NC, United States 07-11-12
    S GREENSBORO, NC, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2007
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    This a book that reminds of a piece of art meant to be disturbing. I appreciate the talent and the craft but really don't want to feel the effect. It does stay with you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M. Benson Utah USA 07-11-12
    M. Benson Utah USA 07-11-12
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes! I ended up staying up until 2:30 one night, because I had to hear what happened next! There are so many twists and your loyalties to characters change so many times, it's really compelling.


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

    Both narrators were well-cast for the character - they both gave believable performances, particularly Julia Whelan as Amy.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has really stuck with me - I'm still thinking about it, two weeks after I finished it. It's dark, especially the ending, but it has some really interesting observations about the media-saturated culture we live in. For me, it's a one-time read . . . I liked it, but I don't think I can go on that roller-coaster again!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Oliver Lemon Grove, CA, US 07-10-12
    Pamela Oliver Lemon Grove, CA, US 07-10-12 Member Since 2012

    Lover of Snoop

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A crazy person


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

    I would have gotten to the point earlier, there was a lot of back and forth in this book. I found it hard to listen to.


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    Good narration


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    Anger and disappointment


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    Karen Calhoun, GA, United States 07-10-12
    Karen Calhoun, GA, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not Your Typical Mystery Novel"

    Looking for a mystery/suspense novel with a likeable hero who is falsely accused of a crime but through his own wits and determination overcomes the odds to clear his name? Do you want a villain who gets her comeuppance? Then this is not the book for you. But if you want a novel that is unflinching in its depiction of an antagonist who is a completely, 100% purely evil psychopath and a protagonist who, as the story develops, reveals his own psychopathic tendencies, then read this book. You may not be satisfied with the ending, but you shouldn’t be surprised.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DEBORAH HIMES PITTSFIELD, MA, US 07-10-12
    DEBORAH HIMES PITTSFIELD, MA, US 07-10-12
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    "This one keeps you guessing and guessing!"

    My first Gillian Flynn, takes a while to get involved but then you are hooked and this one keeps you guessing until the very last page. A great mystery just go for it.

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    Susan 07-10-12
    Susan 07-10-12 Member Since 2004

    Love historical fiction, mystery, suspense, and good meaty books.

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    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Couldn't stop listening.


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

    The 2 voices really made a difference in hearing the story.
    I loved the way Julia said, "Amazing Amy."


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    Julie 07-10-12
    Julie 07-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Unexpected twists! Great story!"

    Hoda Kotb reccommended this read on the Today Show so I purchased on a whim. I was pleasantly surprised at the plot twists and had to keep listening! Nothing is predictable! Loved it!!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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