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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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    Shelley Sarasota, FL, United States 02-10-13
    Shelley Sarasota, FL, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "It's a Thrill Ride of a Read"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    I found this book to be different from any other book I have read or listened to. It is hard to explain. There is very little scene description it is mostly what the characters are thinking or saying. But it is captivating and riveting. You can't put it down. It consumes you. It is a thrill ride of a read!!!!


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    Christina Silver Bay, MN, United States 02-10-13
    Christina Silver Bay, MN, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!!"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    Yes! and did fantastic book kept me guessing. At first I didn't like the back and forth but after a bit it was great!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists and turns I always wondered what was next!


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

    Made me laugh serious but angry after a while. I even started to loose what character I liked more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley San Diego, CA, United States 02-10-13
    Ashley San Diego, CA, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "definitely not what I expected"

    The book starts out slow and starts to pick up on the day of her missing.
    You end up not really liking the husband and then not really liking the wife.. I haven't read many books that get you to dislike the characters
    The book did have an excellent twist to it but I just wasn't satisfied with the ending..

    I was going to give the book a 3 but I gave it a 4 because it does get you hooked in wanting to find out and had good twists, like I said, but still :/ iffy about the ending

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    Kari Arlington, TN, United States 02-07-13
    Kari Arlington, TN, United States 02-07-13
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    "It was both Riveting and Annoying at the same time"

    First I started reading this book, and the way that it was written, it didn't really pull me in. I read the first couple of pages and I put it down. Then someone was talking about it at work and I thought I would give it another try. So I downloaded the audio book and I couldn't stop listening to it.......because I couldn't wait to find out when Nick would grow a pair and Amy would get what she deserved.

    I just think that it seemed so unreal that someone could get away with something like that. I mean I know it's a story and it's Fiction and it fantasy, but COME ON! No one can do that much planning and remember every little detail and not fub up once! She just kept pissing me off! In the works of Nick..."the F*&^%$g B(&#h!!

    I didn't love it but I didn't hate it, but the Author did do a good job at keeping me listening

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    Elizabeth P. Ross South Carolina 02-07-13
    Elizabeth P. Ross South Carolina 02-07-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Twist, turn and then turn again!"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    I could not stop listening to this book, I was addicted to it. The story twists and turns so many times. I loved the characters! Great writing and fun book to listen to.


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    Leslie Seaside, OR, United States 02-07-13
    Leslie Seaside, OR, United States 02-07-13
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    "EXCELLENT STORY!!"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    The narrators were perfect for the story! Both the male and female narrators were very understandable and the emotion was superb!


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

    The format of the story was very unique and kept me listening outside of my car!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When you really find out how craze Amy is, you just want her to mess up!


    Any additional comments?

    The ending of the story was a bit flat, but not sure how it could have ended differently.

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    R. Crank Oregon 02-07-13
    R. Crank Oregon 02-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "One of the best books EVER!"
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing plot twists


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amy. Because she is amazing.


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

    They were some of the best narrators I have heard. They are perfect for the tone of the novel.


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

    YES!! I can't wait to have the opportunity to listen - it consumes you.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like dark books, you will love this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harold 02-07-13
    Harold 02-07-13
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    "Not Horrible"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    I think I would, but I would pay close attention to the reviews and people's feelings about the ending.


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

    It was definitely too long in places. There are several scenes that could have easily been excluded.


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

    I loved hearing them act out the voices, not only of their own character, but of the people their characters interacted with. They did a great job,


    Did Gone Girl inspire you to do anything?

    Commit murder, perhaps? No, nothing.


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    Dr. Semon 02-07-13
    Dr. Semon 02-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A good fizzle"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It did hook me once I got past the first part...it was almost enough to make me return it. The ending didn't do it for me at all.


    What could Gillian Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A better ending and of course much shorter first section.


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

    First time hearing either of them - great job. Kirby's dad voice was almost too much.


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

    No, they would try to make this a real happy ending and it would flop.


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    Melinda Greenberg Cincinnati, Ohio 02-07-13
    Melinda Greenberg Cincinnati, Ohio 02-07-13 Member Since 2012

    Just your average bookworm.. love reading books physically, but with work and school, audiobooks are a great alternative. I host a book club, and I few of us are avid listeners. I listen while I clean, drive, and workout. Great hobby!

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    "I found myself just staring..."
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    insane twisted must-read


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

    I have no idea... I've heard her other books are much darker... I like that this one was intriguing and it was a great discussion at book club. I love recommending it... I never doubt people won't have SOME strong comment about my recommendation... which is the highest compliment.


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

    If I had to pick? Nick. You end up hating both. which is the best part about the book.


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

    happily ever after isn't always pretty. or normal.


    Any additional comments?

    such a good story, and great narrators. I love when books have multiple narrators. I found myself just standing in the yard once, staring, with my jaw on the ground... when I was suppose to be raking.

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