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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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    Arnold 10-14-12
    Arnold 10-14-12
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    It was interesting to read this book after reading so many reviews critical of the final plot twist. Starting about half way though the book there were so many crazy plot twists that I wondered if each one was the one the critics were talking about. I can see why many reviewers did not like that final twist, but I thought it was fun, ironic, and thought provoking. An engaging and fun story with enough substance to keep the reader thinking and engaged.

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    Billie K Weatherly 10-14-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Enjoyed this book."
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    Great narration, great mystery, kept my interest.


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

    When you realized what was really happening.


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

    Expressions. Plus, I can "read" while I do other things. I love being read to--it is about the story, not about developing my reading skills.


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

    Just when you think you could hate him...


    Any additional comments?

    A little disappointed in how it ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie Marietta, GA, United States 10-14-12
    Valerie Marietta, GA, United States 10-14-12

    I get so excited sometimes about writing a review..good or bad...that why sometimes I misspell words..lol..

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    "AMAZING...(no pun intended)!!!"

    This is one of the best books I've heard in a very long time. The story line was so different from the normal books. Gillian Flynn developed twist and turn throughtout. You never know whats coming next. I loved the narrators they were perfect for the characters. I dont wnat to give anything away but I totally recdommend this book its worth reading!

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    "terrible story"
    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    Much better ending


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Good narration


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

    Last scene - actually all from the time she returned


    Any additional comments?

    Foul language was unnecessary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Langston USA 10-14-12
    A. Langston USA 10-14-12 Member Since 2015

    Mr. Right

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

    Well written mystery


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amy


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Telling his story in bar


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

    I realized this could be any couple not really knowing each other


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Anchorage, AK, United States 10-14-12
    Melissa Anchorage, AK, United States 10-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    "still a surprise"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was entertaining and distracting from my life. Which is what I'm currently looking for in a book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Even after reading reviews to decide if I wanted to listen to this book and knowing there was a lot of twists and turns, they still took me by surprise. I found myself stopping mid-cleaning task to look in astonishment at my computer. Often this was accompanied by a statement of something like 'wow, and I thought my life sucked right now'.


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

    Good narration is best appreciated after you have experience bad narration. Like having a good boss after bad ones. These two do a pretty good job and I felt they were true to the characters as I pictured them.


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

    Mostly I just couldn't decide if I wanted particular people to read it or if I thought it might give them ideas they had not previously considered. And that made me think I might be getting too suspicious of humans in general.


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    JaneConsumer 10-12-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Worse Book of the Year"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I kept wanting to like this book because of the rave reviews from other authors I respect. But instead I took a very strong disliking to the story. I found it to be hateful and despicable. I could not sympathize at all with the whiney self-centered characters.

    Make no mistake: this is a story about hate. The happy ending is absurd.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scarlett OHara 10-12-12

    Jewelry Queen

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    "So many twists and turns"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 25%


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amy. She was the most complex and interesting.


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

    I liked having the main characters read by their gender. Both performers did an excellent job portraying the characters.


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

    I was surprised by most of the twists in the plot. It really kept me guessing.


    Any additional comments?

    An unusual story that was fun to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin 10-11-12
    Kristin 10-11-12

    Kalmell

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    "A most original way to tell a story"
    What did you like best about Gone Girl? What did you like least?

    It was so suspenseful and I would constantly be fooled and want to know more about the characters. I don't want to spoil it but I liked the ending the least. I almost felt like I wished I hadn't listened to it because of the ending but that is taking nothing away from the story.


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

    None. This was such a clever book and the author had a unique way of telling the story.


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

    I liked Nick and the way he came to realize things about himself. I was very sympathetic to his character. On the other hand, the narrator for Amy was excellent and I loved listening to her.


    Did Gone Girl inspire you to do anything?

    No, although I could hardly stop listening to the book, which is a sign of a good author and excellent narrators, I felt terrible after I read it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle Wayne 10-11-12
    Gayle Wayne 10-11-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Grabs You, Keeps You, Surprises You!"

    This one's a keeper. No wonder it's been on the best seller list so long! I was totally hooked, twisted around, compelled to keep listening. The readers were perfect; the story was original, and the writing was exceptional. I was sorry to hear it end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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