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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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    Ellen Littleton, NH, United States 12-21-12
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    Most shocking ending since The Sixth Sense, and one hell of a plot ride to reach there - twists and turns and surprises around every corner. I've enjoyed upwards of two dozen audiobooks this year, but hands down, this is the best listen, and the story is one of the most thrilling mysteries I've ever come across, period, in three decades of voracious reading.

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    Monica 12-21-12
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    "Great book.. you dont know "who did it""

    Great, Great book. I usually figure out what will happen with each character upon their early introduction. Not with this book, it took me a while. Great twist!

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    EW Corydon,IN 12-20-12
    EW Corydon,IN 12-20-12 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    I wasn't sure if I would like this book from reading blurbs about it, and now after listening to it on audio I'm still not sure if I really like it but I love it at the same time. I didn't really want to give this book 5 stars but I also felt like I couldn't give it anything else. I know that sounds absolutely crazy. How could someone not know whether they like a book or not, right? The story in this book is so psychotic and thoroughly messed up that it sucks you into the storyline easily. I found myself hating this character one minute and loving that one, so the author did her job in connecting you with the characters. However, every time I thought I had the characters straight as far as who was the bad guy and who the good, there would be a drastic, whiplash-like reverse. This is not a complaint just a warning to those about to embark on this book. This story kept me enthralled up until the very end. However, I absolutely hated the ending, which I believe was intended by the author. I'm guessing she wanted to leave readers with that "that's screwed up" feeling and thinking "wow, are there really people that volatile, calculating and heartless?" The ending was so messed up that I would literally be scared to meet the author. To come up with this type of story and channel these characters so well Gillian Flynn must have a little bit of crazy stored up somewhere.

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    Adrienne 12-20-12
    Adrienne 12-20-12 Member Since 2007

    BE more, CREATE more and COLLABORATE more

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    "Very well written"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    did not read the print, love the narrator made the story come alive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    it was so well written, completely different


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when she disappeared


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

    yes


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    Steven Charlottesville, VA, United States 12-20-12
    Steven Charlottesville, VA, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Well done.."
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?


    Any additional comments?

    Cleverly written, not at all predictable. This kept me guessing all the way through. It is a stronger story, and has better character development than Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects.

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    Ruthe 12-20-12
    Ruthe 12-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow! What an "amazing" book!"

    I was hesitant to listen to this book - or at least to commit to all the hours. It took me a few chapters in to get really interested. I felt it had a slow start. But once things kicked in, I didn't want to stop listening! I would sit outside my office just to listen a little bit longer...same thing home in my driveway. Just when you thought you had all the characters figured out, Part 2 rolled around, I was completely unprepared! I have always been able to figure out plots within the first chapter or two - this book was the first exception in a long time. Absolutely great read/listen. I highly recommend!

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    Ria Kelowna, bc, Canada 12-19-12
    Ria Kelowna, bc, Canada 12-19-12
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    "Beware of Foul Language"
    Would you recommend Gone Girl to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I do not like the foul and suggestive language in the first part of the book so I returned it.


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    Linda Marion, AR, United States 12-19-12
    Linda Marion, AR, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2015
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    "What a screwed up couple"

    After all the praise this book got, I was expecting so much more. It seemed like I was watching some type of train or car wreck and just couldn't look away - so for that I guess it keep me reading. I'm real glad I don't know people like this couple.

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    Christina Bellaire, TX, United States 12-19-12
    Christina Bellaire, TX, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the 2 top books I have listened to.


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

    The plotting is wonderful. It seems more pedestrian when it starts, but has some very unexpected plot twists.


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

    No.


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

    No, it just held my interest all the way through.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best novel I have read or listened to in about 10 years.

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    kettemaster WACO, TX United States 12-18-12
    kettemaster WACO, TX United States 12-18-12 Listener Since 2002
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    ...looking forward to the drive to/from work every day. I'm finding it hard to find a book to follow it.

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