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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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    Elizabeth archdale, NC, United States 10-08-12
    Elizabeth archdale, NC, United States 10-08-12

    mother, wife, artist

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    "What a twisted web we weave.."
    Any additional comments?

    This was a great novel, lots of twists and turns, who do you believe, the language was strong so be prepared for that, this book will make a great movie..but i am sure the book will be better..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Teale 150 McIntosh Estates Drive, Sharpsburg, Ga 30277 10-08-12
    Marie Teale 150 McIntosh Estates Drive, Sharpsburg, Ga 30277 10-08-12

    I am a senior citizen who loves to listen to romance and mystery novels.

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    "wish I had read all of the reviews"
    What disappointed you about Gone Girl?

    so slow moving and boring about the lives of "sick" people


    What was most disappointing about Gillian Flynn’s story?

    Do not want to waste my time on "sick" people. This was not a true thriller just gave you an insight into "sick people. I have on my queue list Dark Places
    but wonder whether I should waste my time.


    Did Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Good performance


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None so far.


    Any additional comments?

    wasted a credit on this one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stacyc55 Alexandria, VA 10-08-12
    Stacyc55 Alexandria, VA 10-08-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Disturbing, aggravating, couldn't stop listening"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    Yes, I thought the story line was intriguing, compelling and I would want to see if I could pick up on the clues even sooner.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how it wasn't a laid out, get to the end mystery. There were twists that became more disfigured as the story played out.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Nick plays the performance of his life to get the "villain" to come back to his house and where she's shocked he pulled on over on her.


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

    Hell Hath No Furry Like a Woman Scorned


    Any additional comments?

    This book has a lot of people divided by the last half of the storyline. I felt that going into it knowing some of the twisted part made me love it even more because it was like sitting in a movie, seeing someone is going to get their head chopped and you scream (futilely) "Turn around! Behind you!"

    I think knowing who the bad guy was before it was revealed really made me want to figure out how it was discovered and how it ended. I think if you read this book going in blindly you would grow to hate it, because it messes with your head.

    Heck, the ending alone messes with you - but it was so awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura WEST CHESTER, PA, United States 10-08-12
    Laura WEST CHESTER, PA, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A bit dragged out, but still would recommend."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. Once I started I did want to finish it. It just became a little draggy at some parts.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was a bit disappointed with the ending. It was clever, but anti-climatic compared to the section where the true nature of the characters are revealed. I expected and wanted something a bit more Earth-shattering, but I get what the author was doing. Basically, saying that it isn't over........EVER.
    Still, I would have been much more satisfied if a little revenge was thrown in the face of the trouble-maker. It would have been a real "YES!!" moment.


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

    They both presented the characters with gusto. Well done.


    Was Gone Girl worth the listening time?

    I haven't decided that yet. I wonder what the book would have been like had I read it myself. But, I was driving to FL and needed entertainment. I will say I was entertained.


    Any additional comments?

    It took a lot of thought to conjure up this story. Well detected and presented. In other words, I couldn't see a way out of the victim's hell, unless I was "Columbo". Not sure how the author thought it all through to tell you the truth. Very clever.

    Also, any story that has a sociopath as a main character, is going to be very captivating. After all, nothing is more intriguing than getting inside the head a human being that has no conscious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 10-08-12
    Michael 10-08-12
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    "Gone Girl Gone"
    What did you like best about Gone Girl? What did you like least?

    I very much liked the mystery aspect of the first half of the book that included the psycho woman making diary entries from the past while the "husband" character was making entries in more or less real time.


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

    Write a more interesting ending.


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

    Yes - these people were great. I enjoyed the delivery and the resonance of their voices.


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

    Well, maybe but I would probably catch a nap at the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Santa Cruz, US, Canada 10-08-12
    Jennifer Santa Cruz, US, Canada 10-08-12 Member Since 2008
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    "story emerges from alternating points of view"

    The impact of the alternating points of view and the development of many of the supporting characters carried this book farther than the actual story supported. The fundamental thesis seems either too clinical for me or just not credible. The resolution was not credible, based on the main characters. I don't want to provide a spoiler review, so I'll leave it there. Plot details were compelling and kept me listening around the clock. I loved the twin angle, the Amazing Amy impacts on the main characters, and the manipulation of the book's Nancy Grace character who brings the story to the national. stage. Its hard to praise all these factors while not accepting the greatness of the underlying themes of the book, but that's the way it came across -- the book was smaller than the some of its parts, i.e. development of minor characters such as Go, the powerful alternating points of view, the development of Bony, and the excellent presenters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. E. Logan Virginia 10-07-12
    S. E. Logan Virginia 10-07-12 Member Since 2013

    S_Logan

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    "Very Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    No


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Confederacy of Dunces, a book which I've read twice, but a preliminary listen makes me certain that the reader is terrific and will do justice to a true comedic masterpiece.


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

    None


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I read such great reviews of this book and even have an acquaintance who thinks it is the best book she's read in years so I couldn't wait to get started listening to it. I didn't like the first third of the download, but on the acquaintance's encouragement I listened to two thirds of the book before becoming so bored I couldn't continue. I don't care what happened in the end. It is a stupid book. It is written on an 8th grade level (maybe even 6th grade except for the sex). I will never have any respect for the NY Times book review or any other reviewer who gave this mess such a hot rating. I do not consider myself to be a critic and read just about all categories of books. Mysteries are among my favorites. This doesn't even deserve to be called a mystery, it is just a small, mean little book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LoveToRead 10-06-12
    LoveToRead 10-06-12
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    "Depressing"
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    I found that I could not like any of the key characters in this book. They were both self centered egotist. You usually want someone to come out ahead when you read or listen to a book...needless to say I found the ending somewhat of a downer.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Novato, CA, United States 10-03-12
    Tina Novato, CA, United States 10-03-12 Member Since 2004
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    "What a ride"

    It's impossible to review this book in any depth without spoiling one of the numerous plot twists. It's a thriller, it's riveting, it's readable and totally engaging.

    As a water-cooler or book club discussion focus, this book is a gold mine. Insights into marriage? Check. Point of view switching? Check. Unreliable narrator(s)? Check. Also do-I-like-them-or-not characters, will s/he won't s/he, oh-no-you-DIDN'T, and much more, handled with adroit skill by former Entertainment Weekly reviewer Gillian Flynn.

    The woman is a helluva novelist.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kmrsy Fort Wayne, IN United States 10-02-12
    Kmrsy Fort Wayne, IN United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2008

    kmrsy

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    "awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwffffffffffffffffffulllllllllllllll"

    It was on the best seller list and everyone seemed to like it so I selected this book. Only one other time in my 12 years of Audible have I gotten a book I just could not stand to finish. I stuck it out for three hours, but finally had to give up, though I would like to know what happened to her.

    At first I thought it was Heybourne's reading that made it bad. He's so slow and drags out words like wwwaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrmmmmmmmmmmmmmm thinking it will convey warmth. Well, it doesn't; it's just a drag. Whelan's not much better; I could imagine her popping gum though it wasn't in the book. But then, maybe that was a lot of it...the book itself was so, so, cutesy every time it referred to something "shitty". And naming his sister , "Go"; give me a break. It went of on so many tangents at the least little drop of a noun, a verb, anything - it didn't take much. The story could probably have been told in 6 hrs if Flynn had stayed on point and Heybourne could have picked up the pace.

    Eventually I threw in the towel. Glad everyone else liked it so much; it's just not for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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