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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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    SGTiplady Palmer, AK, United States 11-27-12
    SGTiplady Palmer, AK, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Great Performance, Story Ending Unsatisfactory"
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    Both main characters were dispicable people. The narrators were both excellent in bringing that fact to light in a very creepy way. Layer by layer. I wanted a better ending to the story but I suppose there is enough information in the rest of the story to imagine the future of this couple.

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    Cheryl Condon, OR, United States 11-27-12
    Cheryl Condon, OR, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "You never see it coming."
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    At first I thought I had wasted my money only to find out later that I should have paid closer attention. This book is amazing and I don't see anyone not enjoying it. I was hoodwinked repeatedly which isn't easy to do. I was on high alert at the end and ignored Thanksgiving all together plugged in to my ear phones.


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    Christie Copley, OH, United States 11-27-12
    Christie Copley, OH, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2013
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    "LOVE THIS BOOK !!!"

    This book was terrific !! Many surprises. Very believable characters. Wonderful narration. Would recommend to everyone.

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    R. A. 11-26-12
    R. A. 11-26-12 Member Since 2011

    I heart mysteries, political non-fiction, and memoirs, especially all in one book.

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    "Fantastic!"

    This story deserves all the accolades it has received. The story moves back and forth in time, using diary entries and different narrators to convey the two main characters. Flynn used a similar technique in Dark Places, but here, it is even better. The story is mysterious and exciting, and keeps the reader engaged throughout. The ending is extremely satisfying. I cannot wait for Flynn's next work.

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    Janet Saint Joseph, MI, United States 11-26-12
    Janet Saint Joseph, MI, United States 11-26-12 Member Since 2005
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    "I can't decide whether to recommend or bash"

    Do you like the book Misery by Stephen King? This book kind of reminded me of Misery.
    Psycho and hopeless. But I enjoyed the read. I listened to it when ever I had the chance. I think the people who did not like it at all, wanted some hope. This is not that type of book. More of a "sicko, pyscho" book.

    The story is pretty amazing. Listen to the details. I was a bit confused at first but you will see that it all wraps up in the end.

    There is no way I would listen to this again.

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    Molly O' Rourke Milwaukee,WI 11-25-12
    Molly O' Rourke Milwaukee,WI 11-25-12 Member Since 2012

    I love good historical fiction, and well-written detective stories. I guess I just love good writing in any category, if truth be told...

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    "Quite a "Page Turner""
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    "Inspired my walking!" I put this book on my iPod and would only allow myself to listen when I was walking. Needless to say, it was quite a motivator for me to get out and walk every day as I couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next.


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

    Yes, the turns and twists kept me guessing....


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

    Interesting voice changes made it easy to imagine the individual characters...much better job of it than I would have done doing it in my head


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

    I would not say I had an extreme reaction to the book...just could not wait to get to the end to see how it would all work out.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves a mystery, and/or who loves to be pulled into a good book.

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    Mallory LOS ALTOS, CA, United States 11-24-12
    Mallory LOS ALTOS, CA, United States 11-24-12
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    "A little round about and drawn out"
    What did you like best about Gone Girl? What did you like least?

    The fact that a woman reads the wife's part and a man reads the husband's part


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn? Why or why not?

    maybe


    Do you think Gone Girl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, tie up the loose ends of her mind please


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    DoNotPIPL Seattle 11-23-12
    DoNotPIPL Seattle 11-23-12 Member Since 2005

    DoNotPIPL

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    "An ending, please?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Great narration, the story reels you in and then..... then..... wait for it....... it stops.
    If you *must* read or listen to this, borrow a copy, check it out from the library, ask for it as a gift, then realize that you're going to sacrifice a bit of time on something that could have been oh, so much more.
    If only Flynn had actually written the last few chapters.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    Possibly.


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

    A sense of urgency and excitement.


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

    Nope. No way.


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    marilyn DALLAS, TX, United States 11-22-12
    marilyn DALLAS, TX, United States 11-22-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Couldn't Stop Listening!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book to many friends!


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

    I would compare the female reader to some reading "The Help".


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

    Both were equally compelling.


    Any additional comments?

    I want another similar book. Any suggestions?

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    lynn 11-22-12
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    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Quite a ride!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The switch from his story to hers.


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

    Everything, they were both great.


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

    Probably something more exciting than I could think of.


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