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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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    This book is well written, but it's hard to care about characters who suck so much as people. I had to force myself to listen to the whole thing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia Tampa, FL, United States 08-18-12
    Alicia Tampa, FL, United States 08-18-12 Member Since 2013

    Couldn't make my commute to work without audible! I finally found the perfect perfect way of always having an audiobook at hand! Can't wait to explore new genres and expand my book knowledge even more!

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    "Loved it! Original story and told well"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    The story was great. I liked the perspective and being able to see both sides of the story. The ending- oh the ending. Yes, it wasn't exactly what we all would have wanted but I do not think that is any reason to not read this book. Overall it is a fantastic page turner and extremely enjoyable to listen to.


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    Nan 08-18-12
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    I doubt it.


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

    unsatifactory.


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

    The main characters were well read but the others were not confusing.


    Did Gone Girl inspire you to do anything?

    read books by other authors


    Any additional comments?

    storyline was not believable. And ending was not well thought out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Stark Santa Barbara, California 08-18-12
    M. Stark Santa Barbara, California 08-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Well spent? no, because I thought the ending was just crappy. I did not like these people and I thought the f-bombs were distracting.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    Sure


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

    "Go" because she seemed the most real


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

    No!


    Any additional comments?

    Wow. was disappointed that I just did not like these people. From about the middle of the book until the end I could not stop listening but the ending just made me nauseous. Both of the main characters evolved into just sick people. And they get away with it?! Yuck

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    Hayley Alexander 08-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Entertaining!"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    I had to take a 13 hour drive and needed something to keep me going. This did!


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

    There was never a time on my long journey where I felt like I needed a listening break. I was so caught up in this book with it's twisted plot, I felt sad when my GPS told me I only had one more hour to go. By the time I reached my destination (2:20am) I thought, " How can I stop and get out of my car." I was so curious as to what was going to happen next, I sat there in my car to listen just a little more, just a little more, no really just a little more!


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

    I've never listened to Julia Whelan or Kirby Heyborne, but they did an excellent job. A reader can really make or break a book for me.


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

    The point is that for 13 hours I didn't need any coffee or an energy drink. This book had all the energy I needed to keep me awake!


    Any additional comments?

    Read it! You won't be disappointed! That I know fro sure.

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    Suzanne Locust Grove, VA, USA 08-17-12
    Suzanne Locust Grove, VA, USA 08-17-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Twisted - totally twisted"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have never listened twice to an audiobook but as soon as I finished Gone Girl I had to start it again to see what I had missed and how the plot twisted. Really great story - never saw it coming.


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

    Boy meets Girl


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

    They did a great job with the separate voices for all of the characters.


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

    TWISTED


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dave 08-17-12
    Dave 08-17-12
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    "Fantastic"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    The story is riveting, exceptionally well-constructed, the characters are incredibly compelling and unique, and the performances are spot on.


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    "Nothing predictable about THIS story!"

    Two outstanding readers, a man and a woman, bring this he said/she said story to vivid life. I kept coming up with excuses to take another long walk so I could keep listening. (It really interfered with work!) When his wife vanishes on their fifth anniversary, a 30-something man is left looking back over their life together in search of clues. The reader's sympathies shift from one to the other as credibility shifts and new evidence comes to light. I simply could not stop listening and sought every opportunity to sneak in another chapter. I could not guess where the story would end. Alas, the one negative: the denouement strained credulity and left me unsatisfied after an otherwise excellent story and top-notch reading.

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    Elizabeth Meridian, MS, United States 08-17-12
    Elizabeth Meridian, MS, United States 08-17-12
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    "Almost perfect"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    Yes, absolutely. I would love to go back and listen the the details all over again.


    Any additional comments?

    Every moment of this book was wonderful just until the very end. I didn't love the ending but I loved the rest of the book. Loved the performances by the narrators so much that I continue to find myself talking like them. I have to catch myself or else I sound psychotic like the people in this book. Couldn't get enough of this. Sad it's finished.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Pomona, CA, United States 08-16-12
    Jennifer Pomona, CA, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent Story with Twists"

    The book was great! I loved the way it was told from the perspective of the scared husband and the diary of Amy. Even once the story was unveiled, there were more twists and turns. Excellent listen!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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