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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Absolutely amazing!

Great narration and the story left you hanging from chapter to chapter. Highly recommend his book!! You won't be disappointed.

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Absolutely captivating

This is a fabulous page turner, beautifully written and performed. I am so sorry it's over.

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I wanted to kill Amy myself.

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

Although the book was well written and performed wonderfully, I HATE AMY! <br/>I didn't really like any of the characters at all. It was a book that proved and re enforced the worst possible nature of modern humans. I did listen to the entire book and it did have me on the edge of my seat. However, I hated the book.

Has Gone Girl turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

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

Both performed their rolls very well. Each reader used their voice very effectively. It was very enjoyable to listen to these to readers. Yes I would listen to them again.

What character would you cut from Gone Girl?

I hated the entire story line.

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great story

loved it, turned out to be a great story. did not mean to get it but was pleasantly surprised.

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Why I don't like fiction

Story line was way too elaborate and hard to believe. The performance was excellent though. Having dual narrators was nice.

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Well written, well read

I sometimes struggle to get into a story either by its slow start or the sleepy tones of the narrator. Not this one. Wow. I see why they made it a movie.

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BRILLIANT!

Gone Girl is a brilliant and well-told story that may at some moments seem alarmingly close to many listeners. Narration performance: exemplary!

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  • BCinLV
  • Oahu, Hawaii
  • 02-25-15

I liked it, but didn't love it.

Yes, there are certainly twists. I struggled to suspend my "oh come on, that would never happen" inner voice with this one. I listened to the book first, then months later,tried to watch the DVD at home. I just can't get past that inner voice.

I wouldn't say it's fine writing, but it's very descriptive and makes you feel as if you are there, watching it all unfold...so she does a great job of that. To me, it's similar slightly, to the style of American Psycho.

I really didn't like one single character in it...not even the "more likeable" ones, but that helped to set the tone I guess. I finished the book here in a few days, because it definitely leaves you wanting to find out what happens next. The movie, I've turned off twice and may not even bother to go back, haven't decided yet.

People seem to LOVE this book, I'm just not one of them. I thought it was good, but not great. That opinion comes due to what I found to be a completely incredulous story in the end.

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Amazing Amy, that's the way to do it.

Great story. Fantastically written from both perspectives. Great performances from both performers! Anticlimactic ending, though. I guess it makes sense, as if the book was commandeered by the main antagonist, just kind of disappointing.

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Awesome and twisted!

This book was long but very twisted and suspenseful! I would recommend this book to anyone! It was an awesome read!