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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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Brilliant book!

Absolutely loved this book! Brilliantly written, I couldn't stop listening. One of my favs by far.

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Binge Worthy

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

Pair a masterful story with two wildly entertaining narrators and you have an audiobook worthy of taking a road trip for. I opted for longer commutes, ran extra errands and even looked forward to hitting the treadmill in order to listen to more of this book. Having a voice for each of the main characters added so much to a story where ones perception of the characters is constantly shifting. The alternating voices kept you on your toes and matched well with the differing timelines and accounts of its characters. A must listen!

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Gone Girl, Bad Girl

I finally jumped on the Gone Girl wagon and found Gillian Flynn's book enjoyable but troubling. Nick and Amy, the married protagonists of Flynn's story, are a toxic mix of love and hate. Flynn has written Amy as a manipulative bitch who leaves you wanting more subtlety of character in her portrayal as such. While Nick is a nice likable character who leaves a lot to be desired. But what kept me listening was the page turning tension that saves the book because without the nuanced story and the surprise ending the characters would not be worth our time.

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Very disappointing

What disappointed you about Gone Girl?

The end of this book made me wish I had never read the book in the first place. I don't life cliffhanger books, especially ones where you are fairly sure the good guy and an innocent life is getting royally screwed over but you never know for sure. The book leaves you wondering how and if he able to escape from her manipulation and if their baby was saved from having to endure it's mother' coniving ways. I will never read another book by this author. Not recommended.

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

Not leave the ending up to the imagination of the listener. As stated earlier, I hate cliffhangers.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator did not necessarily detract from this book, she just had a bad storyline to work with.

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

It started out quite good. Even when you found out she had planned everything the book remained interesting. It wasn't until towards the end of the book when her true character was revealed and you find out how her husband and child are manipulated that the book turns bad. Then it just rather ends without really an ending.

Any additional comments?

Do not read this book unless you are prepared to be very disappointed. I am disappointed in very few books, but this was one of them.

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Super Tight Writing Review with No Spoilers

I highly recommend this book to people who have already seen the film and for those who have not. The book is super suspenseful and really fleshes out the intense nature of Amy and Nick's relationship, I put her name first so I don't get into Amy's deadly sights, is defined in a way the movie could not do.

I've read some reviews that talk about how Amy was an over-the-top character and there is not really any woman out there like her. I find that extremely naïve and I can only assume the reviewers have a "June Cleaver" or "Brady Bunch" image of most women. There are women and men who are "evil", for lack of a better word. Watch your back, carefully.

The narration was great and Julia and Kirby's voices completely complimented each others and really helped to deliver a perfect package of story and narration.

This will definitely be a book I read again and again.

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Good Read. Recommend!

This story is very captivating. The newly released movie is nearly 100% true to the book. The only reason i didn't rate it 5 stars was because I would have preferred less foul language... but that is my personal preference. The story was really good. I recommend both the movie and the book.

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Not Your Grandmother's Suspense Novel

So many have reviewed this book that another long review isn't needed. Let me just say that if you think you've read them all, you haven't read this one.

Your typical mystery/suspense novel devotes the first third to the crime, the second third to the buildup that led to the crime, and the rest to the solution and the exposure of the criminal. Or even more commonly it starts with character introduction and the story leads to the crime and the crime to the solution and the bad guy.

Gone Girl breaks the mold, revealing the criminal and crime in the middle and still managing to maintain suspense to the end. The first third will have you suspecting that the author is up to something, giving out clues as to who has done what to whom, but you won't be sure and you will still be at least a little astounded when you run into the facts in the middle.

Despite the staggering originality of this novel, I only gave it four stars because the author could not pull it off without creating a character who anyone could ever mistake for a human being. This creature had to have some blood of an evil alien flowing through the veins.

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Annoying

Any additional comments?

Stopped listening after chapter 3. Then after revisiting the rave reviews I tried again. As much as I tried I couldn't get past Chapter 5. SLOW, and characters are annoying. I kept hoping the exciting part was coming up, but I never got there.

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  • Melissa
  • Inland Empire, CA
  • 11-25-14

Great female narrator, poor choice for male

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, it helped me get through the tedious background on the characters

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

Once I hit the halfway point, yeah - because now we had a REAL story and not just a slow reveal of one side.

Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performances?

Depends, I thought Heyborne as Nick was terrible, and I hated his female voices.

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

Done.

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Boring Story!!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

language is so offensive!! don't like it for myself, therefore not recommend it for anyone i know!!

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting is the fluency of the details; the least is the facts listed of the problem solving or conflict. full with stereotype and unreal facts .