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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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Dark Thoughts and Relationships

What did you love best about Gone Girl?

Great storyline and characters. Explores thoughts that one may have in a relationship, and the lengths one will go to in preserving it. Thoughts you never knew you had, make you start to question what extremes you might be capable of exploring. A twisted tale of love, loyalty, betrayal and the desire to hold it all together under pressure. A bizarre psychological exercise.

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

Fatal Attraction. Classic memorable characters that will be remembered.

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't say, would be a spoiler.

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

You'll be asking yourself, would I ever be capable of going this far?

Any additional comments?

The book gave more depth to pull you in, but the movie followed along quite accurately thanks to the author also writing the screenplay.

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Loved it!

Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

I love a book that keeps ya guessing! One I would listen to again. I will definatley be looking to see what else this author has available.

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Wickedly believable!!

I could not wait to hear the next twist and turn for the 2 main characters, Nick and Amy. I felt every emotion, I loved and hated and believed both of them, and what is so scary is that I think someone could actually do something like this. The narration was perfect for these characters, and now I see why both Kirby Heyborne and Julia Whelan are among the few "Narrator's Greatest Hits". The subtle nuances of their voices and the other characters they brought to life were perfect. I am especially in awe of Gillian Flynn. This was an exceptional story. What an imagination!! Loved everything about this book, so I am not sure I would be as happy with the movie. I will be looking for more from this author and the narrators! Thank you, because I listen to books as I drive 50-60 minutes each way to work...my fellow drivers thank you as well, since I am a much calmer driver as I listen!! Christie

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SUPERB!

Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

N/A

Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A

Which scene was your favorite?

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

Kept me on the edge of my seat.

Any additional comments?

Great book and wonderfully written! I would recommend this to all.

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EXCELLENT!!

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

Definitely

Any additional comments?

I have have read a countless number of books by many, many different authors over the course of 40 years. This is by far the very best book ever!!

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Great cure for insomnia

What would have made Gone Girl better?

The narration pace is plotting and irregular. The written book reads well because you can change the pace of your reading. In the audio version, the male narrator is rather expressionless. The female narrator is a bit better with realistic tonal expressions but it doesn't carry the story. Because the narration pace was so slow, I found it hard to stay engaged in the story line. I gave up after chapter 5.

What do you think your next listen will be?

My next read will be something in the science fiction genre where the author works to develop deeper characters and environments.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

The male narrator needed a deeper more sonorous vocal tonality like James Earl Jones.

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  • Linda
  • Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
  • 11-12-14

Extremely disapointed.

Wish I had something good to say but this one was a real dud - from the poor narration to the story line. I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie but that is just not happening. Had a hard time getting through the chapters but kept hoping it would get better.

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Love Book Hate Voice

What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

Love the book - great story that keeps you engaged every page. But hate the woman's voice - she sounds way too into herself from the very beginning, and that's when we are supposed to like her the most. The female reader sounded so arrogant it bothered me the entire time, until the very end when it aligned much better.

What did you like best about this story?

Didn't know where story would take you.

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

Julia was too arrogant in first half of the book - so much so it made me dislike the character. She overdid intonation.

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

Yes, but couldn't

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Great Listen

So many twists and turns. It is a very good book. You want to keep listening and never stop until you've reached the end. It made me want to read more by Gillian Flynn

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90% good...

If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

Suspenseful but disappointing<br/>

What was most disappointing about Gillian Flynn’s story?

The most disappointing part of “Gone Girl” was the ending! It was like all this time was taken in creating this story that I was sucked into and then the publisher said, “You’re out of time and we need the book done tomorrow” and Flynn just wrote the last two chapters in 5 minutes and disregarded everything else in the book! I would have loved if the characters went to court or someone was murdered. It feels like a real cop out.

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

My first reaction was to have Nick just die and get his @$$ handed to him. Then I just wanted Amy to die a horrible death. Then the ending gave me the most emotional reaction – pissed.

Any additional comments?

All in all, I loved this book. I heart was pumping the entire time! But when it came to the last couple chapters I wanted to punch someone. It is worth reading but be prepared to be disappointed