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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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Yuck

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

Yuck. This was a horribly written book full of cheap twists and weak characterization. I listened to it because I'd spent money on it and had to follow it through, but if this is what Americans want to read ... wow. God save us all.

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

Absolutely.

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Could not put it down

What did you love best about Gone Girl?

It was an exciting psychological thriller.

Any additional comments?

The end was disappointing, otherwise I would give this 5 stars.

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... he was a perfectly flawed husband...

At first I was drawn in- of course things are never as they seem... especially Amy! I found myself puzzling over the "Anniversary Clues" during times I should have been concentrating on things of much more importance. Gone Girl draws you in- makes you sad, empathetic, and astonished. Great book- a must read!

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Great! An excellent story and audiobook!!!

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

This book was so funny! I honestly hadn't seen the reviews, just bought it because I tend to like longer books (seems like I get more for my money that way). The story moved along quickly, had lots of twists and surprises down to the end.

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

I haven't heard either narrator before. I thought that both were great...at first, I thought the whiny voice of Amy very irritating, until I later realized why she sounded how she did. This was one of the best audiobooks I've listened to, both for the entertainment value and the narration.

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

The story seems rather confusing at times (purposely), and it's difficult to figure out what is really going on until one is well into the story. A nice surprise, considering how in most novels the reader or listener can, for the most part, figure out what's going on and the probable ending 1/4 into the book. This one keeps you guessing the whole time! Hopefully the movie will be as good.

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Intensely Twisted

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it is a deep story that keeps your interest.

What did you like best about this story?

While there were some things that felt like they were predictable, there were things that also kept you surprised, and unsure what would happen next.

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

No I have not.

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

Where is Amazing Amy?

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Tricky Tricky

This book is awesome. There are twists and turns, and just when you think you have it figured out, everything changes. What great writing. Gillian Flynn leads you exactly where she wants you to go and you will love every second of it. Outside of the mystery, there are some great discussions of views on relationships, men and women that I really enjoyed. Julia Whelan's performance is amazing. She's one of my favorite narrators. I can't rate this highly enough. I have no idea how the movie will be able to stand up to this performance.

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Great mystery with two competing characters

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

I haven't read the print version, but I imagine the audio version is not better. Some of the conversations weren't delivered as well as they could have been and some of the voices for side characters were not well done.

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

The plot is great at the beginning, then starts to slow towards the middle, but then it is a great roller coaster ride in the last half.

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

I like how each portrayed Nick and Amy, but I didn't much like how they performed the other characters.

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

Gone Girl...but where did she go?

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Fatal Attraction meets Amazing Amy!

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

What a great book! My 4th book on audible and I loved it. It was narrated brilliantly. The voice of Amy was stellar! The 1st part of the book did start out a little slow, but not slow enough for me to lose attention. I had a feeling something was off with Amy Dunn, but had no idea what was in store. It is hard to write this review without spoiling, so lets just say that I thought that thoughout Part 2, I found myself thinking, hooray! karma is a bitch! I loved how this married couple really "knew" eachother. Very key in this story. I would have given the story 5 stars, but I did not like the very last chapter and ending. Can not wait for the movie to come out now!!

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hate it

reads like a story written by a spouse's whos had her feelings hurt. I do wonder what is going to happen, but I just can't bear the tone of this the writing any more



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Loved it!!

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

Moral of the story, don't mess with the crazy girl.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Loved Amy even though she was crazy.

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

The male and female narrators made the book come to life, reading it from print just wouldn't give the same drama.

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

Evil genius.

Any additional comments?

I've listened to it twice already and am hoping there will be a sequel.