Gone Girl

Gone Girl

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When a woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage, while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred.
Publisher: [Westminster, Md.] : Books on Tape, 2012, 2012
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780307990426
Characteristics: 1 sound file (circa 19 hr., 11 min.) : digital
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On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick's wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says... Read More »


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EljayJohnson
Jul 14, 2019

I liked it. I did. But... a disappointment because I loved her other two soooo much. Amy disappears - it looks at best like an abduction but most likely a murder and the police and the Nancy Grace whipped-into-a-frenzy public all believe it's the husband. But this is Gillian Flynn and nothing is like it appears...

The good: the writing is simply superb. Razor sharp, brilliant, bitingly humorous, characteristically acute. The not so good: the surprises didn't surprise me. And what made her first two novels so special - the jaw-dropping, flesh crawling, almost gothic twists, turns, and reveals - were missing. No shocks in the dollhouses here.

Still enjoyed it. Still glad I read it. But she set the bar so high with Sharp Objects and Dark Places, and she didn't reach it this time.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 02, 2019

This book is a psychologically stimulating work of literature. It follows the characters Nick and Amy through their marriage and shows how their relationship affects one another. The characters Nick and Amy, are seemingly normal people, who turn mad because of one another, something that may happen in a normal relationship, because of its' proximity to reality, the book ends up questioning the reader whether they really know their significant other or not. It is an interesting book to read, I definitely recommend it for it really stimulates one's mind throughout it. The book especially dives into the themes of revenge, deceit, betrayal and the role of power. Sex is also important when looking at this story, the role of gender and the role of one's sex is important. This book also gives the readers an example of a modern Femme Fatale, one that readers don't normally witness. This book is for readers over 21. Out of five, I will give it a 4.5. @Lime_Latte of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

JCLGreggW Jun 27, 2019

This is a devious, twisty psychological thriller and I hated every character's decisions but was still sucked in.

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arichard91
Jun 12, 2019

I actually didn't know a lot about this story until I read this book, other than the idea came from a real wife disappearance story. It was really unique and went in so many directions. This book follows a very strange and kind of unpredictable plot. My feelings about the characters and what was happening kept changing as more information was revealed, and the ending was not what I was expecting at all. I don't want to give more details, but it's popularity is completely deserved.

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ambdizzle
May 03, 2019

Very thrilling book! Kept me guessing until the very end.

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das1956
Jan 11, 2019

Interesting and kind of scary book!
On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick's wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?

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sjcrisp
Jan 09, 2019

I couldn't even finish the book I was so bored. I'm not sure how people got through this. No excitement, and nothing to draw me in.

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Nymeria23
Jan 01, 2019

What the FRICK
This was just, like, WHAT
Honestly, I really really liked this story... but also found myself not getting much more from the book than I got out of the movie. SOooo.... yea

I heard about this book on a booksellers’ podcast and was intrigued by the idea of untrustworthy narrators – within the first few chapters of this psychological thriller, Nick admits to the reader that he’s already told several lies to the police who are investigating his wife Amy’s disappearance. How many lies will Nick tell? Does Amy’s diary clear things up or muddy the waters even more? This is not a feel-good story – both Nick and Amy are unlikeable and there are uncomfortable and violent situations – but it’s a page-turner and you never know what will be revealed next. (submitted by GH)

I detested this book throughout but was dragged to the end because I did not have anything else on my audio book shelf to listen to and needed to get my stretching routine done every night. Soooo. . .I was shocked and surprised with the ending which richly rewarded my lame excuse for continuing. Actually changing perspective from Part to Part kept my curiosity up to an adequate level that prevented me from deleting the book and to allow me to keep going. I could not believe that my evaluation of this book could so radically turn around in the very last moments, but it did. Now trying to plumb the depths of why, I come up with the roots of the old testament bible with its outrageous stories that highlighted a grand theme for living. Unconscious unconditional love took a criminal beating throughout the book but took the relationship across the "starting" line. Wildly cathartic!!!!!

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

"The worst feeling: when you just have to wait and prepare yourself for the lie."

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

"You drink a little too much and try a little too hard. And you go home to a cold bed and think, That was fine. And your life is a long line of fine."

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

"People say children from broken homes have it hard, but the children of charmed marriages have their own particular challenges."

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

"We weren’t ourselves when we fell in love, and when we became ourselves – surprise! – we were poison. We complete each other in the nastiest, ugliest possible way."

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

"Because isn’t that the point of every relationship: to be known by someone else, to be understood? He gets me. She gets me. Isn’t that the simple magic phrase?"

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

"Sleep is like a cat: It only comes to you if you ignore it."

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

"It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters."

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

"There's a difference between really loving someone and loving the idea of her."

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

"There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold."

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

"Cool Girls are above all hot. Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. "

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angeliquelong
Jan 04, 2018

angeliquelong thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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blairl
Mar 03, 2017

blairl thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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BookReadingJunkie
Jul 25, 2016

BookReadingJunkie thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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maroon_eagle_45
Nov 09, 2015

maroon_eagle_45 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 99

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

xzhang17 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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DouglasLinn
Jun 09, 2015

DouglasLinn thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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Brown_Hamster_20
Apr 29, 2015

Brown_Hamster_20 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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BookwormYVR
Oct 21, 2014

BookwormYVR thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Oct 15, 2014

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gangleshanks
May 22, 2017

Compelling plot and thought provoking, especially regarding the nature of relationships vs the meaning of love.

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

Children book star Amy Elliot disappears the morning of her fifth wedding anniversary. The prime suspect is in fact her husband, Nick Dunne. Although Nick denies any knowledge of Amy's disappearance, there's a trail of evidence pointing to his involvement. What truly happened to Amy?

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xzhang17
Aug 22, 2015

On the day of Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary, Nick heads home in the afternoon and finds his wife gone and their living room destroyed. Besides reacting inappropriately to his wife being missing (being pretty calm about the whole thing), Nick is also lies to the cops and soon becomes the prime suspect in what has bloomed into a murder investigation. As chapters alternate between Nick’s perspective and Amy’s diary entries, readers will grow increasingly aware that their marriage is far from perfect. However, did Nick really kill Amy? If not, where is she?

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DouglasLinn
Jun 09, 2015

Two very self absorbed, selfish sociopaths plan and scheme in order to make each other better psychopaths.

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mary498
Dec 15, 2014

In depth love story about two people, one who is psycho and one who is afraid of who he may become. Terrible tangle of lies, deceit, mental abuse and finally, the breaking point.

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huy1993
Nov 06, 2014

After leaving New York, Amy moves in and lives with Nick in his house. Everything is going fine until the day of their fifth anniversary, Nick goes home and finds out that his wife has gone missing. As the police opens an investigation, they discovers dark secrets inside the marriage of the couple.

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BookwormYVR
Oct 21, 2014

A great summer / vacation read! Fast moving plot with surprising turns and relationship drama. Definitely written with a screen plan in mind, a la Dan Brown. Enjoyed it enough to see the movie, too -- I just hope they don't change the ending...

AnneDromeda Sep 24, 2012

Let me preface this review by stating that I know I’m late to this party. I do. But now that I’m here, I really do not want you to miss it. Have you read *Gone Girl* yet? No? Holy cats, people, you must get on it, and here’s why:<br />

Nick and Amy Dunne have it all - living in a Manhattan brownstone, handsome Nick works as a writer for a highbrow magazine, and beautiful Amy is the benefactor of an empire of children’s books created by her parents in her image. The Dunnes met in the cutest of cute meets, their dialogue is witty, their sex life is charged and adventurous. Having become accustomed to living in the charmed lap of luxury, they are doubly surprised when the financial meltdown claims Nick’s job and Amy’s trust fund. Listless, with no work to tie them to Manhattan, Nick proposes they move back to his native Missouri to look after his ailing parents.<br />

Things take a very dark turn in Missouri; the marriage flounders, and Amy goes missing the morning of their fifth anniversary. The scene initially suggests a struggle with an intruder, but police soon determine the struggle scene is staged. Traces of blood – a lot of blood – are found in another location. Very soon, it is assumed that Amy is dead, and Nick is the prime suspect.<br />

Flynn weaves a dark, deft tale of psychological terror, juxtaposing Amy’s diary entries leading to her disappearance with chapters detailing the minutiae of Nick’s life and mind under the microscope of police and media. Flynn has a gift for building characters’ psychological profiles so completely that readers feel they know exactly what comes next because they really know the people in the story. But you don’t know the people in the story, not like you think you do; and when the whole novel turns a dime-tight twist halfway through, your sense of sick dread is amplified knowing things are much darker, weirder and more complex than you ever thought. <br />

*Gone Girl* is a masterpiece among psychological thrillers that will keep you awake all night. Bring snacks. You aren’t going to want to get up for anything once you get reading.<br />

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lahutchison
Sep 17, 2018

Sexual Content: Sex scenes

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angeliquelong
Jan 04, 2018

Sexual Content: There are quite a few detailed sexual scenes.

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angeliquelong
Jan 04, 2018

Violence: The book has a violent story line.

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angeliquelong
Jan 04, 2018

Coarse Language: There is a lot of coarse language throughout the entire book.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 09, 2015

Sexual Content: Some explicitly sexual scenes.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 09, 2015

Violence: Some very violent themes.

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