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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The “mercilessly entertaining” (Vanity Fair) instant classic “about the nature of identity and the terrible secrets that can survive and thrive in even the most intimate relationships” (Lev Grossman, Time).


NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Janet Maslin, The New York Times • People • Entertainment Weekly • O: The Oprah Magazine • Slate • Kansas City Star • USA Today • Christian Science Monitor

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. 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? 

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY San Francisco Chronicle • St. Louis Post Dispatch • Chicago Tribune • HuffPost • Newsday

“Absorbing . . . In masterly fashion, Flynn depicts the unraveling of a marriage—and of a recession-hit Midwest—by interweaving the wife’s diary entries with the husband’s first-person account.”New Yorker

“Ms. Flynn writes dark suspense novels that anatomize violence without splashing barrels of blood around the pages . . . Ms. Flynn has much more up her sleeve than a simple missing-person case. As Nick and Amy alternately tell their stories, marriage has never looked so menacing, narrators so unreliable.”The Wall Street Journal

“The story unfolds in precise and riveting prose . . . even while you know you’re being manipulated, searching for the missing pieces is half the thrill of this wickedly absorbing tale.”O: The Oprah Magazine

Mysteries & Thrillers
Julia Whelan
hr min
June 5
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

Bookchick06 ,

Great read! Ending...kinda blah

I absolutely loved this book. Lots of twists and turns. I kept guessing the whole book! I was sucked in and could not stop reading. The author did an excellent job of providing the imagery to take us down the winding road of these characters' lives. I loved the alternating narration. I was only disappointed with the ending. Although the details were tight, I just don't think readers wanted that to be the way things end. I did think a lot about these characters though. I am now convinced there are many people like these characters walking among us--appearing to be "normal" but having dark sides. I plan to read her other books now cause I like her style.

plainly spoken ,

Unique, refreshing and completely disturbing

Gillian Flynn writes as if her life depended on getting every detail precise, each character expertly drawn. This story is unlike any other, taking the reader down one first one road and then doing a u-turn and heading down yet another. The audiobook version is superbly played by voice actors who seem to inhabit the characters. It kept me enthralled to the extent that I didn't want to get out of the car. Flynn is a masterful writer, perfect for the thinking reader who enjoys cerebral, literary humor sprinkled throughout this compelling mystery. All of this author's books offer skillful narrative, refreshing plot lines and intellectual humor, however this book demonstrates the best storyline and writing style yet: a seemingly typical stale marriage that slowly unravels to reveal deeply flawed, chillingly and complex characters and multiple story arcs you won't see coming. I can't wait for her next book.

Weak Worm ,

Watch the News, its Cheaper

I thought the story was very depressing and I didn't care for the profanity. Since I paid for it I listened to it, but I couldn't wait for it to end.

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