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Publisher's Summary

When two girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town to report on the crimes. Long haunted by a childhood tragedy and estranged from her mother for years, Camille suddenly finds herself installed once again in her family's mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and the half sister she barely knows - a precocious 13-year-old who holds a disquieting grip on the town.
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims - a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.
©2006 Gillian Flynn (P)2008 Oakhill Publishing Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By pratalife on 07-31-14

disquietingly real

Despite a flash of insight in chapter 2 that I spied the killer, I was inexorably drawn along - befuddled and misdirected - towards a bitter-sweet conclusion. Great book; unique point of view; queuing the next from Gillian Flynn as I write..

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5 out of 5 stars
By Karin on 07-17-14

Sharp description of toxic maternal love

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

Yes.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Camille. She's struggling. She's honest. I could identify.

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

Milk, poison and teeth - a golf-cart murder mistery.

Any additional comments?

Reading Gillian Flynn is always a pleasure. But I liked this book best. It's sharp to the point. Maternal love can be a toxic mixture of milk and poison. This story beats most psychiatric textbooks in its precise description of 'borderlinogenic' circumstances. And as usual the writing is first-rate: intelligent, exciting, excellent. Matches 'Life of Pi' in more than one aspect. Be aware of the teeth!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kim on 03-23-13

Sinister and exciting

I loved this, as good as Gone Girl, and with tighter writing. However the narrator is quite irritating, not Amy! Once I got over this I really enjoyed it but might have been better to read than listen

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12 of 13 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Yuliana on 11-02-12

Not Flynn's Best work

but listenable. Quite dragging in the middle. The ending is predictable. But undoubtedly, Flynn is still one of the best thriller writer out there.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Broxgirl on 03-09-16

Disturbingly wonderful

This is another of Gillian Flynn's disturbing murder mysteries where a damaged protagonist is confronted with murder.

I enjoy her writing, she manages to pack so much plot into one book. The characters are well formed, settings superb. Her writing is concise and particular. Thoroughly enjoyable to listen to, although this one was a little shorter.

I recommend this book and all her others!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-09-16

Great story, narrator a little dull;

Sorry was excellent.
Regarding narrator; All characters sounded the same, no real variation between them and didn't feel like she engaged with the characters.

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