Listening to this book, relatively new author, has left me scouring audible for a thriller that will be as good as this one!
The narrators nailed it..... I loved all "Amy"'s sarcasm.....The narrator did such a good job that I can easily forgive her one mispronounciation.....it's Fes-teeeeee-va....
And the twists and turns....don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it yet, but it was totally " M. Knight Shayamalon" for me.....things you totally didn't see coming....
Nick, of course.....
Wondering if the very unpleasant, mind-boggling, unsatisfying ending for poor Nick might be leading up to a sequel?
Unpredictable is the only way tp explain it, even up to the end. Fasten your seat belt and hang on tight, because it's going to be a bumpy ride!
My wife read this book on her Kindle and recommended it to me. As the story was revealed, layer by layer, at every turn and twist of the plot line, I reported to her where I was in the book.
Her reply was always, "Just wait."
I am not a big fan of suspense novels or thrillers, and there were a few times I had trouble with the intensity of the story and considered putting it down. Then the story would take another twist and I had to see where it led.
The narration was perfect. The book is written is a "he said / she said" format, and having both a male and a female voice helped keep the characters separate.
This is a very disturbing story. That two people in a marriage could feel and act the way Nick and Amy do is a riveting cautionary tale for starry-eyed romantics.
I have always stayed away from books written by women - they tended to end up being romance novels. But there have been a few woman writers that I've gambled on and won. Gillian Flynn is one of them. Characters well developed, intriguing noir story line. Seems to get into the real nitty gritty of people and thoughts and emotions. I've listened to all three of her books now and have not been in the least disappointed. The narrators have been excellent. Thanks Gillian Flynn for a great listen.
It just occurred to me that this book is the quintessential anti-fairy tale with the most ironic, unhappy "happy" ending. Gillian Flynn has a good grasp of the phoniness of many relationships in our society today, and what makes things go wrong between men and women. That said, the story of Amy and Nick is so extreme that these characters have slipped from the realm of being real people to being the caricatures the author has imagined in her most twisted projection of what could happen if you paired a brilliant, mostly unhinged woman with an "ordinary"guy. It keeps you listening but strains your suspension of disbelief and the ending is a lead balloon.
The narration of the story by the alternating male and female readers was effective and convincing. Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyboure were good choices to portray the voices of Amy and Nick.
The story line was very interesting...your emotions kept changing from like to hate to like to pity!
Freedom by J. Frazen... dysfunctional marriages and interesting plots.
I was so hopeful; only to end with a "Oh my! too bad!
The book makes you love and hate the characters through the story, make you anxious about the next chapter, the next twist. It's a great story for sure and very well wrote. It's dark, intriguing and has a great narration. But trying to not spoil much, I just want say that the ending was disappointing, a total anticlimax.
I loved that there were different people narrating the book. That really helped move the story along. I will say, because there were absolutely no "down" moments in this book it was hard for me to not listen to it all at once, which I of course couldn't do.
Even though some of the things were predictable it was really interesting to see how things worked themselves out. It was exciting and was written in a fresh, original way.
I can't say what my favorite part was without ruining the book for everyone but the title of the book that Nick writes sums it up. That was what I was thinking the whole time and I literally laughe out loud.
I think that this should be made into a movie, which may be difficult, but I would keep the title Gone Girl and the tag like would be How well do you know your neighbors? Ryan Gosling must play Nick.
I am truly a Gillian Flynn fan now. Keep it up girl!
Started out slow. I didn't like either character. Then the story started building...moving, it was almost like a roller coaster ride. It was great until the end. When my Ipod clock registered 30 minutes until the end, I couldn't believe it. This can't be the end. Five minutes left, I can't believe it's ending like this. Slow beginning. LOVED the middle. Hated the end. Excellently written. I will read more Gillian Flynn. She's Good!!!