I loved the dual narration and the structure of the story.
Toward the end, when he brings her his story and seals his fate (as he saw it).
Everything, really. It felt very personal. Their inflections and dramatic interpretations were right on.
I couldnt put this book down. I do admit it is a bit predictable the further you get into the book, however there are still many twists and turns that are unexpected.
Much easier to follow this audio book compared to others I have listened to.
It made me angry with the one character and then as the book progressed I totally was sad and sympathic for Nick.
Easy to imagine these characters with the descriptions of them in the book.
Yes. The actors made a good book exponentially more enjoyable.
Can't think of a similar book...the Netflix 'revenge' series perhaps...similar artful, smart female leads.
Discovering husband was being framed.
Female protagonist impressively crafty!
So, I called the first plot twist immediately. I thought I was pretty smart and was quite looking forward to being disappointed and writing this off as some tawdry brain candy thriller--which I still think it is--but I LIKE tawdry brain candy thrillers that lead me on just to prove me wrong at least once. That's also exactly why I took up this book in the first place. I admit to being a literary snob who is also a sucker for the crime genre and this is NOT top notch crime fiction by any means. If that is your thing and you know the genre well you probably won't give this a second thought and would probably despise this novel. However, I also have to admit to being a sucker for campy and this totally delivered. I couldn't stop listening even though I was thoroughly annoyed with every character, laughing at the police procedural, and suspending my disbelief on a regular basis. This story is totally addictive and I think Gillian Flynn knew exactly what she was doing when she wrote it. This is the kind of author who deserves every penny she makes off of candy junkies like us and is obviously smarter than she lets on. Male narration slightly irritating but probably a personal preference thing--does not detract from the story in my opinion.
If you like twisted, dark books, with characters who are unlikable, you'll like this book.
It's an interesting story, but the characters are just so unlikable.
I have a general rule when it comes to fiction. If after about fifty pages or so I feel no sympathy for any of the main characters - so much so that they could all be et by zombies and I wouldn't care, hell, that I might cheer - well then, I can stop reading because I will never care about the story if I can't relate to the characters. That's my personal guideline and I tell people this.
Recently, at a happy hour with a good friend who also enjoys reading, I shared my zombie rule with her. She told me she had an exception and recommended "Gone Girl."
She was not wrong.
This was a story that gripped me without necessarily having to "like" the characters. And I didn't. At all. I was praying for the zombies to come and rid the world of this couple - and the folks around them for that matter, scorch the earth and salt it after. They are not without some hints of redeeming qualities, but those hints are like weak, dying little plants fading away while the dark, hulking oak of flaws and psychosis blocks out the sun.
Having said that, I found myself trying to pick sides - someone to root for as the serpentine plot detoured unexpectedly. I thought myself a smarty pants, anticipating the next moment, only to be proved wrong again and again. This inability to predict the outcome keeps you glued to the story - who wins? And is that good or...not?
Flynn has a unique talent for description so that objects, settings, peoples' facial expressions are vivid, yet she is not tedious. By the end of the story, you feel you've been somewhere, that you've maybe read or seen news stories about this place and these people. It's modern and unpatronizing and oh-so-dark. I loved it. Read this and instantly feel better about whatever issues you have with your own relationship. Hug the one you're with and thank goodness they in no way resemble the people in this story.
Unless of course, your beloved does resemble someone in this story and you've become dissatisfied to the point that you have considered homicide. In that case, cheers! You will totally relate to the characters in this book. Everyone wins!
...for Tweeting that this book was on your "must read" list or I may have missed out. This is a satisfying mystery / relationship with a sociopath story that will keep you guessing right to the end.
The twists... Every time you think you have it figured out something new happens to make you wonder.
I have not listened to either Julia Whelan or Kirby Heyborne before but their performances were great in this book.
I stayed up all night listening thinking at the end of this section I'll turn it off; then I "had" to listen to the next part to find out what happened.
Great story line. Kept me on the edge of my seat. It's my first Gillian Flynn novel but definitely won't be my last.
2nd best book so far, the top rank goes to Water for Elephants.
The story is great, the way it is broken and presented, the depth of characters and vents are amazing. It is so wrong, yet it is true.
Most memorable moment is the moment you start listening to the real Amy.
Yes it was.