I rarely listen to or read a book that makes me audibly *gasp*, but Gone Girl did just that. It was a great book and the narration made it even better. Loved the "voices" of both husband & wife. Excellent!
Nick and Amy Dunn appear to be the golden married couple. Both are writers with good jobs in New York City. But then they are both laid off, cannot afford to live the way they were living in New York, and move back to Nick’s home town of North Carthage, Missouri to take care of his aging and ill parents. Amy was wealthy with a trust fund, and she loaned Nick the money to open a bar in his home town with his twin sister, Margot. And then one day it happened. Nick came home from the bar when his neighbor called to say that their front door was wide open and the cat was out. Amy should have been home, and she never left the front door open, and the cat was de-clawed so shouldn’t have been outside. When Nick gets home he goes through the house. Amy is nowhere to be found. She has left no note, seems to have taken nothing but her purse with her, and there is blood on the kitchen floor and the living room furniture is disrupted. Nick contacts the police and they begin searching for her. This is their fifth anniversary, and Amy’s tradition was to leave clues for him all over town to find his present for her. But this year the clues seem to be showing something else. Then rumors start surfacing-that Amy was trying to buy a gun because she was afraid of Nick, that her neighbors said she was afraid of him. It becomes clear to Nick, as the cops hone in on him, that Amy is setting him up. They find all kinds of clues that seem to relate to something harmful happening to Amy with Nick the perpetrator. But are things as they seem? The story, told mostly in journal entries written by Amy and by Nick, tell conflicting and chilling stories about what is happening. Again, this is a psychological thriller with two rather screwed-up people doing increasingly bizarre things, and with the threat underneath that either one of them could kill the other one, that is, if Amy isn’t already dead. A chilling, very dark, and compelling novel. You would definitely not want to be married to either of these people. The narrators are wonderful, the male doing Nick’s journal and the female doing Amy’s.
Whenever I read a book review that proclaims something like, "You'll never see the twist coming!" I instantly get wary. It's my experience that books that offer a mystery with a twist are often trite nonsense that happens to turns in a different direction at some point, usually in such a way that the reader realizes that the entire book until now has just been an unsubtle set-up. Much like a M. Night Shamalan movie, the story is built around the twist rather than the story containing a twist.
Gone Girl is nothing like that. From the beginning, the story is compelling and twisted: both main characters, Nick and Amy, have their own agenda that the reader doesn't ever truly understand. It's absolutely fascinating, right to the very end, and even when you think you might know what's going to happen it's still surprising when it does.
The performance of the readers adds so much to the atmosphere of the novel, as well. I could really tell that the readings were directed, the voice actors pushed to really ACT like their characters might.
Overall, this book was amazing, and listening to this production was even better than reading it myself would have been. Bravo!
The narration of Nick and Amy brings them to life and deepens the reader's alternating trust and distrust of the characters.
Gone Girl is completely engrossing. I loved and hated the characters simultaneously. It drags the reader through unbelievable twists and turns so quickly that you don't have time to question them until its over. When it's over, you want to rewind and start at the beginning.
The discovery of the puppets and all they represent between Amy and Nick.
This will never be a classic, but it is a modern soap opera that will hold your attention all the way through. This book should be followed up with personality disorder section of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
Okay...I wont go into too much detail...because that would ruin the book for others...but all I will say is this...it is beautifully written!!!!! The characters are not beautiful people...which you dont understand until half way through the book...so your already pretty invested at that point...and I cannot say I didnt enjoy the book, I DID, it was just an awkward pill to swallow...
As far as the story goes, it is crazy GOOD with details...and the mind who thinks up the details of these characters is crazy in itself...and again beautifully written...
But with all of the above being said...if you allow books and the emotions they bring up to take part in your personal life...this might not be a book for you...as that was a rough week for me personally...and a rough week for my husband...who has no idea why I was in such a bad mood...!!!
Probably. Almost certainly. I'm sure I would've skipped passages, maybe pages, if I'd been reading this in print version. For the first 16 plus hours I was completely hooked and would've been tempted to "have a quick look ahead and see what happens". I would've missed some of the (important) nuances and twists that made this story so insistent - it insisted I listen to it!
I had no favorite characters - with only a few exceptions this is a nasty group. I don't want to meet any of them - but I was completely fascinated by them.
They were spot-on. I never doubted that they were the voices of the two main characters. 5-star all the way.
Not a moment, no. Most of the book moved me in the sense that it evoked emotions I don't use very often.
This is a story about some truly toxic people and it reads (speaks?) with so much intensity until the beginning of the end. The bleak outcome feels inevitable and either shook me up or annoyed me so much I felt I should write a review! Spend a credit on this book. It's definitely worth it. I'm going to find another Gillian Flynn to listen to.
The suspense! And the performances were great too.
Yes! My jaw kept dropping open with shock. Loved it!
They were incredibly believable. Got lost in the story.
Addictive, twisted, SMART.
There are, honestly, SO MANY. It's a great disservice to reveal one here, because you want to experience this story spoiler-free, if at all possible.
Probably the reveal of the anniversary gift at the end of the annual treasure hunt that Amy organizes for Nick the day she goes missing -- read it, you'll know why!
DEFINITELY. Just when you think you have a handle on this story... Maybe you have finally decided which narrator (Nick or Amy) you're "rooting for," Flynn flips your entire perspective. You think you've solved the crime, Flynn leads you off the path into the tangled forest of "truth." And she does this throughout the entire book.
I think many readers have expressed disappointment in the ending (myself included), because it doesn't feel like "justice is served." Also, the roller coaster ride leading up to the ending is SO GREAT, that the ending is really underwhelming when compared to the fantastic reveals and twists throughout the story. Adjust your expectations accordingly! Still, it is definitely worth a listen -- I couldn't stop. I devoured this book over 2 days, with the narration speed set on "2x". I can't remember the last time a suspense novel or mystery had me guessing for so long.
yes, Its entertainment but some aspect can be found in real life.
On the very edge of my seat.
Cant pick one.
I've only heard the audio.
Nothing, it is in a league of its own.
Hard to choose.
Do you really know who you married?
This book is a mind f---. It is a twisted psychological thriller that makes you feel less sane after reading. The narrators were fantastic and the writing amazing.