Near the top, despite very tough competition.
The tension between a couple who seem very ordinary, but are steadily shown to be sinister indeed. All of us know thirty-somethings who have had to leave the big city for the small town they grew up in when finances and aging parents require it. All of us have coworkers who stray from marital fidelity. All of us know about the difficulties adjusting. This couple, however, have created a dark artwork of their resentment. Slowly we see how daily give and take becomes lethal.
Pacing. A sense of how a girl who may seem somewhat entitled has a backbone and can be capable of premeditated viciousness. And a guy who seems feckless is shown to knuckle down when he has no other way.
It made me think about my own relationships.
Truly well crafted. We get the facts only when we are ready to handle them.
I don't like all the foul words.
if they read like this one, yes.
I don't understand why foul words have to be used so much. Unless you are just wanting to make the book longer.
Parts 2 and 3. Part 1 really kept me wondering what in the world was going on, which was a lot of fun. As soon as the mystery was uncovered in Part 2, the story became much too contrived.
No. This book was so completely contrived. If she's capable of doing it with this one, her other books are likely just as ridiculous and unbelievable.
Kirby did a good job, but his determination to pronounce EVERY ending consonant was a bit annoying. His female voice was just okay. Julia's depictions of both male and southern voices were bad - very bad. She also sounded, throughout the book, like she was about 22. Her tone and inflection were very young, while we were supposed to believe that the character was in her mid-30's to 40.
Anger at the character, which was by design (well done). But eventually, anger at the author. That's a very rare thing for me!!
I love 90% of the books I read. I like about 9% of the books I read. This one falls into that 1% group of books I wish I'd never read.
No. Excellent writing for the first part of the book - wonderful detail and carefully woven story line. In the second part (at minimum third part of the book) it seemed like all the details that mattered so much in the beginning, were no longer relevant. It was nearly as if another author wrote the latter half of the book.
They both did a FANTASTIC job performing these parts.
It is a movie.
The emotions as performed by the narrators bring the life of the story to a whole new level...more, perhaps, than one would get from simply reading the book in print.
Consistent twists and turns. And just when you think you've gotten things figured out, a complete change in the plot's direction
Kirby Heyborne's performance leaves the reader perplexed on whether to love him or hate him, while Julia Whelan's commitment to her character is masterful.
Lover of books, art & family but not in that order.
Gillian Flynn NO. Others YES.
No. I did not like the story & how it ended. Will not be seeing the movie since it is the same as the book.
The narration of this book was very good. I could follow it easily. I just did not like the way the book ended.
It ranks among my top picks, including "The Goldfinch", "A Visit From the Goon Squad", "The Help", and "Water for Elephants".
I loved Flynn's adroitness in crafting completely original characters whom she goes on to fully develop in utterly unpredictable ways.
Amy and all of her many facets!
This was a very well written story that left me disturbed at the end. No happy endings here. I honestly wasn't sure how I felt when I listened to the last chapter.
The narration was great. They both did a great job portraying their respective characters.
This book made me want to listen until the end. Somewhere it takes a disturbing turn and I kept waiting for the happy ending that never came. I enjoyed the book immensely and was also disturbed by the story ending. Love/Hate.
I waited some time before downloading this book, despite it having been promoted as a great book. But on a bus trip I realized my smart phone battery wouldn't hold out for as long as I'd need it, so I bought a book, Dark Places, by Gillian Flynn. I enjoyed reading it, and so I finally bought Gone Girl. It was also a compelling novel - an easy listen, and one I wanted to stay with until it was finished. Recommended as a very good book for a long ride.
Listening to audio books help make the long commute into work tolerable. Favorites are Liane Moriarty and Jennifer Weiner.
Absolutely loved this book! Brilliantly written, I couldn't stop listening. One of my favs by far.