What are you thinking, Amy? The question I've asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions storm cloud over every marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love?
These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.
So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife? And what was in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war.
©2012 Gillian Flynn (P)2012 Random House
I am an artist, living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia right next to the Great Barrier Reef. I listen to audiobooks everyday while making art and on into the night. I really like mysteries with a good serving of suspense on the side that keep you wondering right to the end. However, I won't say no to any entertaining and well written book which has been read by an excellent narrator.
Remember the film, War of the Roses with Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas? Well, this is along similar lines but there are less physical thrills and far more psychological ones which makes for a better read whereas the former, perhaps, makes for more excitable viewing. I found it pretty impossible to "put this book down." It went everywhere with me while I completed my daily tasks and then again late into the night. I had finished it within 3 days but unlike other books I don't want to read another immediately as I would like to 'soak' this book up for a while and think about it. It is very well written and contains some complex ideas which are described in metaphoric symbolism and therefore made easier to understand. I am looking forward to Gillian Flynn writing another excellent book. Very highly recommended.
Without giving the plot away, suffice it to say that Gone Girl isn't just another missing person story, but a psychological thriller that keeps up the suspense to the last page. So don't be put off by the length. I'm left pondering the character of the victim as well as the perpetrator, and wondering what will happoen next. It's one of those books I will read again. With the two antagonists telling their story in the first person, the alternating male and female readers was a must. A top book all round.
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I’ve been trying to review this book for a while now and it has become a real struggle. I don’t want to give any spoilers for this brilliant book so I will try my best. Advanced warning: this review may have spoilers or turn out incredible vague. When I first saw this book I kept thinking this was just another YA novel but then I noticed this book kept popping up everywhere so I thought I better read what this is about and when I did, I had to read it right away.
When Amy disappears in suspicious circumstances all eyes fall to her husband as the primary suspect. Nick claims he is innocent but the evidence is not in his favour. Did Nick kill his wife? As this novel progressed any ideas of what happened will be shattered, any presumptions you’ve made about the characters will be wrong. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a dark and twisted journey with so much unpredictability that you will be up all night trying to find out what really happened to Amy.
What I loved about this book was that you never really know what to expect. The book is told from the perspective of Nick and Amy, the diary of Amy tells the back story of their lives while the alternative chapters told from Nick takes the story from the disappearance. Slowly the pieces start to fall into place but there is always another curve ball just around the corner. The dark and psychological aspects of this novel remind me of something Jim Thompson would write but then the thriller and suspense of this book reminds me a lot of books like Before I Go to Sleep or Into the Darkest Corner.
Flynn did a brilliant job with this novel, it kept me up at night, made me want to skip work to read this book and in the end any spare time I had I was back in this book trying to find out what really happened to Amy. I wasn’t sure what I was in for and I didn’t know who to believe but in the end I enjoyed the ride. On reflection this book seemed incredibly basic with its plot but writing in a brilliant way that while reading you never have enough pieces to solve this puzzle. Highly recommend this book to any lovers of mystery and suspense.
An avid listener of fiction, it almost makes the long journey to work worth it.
Engaging, enjoyable and well read.
Absolutely Nick Dunne
Amy Elliot Dunne
If I could I would have finished it in one day.
Not a favourite by a long shot. Easy to pick the plot from early on and the rest was just filling in the details.
Got the book after searching top tens, wish I'd gotten something else. Wasn't very interesting but once I'd started I had to finish to see if anything else popped up. Narraters were fine, just not a fan of the story line.
Tell us about yourself!
Absolutely! Great story with many twists. Fantastic characters and I enjoyed the comedy (even though the story is quite dark).
Both main characters, although in the end I would chose the male lead.
Excellent delivery and timing. They were fantastic as their own characters as well as portraying the other characters.
Gives a new meaning to 'Woman scorned'
Loved this book, the twists were believable and characters strong.
Live in Sydney, Australia. South African heritage. Love audio books. Constant company on my non-stop business travels.
Get this. Gone girl deserves its best seller status because it is good old fashioned story telling where the journey is just a thrill and ride and the destination a... well, you will see. I felt myself listening without distraction (as I would if reading a book) which for me is the best test of a really good audio book. The narrators both do an excellent job.
The characters are delightfully packed with dark secrets.
The suspense and surprises....
The flip in the middle when everything becomes clear. ....but I don't want ,give anything away !!!
Absolutely and I more or less did between the gym, office and car.
Listen and enjoy
A wonderfully written and well performed book. A husband telling the story of his missing wife and the wife revealing their life in her diary. Or so it seems at first... and just then when you feel yourself choosing sides (will you be in the Amy or the Nick camp?) the story takes on an unexpected twist. What looked like a pretty straightforward story now has you guessing - how on earth will it end. So go ahead, listen and hold your breath till the very end.
The story was intriguing. I picked some of the plot points, but not all of them and enjoyed the twists.
The two main characters were both likeable and unlikeable; it was a bizarre feeling to mostly dislike the characters, but want to keep hearing their stories.
The author seems to have no idea what the word "literally" means. More than half the times it's used it's about something that is figurative... if those things were literal it would have been a more horrible and terrifying story. It bugged me so much that I wasn't sure I wanted to keep listening, but I persevered and was glad I did. That is the main reason I didn't give the book 5 stars all around.
"Yep, it's good."
It's one of those rare books that totally deserved the hype. The characters are psychologically complex, the plot is deep and dense yet easily navigable, continuously tense, even after the twist is delivered. Just all round good.
"Sad, disturbing and scary"
Some of the characters are so annoying (Andie in particular) that one would like to tell them to get a grip. Andie is very young, granted and many of us were not particularly bright at 23, but really???? She is so selfish, that is almost unreal. "I just want to be with you, no matter that it looks bad for you. True love." She is the younger, less dangerous version of Amy. Nick is mad and a coward, his redeeming quality is that he sacrifices himself after all for the sake of his unborn child. Amy is scary. Genuinly scary. She is proud that her mother could not have another baby. She wants to be the centre of the Univers and when she discovers that she is not, she is set on revenge. Totally brainwashes her husband. On the other hand, if you take out the sociopath element, the book addresses some good questions about relationships. How much are we pretending? Why do people cheat? Expectations, wishes, issues every couple might face. Hopefully not on the same level. Not dealt with in the same manner. I liked Margo...but I still fear for Nick's life. Especially after Amy's last words.
"Gripping, nail bitingly brilliant. Wet ending tho"
Great all the way but I wanted more than the ending delivered. 8 wanted something more dramatic after all the build up
I enjoyed the story, it was easy to get into it, I liked the twists of the story line, but the ending is awful.
Slow start but gets better. So many twists. Becomes intriguing you need to know the end!
"Hooked from the get go!"
thoroughly enjoyed this book and the voice acting in particular. They got the tone just right.
dont believe the hype. good in the middle but thats it. nicks voice is boring
gripping story that has lots of twists and turns and keeps surprising you. None of the characters are likeable but you still want to know what happens.
This book contains intriguing characters who twist and turn through this compelling tale. Thoroughly recommend.
"great mystery suspense."
loved this book, from beginning to end fabulous I enjoyed it very much as did my book group.
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