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
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"Smart, dark & delicious"
I loved this book - it's one of those really enjoyable thrillers where the twists are so good they make you grin with pleasure. The audio version is fantastic - the two narrators give such depth and characterization that I felt like they really were Nick and Amy.
The book was quite gripping but there was no variation to the depressing theme of the story, very little humour, no high and lows, the end was really miserable!
Narrators were fine.
"It rambled on too long"
To have finished the story off sooner, it was really really good up to a certain point - then it just got a bit unbelievable and I stopped listening .... I've still not finished listening ... I will go back to it .... But I've lost interest currently!
I'm not sure, a great plot was spoilt by not finishing it earlier
Most of the end after the explanation of the Gone Girl!!
I found the female narrator annoying to listen to, a really whiny American accent
"Disturbing tale of disturbed folk"
The twists and turns certainly keep you hooked. I like to be surprised, and there are a lot of surprises here.
Yes, I think she will go on to be great if she doesn't get too stuck in a genre
The first reveal. Say no more.
The end was incredibly disturbing in that you realise there is no resolution here, no way for a happy ending.
Cleverly written, complex plot but maybe the personality disorders herein are just a bit too dreadful to be enjoyable. I felt like a rubber necker.
"Gripping, twisted, fascinating fiction"
The story kept unfolding in the most unexpected ways. I genuinely didn't know how it was going to end, and part of me didn't want it to! Amazing Amy is such an intriguing character. I've never changed my opinion of a character so often within the space of one book.
I've never read anything like this. I'm not a fan of crime at all, and while this has a slight crime angle, this is fundamentally a story about a relationship gone horribly wrong. I guess Flynn's writing style is quite similar to Sophie Hannah.
Amy is definitely my favourite character. Nick's great too though.
How well do you really know your partner?
This is the best book I've listened to/read in ages. I tell everyone I know (and some I don't know) to read it.
No. I gained little enjoyment from this book, there was not a single character I found myself caring about, they were all rather flat, unsympathetic and 2 dimensional. The plot, however, was clever and had some unexpected twists.
Their performances were well read.
The plot could certainly be carried on, the end of it would certainly allow the story line to continue. so yes.
This was a clever book which I could have enjoyed had the characters been more sympathetic.
"Not cosy listening but worth it"
This was my first Gillian Flynn book and I was pleasantly surprised. It's a strictly linear narrative but the cut-aways from one point of view to the other makes sure that the plot trots along at a reasonable pace. I was gripped more or less from the start because it takes a while to get the the reveal. I liked that my sympathies switched from Nick to Amy then back again several times over. The reason for the 4 stars was because of the ending, it's a disappointment with no concrete resolution to the crisis. I found myself wanting justice to be served but there's no nicely wrapped up, convenient Hollywood ending here. Quite the opposite. I read that the movie has been cast with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, hmmmm, not sure.
how the story was told from his point of view and then hers,
It was very gripping
"Enjoyable but over long"
I have to confess to being the kind of person who figures out the plot after the first few pages. That being said I found this book enjoyable initially but by the end of book 3 I was willing the book to end.
It was well acted and kept me interested. The descriptions and characters are well written but some serious editing was needed in the last third of the book. It was like the author had several alternative endings and then decided to use them all, however banal. It was obviously written with a film deal in mind and there are echoes of this in the narrative.
Tighter ending, it was a little slasher movie without the slashing - more melodrama. She could also take out the first ending with the ex boyfriend. Are American law enforcement that bad?
I enjoyed the build up. The beginning of the book is interestingly written. It then descended into farce.
Definitely not. The characters have nowhere to go that they haven't been to. The female cop might be worth continuing with in her own story. She didn't get much to do and just fizzled out.
"clever observation of a toxic marriage"
The book continiously playes with our emotions, making you switch your loyalties
I loved the way I actually disliked the main characters
Brilliantly done, surprising and accuratly observed
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