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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It's not often that you have a very well written thriller. Either they take great care of the procedural context or keep the pace going. However Gillian Flynn managed to provide an intelligent and at times 'profound' book of our times as well as a completely gripping and unexpected pacey thriller. Although the book is not overtly political it does provide some useful comment about the way of the world post economic meltdown for 'developed' countries.
I was kept on the edge of my seat throughout the book, although if there is a criticism it's the ending, which I found unrealistic. Great book though and can't wait for her next one!!
This book was brilliant, with a wondefully gripping story that really draws you in. A twist in the plot provides an unexpected turn in events. A truly well written and thought out characters you will live, and hate! The story is also well read and this book ensures hours of pleasure.
"Keeps you guessing untill the end"
There are so may twists and turns in this book it will keep you guessing untill the last line - literally. I couldn't put it down, it's characters are complex and compelling, not at al likeable, but strangely captivating. It's a slow burn, brilliantly narrated.
I was a little wary of this book as I didn't think it could live up to the hype but it does!! Fantastic twists and turns. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't work out where the next twist would take me. The two characters are so clearly defined and the readers are excellent. If you want a great thriller that you can't stop listening to, then this is the one for you. Believe the hype!!
brilliant!!! i loved the twists and enjoyed the way the story was read by seperate people representing the main characters! throughouly enjoyable !!
"Good concept, flawed delivery."
The idea underlying this story is very good. There are twists and turns in the story which are engaging but each character has abhorrent traits and it is difficult to empathise with anyone. I think it would have been better to manipulate the reader more constructively during each character's narrative but maybe the negative character construction was deliberate, I felt that the use of bad language was excessive and gratuitous and did not add to the character definitions and even discouraged me from listening further. I give it 3 stars for creativity.
"What's the fuzz about???"
I really don't understand all the enthusiastic reviews?? This is a story of 2 selfish and unsympathetic people with absolutely no empathi for, or understanding, of each other. Acutally these charateristics are so exaggerated that the characters become unbeliverable. I am 6 hours into the book and absolutely nothing has happend exept from an endless list of complaints about their lives and each other. I each situation described in the book the characters react in the possible most stupid way incriminating themselves, and since both are described as fairly intelligent people, this costs on the credability scale. 6 hours of this garbage is more than enough for me so Girl is definely Gone, far far away, into the garbage disposal.
"Totally unexpected and well worth reading"
As some others have said, to begin with, you're thinking, "I know where this is going", but really, you don't! I don't know what kind of mind you need to think this up in the first place but to write it in such a skilled way is a whole other story... The narration takes a little getting used to (but then U.S. accents always do for me) but I didn't consider stopping because I did want to know what was going to happen... then I thought I did, before it went wham! I hugely enjoyed the very different perspective, it changes from hearing it from the police side of things, the ending might not be to everyone's taste because a lot of people expect endings to follow a very typical pattern. I'm saying no more. Definitely worth reading.
"Don't buy it"
Nice story but far far tooooo long. Boring. In the end i had to skip bits.
"Gone Girl - gone forever"
Truly awful. The narration was in a simpering North American accent that made me turn this book off before the end of the fist chapter. Do yourself a favour and don't buy this audio book. I've given it one star because I can't give it less.
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