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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I was wondering whether I should download this book after some of the reviews saying that they didn't like the characters, but I'm so glad I did! I had tons of work to do and yet I couldn't tear myself away from this book. I really liked the readers very much, they were perfect for it. You do work out what's going on fairly soon, but you're supposed to and I couldn't wait to find out how it resolved. You do have to suspend belief on a few occasions, but it's entertainment so, so what. I found some of the writing surprisingly good, there were some descriptive parts that really made me pause for thought and admire the ideas. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was that the end was a slight letdown, but don't let that put you off, it's really worth a listen.
This book was thoroughly enjoyable with many twists and turns throughout, which kept the reader guessing as to what happened next. I would recommend this to anyone who likes an intriguing read!
After reading the reviews I expected to be instantly enthralled with the story. However, after listening to the first 2/3hrs I still wasn't get feeling it. I was going to give up but so many people had given it excellent reviews. I made myself stick with it and I am so glad that I did! I found it clever, unpredictable and addictive.
"Mesmerising, confounding and compelling."
This story was so stunning I recommended it to several friends who all downloaded it and were so equally enthralled that I had a series of great conversations about how they had started by believing one thing, then another and then not knowing what to believe.
This is a superbly constructed story, beautifully read which takes you on a compellingly twisted journey of confusion, lies and ultimately seeing how weakness, shared history and neediness can bind people beyond reason.
Couldn't stop listening.
Subsequently downloaded Sharp Objects by the same author. Another absolute winner.
"Clever but too clever?"
A lot of people have started reading this book and given up after a few chapters. It's easy not to like. A story about two self-obsessed American writers isn't everyone's cup of tea and it's not mine either - writers writing about writers always strikes me as rather bankrupt in conception.
But stick with it. The interesting twists don't happen until about a third of the way through and why the characters have to be who they are becomes clear. Yes, there are a few holes in it, but there are in every novel, and in the end I did have reservations about whether the plot was believeable. A worthwhile read.
I really enjoyed this audiobook, interesting twists and turns to the story and well narrated. I only didn't give it 5 stars because it wasn't 100% 'gripping', I didn't have difficulty putting it down unlike some other audiobooks, but if you like clever crime novels this is for you. The characters are well developed throughout the book and certainly it wasn't predictable at all. All in all I enjoyed and listened all through to the end and would probably listen again in time.
It took me a while to get into this but, in the end, I couldn't bear to hit pause. Great narration!
"Perplexing but boring"
If it hadn't been for all the fuss I would have given up after the first half hour. Do not listen to this if you're feeling depressed as it will turn you suicidal! It was well narrated but there were so many flaws in the logic that it defies belief people think its 'clever'. Wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy but if have hours to waste read it so whatever you read after it will seem to be brilliant.
"I needed more"
I picked this book based on many great reviews, I wasn't disappointed.
It was written in a very addictive fashion. It was compelling , thought provoking and satisfying. The characters felt real and the story knit perfectly and feels authentic to the reader . I would definitely recommend it. It isn't gruesome as some of the new thriller tend to be. 4 stars. enjoy
"a great listen"
This audiobook kept me riveted from the start to the finish. A very unusual format with the two main characters telling the story from their perspective. There were so many interesting twists and turns to the plot, yet the ending was still a surprise. Left me wanting to read more of Gillian's work.
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