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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The book is an absolute page turner (well chapter listener - is that a term that makes sense?!). I found myself just sitting in my car wanting to drive around the neighbourhood just so I could listen more. It's awesome. Shame about the ending but that possibly makes it even more disturbing. The book is so much better than the movie - but maybe that's just me?
Very disappointing. With all the hype about the film I thought I'd read the book first. I have only got to chapter 16 of 64 and found it very dull. It was hardwork listening to it and I have now given up and I don't even want to know where she went!
"twists and turns keep you gripped"
I'd watch the film perhaps but I never listen again to books and rarely re-read so probably won't. Having said that it's such a detailed and suspenseful book that I might but only in some years' time.
Both Amy and Nick - fascinatingly drawn. I liked the contrast in Amy between the initial diary and the later Amy. I also liked the way Nick's character develops and the idea of the meta-story - the Amazing Amy idea and the counterpoint to Amazing Amy
I loved the variety of tones they each produced - the deft conveying of characters.
It terrified me and worried me.
I can't imagine anyone not being gripped by this clever plot and the strongly drawn developing characters.
I have only listened to the audio book so cannot comment.
A fantastic twisting story that keeps you guessing. Quite a chilling sensation, superbly written. Well performed.
"Great Book Marred by Dreadful Ending"
I really enjoyed this book. It is inteesting, well written and has sufficient pace and twists and turns to keep the reader engaged and wanting more. Both the narrators do an excellent job and the use of two voices works well.
As others have said the end is terrible. The author appears to give up, I suspect others will say that the author chose the ending to delibrately create an emotional reaction with the reader. I dont buy that - it isn't in keeping with ghe rest of the book. I think the author wanted a clever ending and this was the best they could come up with. My only emotional reaction was feeling cheated.
I initially enjoyed the book so much that halfway tnrough I bought two of her other books - I am going to return both of these unread such is my disappointment at the end of this book. In conclusion - I wouldnt reccomend buying the book.
"A woman scorned"
This is a book that somehow feels like a cautionary tale, though I am uncertain exactly what it is warning of. Neither character is entirely likeable, and the story is almost like watching a car crash in slow motion. That said it is interesting and it is compelling.
These are two very "American" narrators, which I appreciate is a rather strange comment to make, though sometimes a rich and highly varnished American accent can bit a bit difficult to take seriously, rather like listening to an advert for Druckers jam as opposed to a serious thriller. Though I quickly worked through this and after a while I got quite used to it.
The original concept of narration via 2 characters, well complemented and varied enough to keep one listening. The intrigue is well paced and the twists and turns are all pretty plausible.
The sudden discovery of Amy's parents' losses, which immediately changed the whole "perfect balance" which previously seemed to underpin the "perfect marriage," and thereby set the tone for the rest of the story.
Whilst certainly intriguing, the book was not really emotionally charged.
The book is very well structured so as to build up to some sort of grand finale - but when no such finale occurs, the ending turns into something of a let down, albeit an one which is as logical as it is unexciting. A bit like the anticipation of flying into space, only to find that it's all black, anyhow.
Very good book! One of the best I have listened to in a while! Performances were very good, although on occasion "Nick" did get on my nerves a little as he could be a little monotone.
"Amy" was played beautifully!
Great story with lots of twists and turns and kept me intrigued until the end.
"New to Audible and this was my first listen"
I'm new to audiobook and I have found it an absolute joy. I can listen to it whilst at work and on the train. Which has allowed me to consume a book in a week or so.
My favorite character is definitely Amy she twist and turn so much the psychology of her character is utterly engaging.
At first I was a little unsure of the performance as I had other voice's in mind but these soon developed into the characters and was very pleased by the end of the book.
Just couldn't wait to listen to more and was excited to hear what happened next.
Making the opening more interesting and informative
Not being able to get into a story
I found the voices dull
Not for me. Could be it just wasn't to my taste.
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