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
great story,the author has a creative mind.recommended to listeners who are bored by the average run-of- the-mill mystery plot.
I loved this book, interesting set up, suspenseful story, with plot twists but the two main characters and their relationship dynamics really take center stage. You're taken on a fantastic ride of finding out what the hell is going on. Nick and Amy are so well written, authentic and relatable and the narrator's are excellent.
This is a love story. If you do not want to read a love story this is definite not for you. I got it as a gift, and (wrongly) assumed that the giver had found a good book for me, therefore i did not quit the book in mid part 1. Part 1 is terrible, it is love love love, it's like you have stumbled in to the world of girls teen magazines.
In the second part (which I thought was the final part) the book picks up. For a while it feels like this is a thriller and not a lovestory. But all to soon it falls back into being a love story.
What was I thinking as I listened to this book:
Part 1 - Terrible, awfully boring
Part 2 - This is not bad, if it keeps this up it might actually be a decent book.
Part 3 - Shouldn't this have ended by now?
One note about the presentation and the way things are written. The autor has many good ways of putting things, and create some concepts that are fascinating like the dancing monkey. However the storyline kills the book.
No, but that's because it wouldn't hold me in suspense to the same degree. I don't regret listening to it at all, in fact I found it making me reassess things in my life. I was expecting more of a mystery, and found that it was more a critique of human nature along with some mystery. It was very entertaining.
Would love to say, but it would be a spoiler. Just listen to it!
Yes, I found myself quite drawn into the characters lives and at time it made me very angry and at times very sad. Quite a powerful book that really makes you consider how human relationships work.
I really didn't want to stop listening at the end of each train ride, I wanted to delve deeper. Definitely not a book to start listening to if you are about to be distracted from listening for awhile!
Probably, in a year or so.
A definite reaction, but if I talk about it I will give away the suprise
Excellent story, kept me thinking all the time what would come up next. Very sorry when it was all over.
This story had me right from the start. It wove an incredible web of intrigue through all the characters and I could not put it down
Very disappointed with the narration; almost bad enough to toss the audiobook. But I wanted to hear the book more than the performances irritated me.
The story itself was good. Not unpredictable, but still twisty enough to be intriguing in the details. The details are where this book is most enjoyable. I recommend it to anyone wanting to listen to a intriguing mystery that is told from several perspectives. You'll know "whodunnit" by the halfway point (is it halfway? Hard to recall with an audiobook), but it's still a fun mystery seeing how things pan out.
"Keep going with this"
When I started listening I thought I had made a mistake - I didn't like the voice of the man, the aggressive tone and the bad language,but I always think it worth persevering for a while and I'm glad I did. It's one of the those books that might take a bit of getting into, but once the characters were established and the book began to deal with the disappearance of Amy the feel of it changed and it became absorbing. So I would recommend - and if you start listening and have some doubts, keep going you will enjoy it.
"Not quite 5 stars"
This book is totally absorbing from the start, the characters are complex and interesting and although they are unlikeable they manage to pull you in; I became immersed in their viewpoint. The first 2 thirds of this book I found so gripping that I thought it would be a five starer but I think because it was so involving I expected a slightly more satisfying end. Worth listening to though for the weaving plot and the characters that are so well thought out.
There has been so much hype surrounding Gillian Flynn's latest novel. It's been on lots of 'best thriller of 2012' lists, was apparently the hippest read in New York in 2012 and there is talk of a Hollywood movie. I am also a big fan of her two previous novels which I think show her to be one of the most original contemporary thriller writers. Therefore, I was very excited about the release of this, her third novel and actually started listening last year when it was first released. However I became really stuck about half an hour into it
and could not move beyond Amy's narration- I did not like the character or the narrator. However, my New Year's resolution is to finish all those unfinished
listens (I am so pleased I decided to do this as my first unfinished listen I
revisited was Alex Marwood's 'Wicked Girls'. - outstanding!)
So am I glad I put in the effort to finish this? I can't believe I initially stopped listening- so if you are struggling, once you get past the first hour it is definitely worth persevering.
Initially I found Amy's narration irritating and wanted to hear more of Nick's story, however as the book progresses and you navigate the many twists and turns of the plots you are drawn further in to both narrator's stories never knowing which one to believe. This is the real strength of this novel - the
reader is kept guessing throughout - all the way until the end.
This is a long listen but I could not stop listening and as with any excellent read I miss the characters stories and am struggling to find a listen to match it.
"A bit of a struggle"
Although this book is clearly well written, the characters are so unlikeable that I really struggled to finish it. I suspect that if I was reading it rather than listening to it I may very well have given up. The narrators are good, though I like Amy's voice better than Nick's so there was a jolt every time they switched while I got used to the voice again. If you like psychological thrillers then I wouldn't want to put you off altogether - as I said - it is well written,I just found that because I wasn't routing for one of the characters the plot wasn't enough to hold me.
I had to listen to the last 3.5 mins 3 times as I thought I had missed something or that my audio app was not working.The poor ending spoilt the whole experience of a great novel. Even though I was gripped by the story I feel ripped off in the end......
"The perfect holiday listen"
The perfect holiday listen. Brilliantly written. Two wonderful characters. Two wonderful voices. The writing is sharp and incisive and both Nick and Amy are completely believable. The plot is brilliantly planned and the secrets are held back and revealed in teasing snippets. Loved it!
"Great Book, but poor ending"
I just raced through this book. Loved the style of writing. It certainly was one of those books you just didn't want to put down and not a dull page until the ending.
I couldn't believe Gillian gave such a good book the crappy ending that she did.
It left me feeling like I wished I hadn't wasted my time reading this book. A poor conclusion which I'm sure most people would agree just didn't do the story justice at all.
"An audio page turner"
In the beginnging i thought this is simple i know whats going on here,in fact after a couple of chapters i wondered if i would carry on listening.Then off we went on the ride,flying up and down then side to side as each narrator gave their spin on events.Alarmingly even when you do feel you have a grip on whats going on , the two main characters dance around each other again.
The end may appal you,but you will want to get to the end !
"Intriguing story marred by language"
This is a well-crafted if implausible story with excellent narrators who must have got as tired as I did of the author's rather juvenile use of the F-word hundreds of times so that when it would have had impact it fails to register as it had been used so indiscriminately as verb and adjective ad nauseum. I don't object to swearing when it's justified but it is lazy writing that diminished an otherwise compelling story.
"Not a Thriller"
If am confused with the positive ratings that some have given this novel. I spend a lot of time driving long distances and find listening to thrillers an ideal way to relax when stuck in traffic.
Some of the thrillers I have recently listened to such the Forgotten by David Baldacci have caused me to remain in the car once I have arrived at my destination as they were absolutely riveting.
It is crucial that the book I am listening to is exciting, not dull and tedious or the journey feels like it is taking longer than it actually is.
I listened to over half this book before, I made the decision to sack it, it just wasn't getting interesting. This is the first time I have not finished an audio book or bothered to write a review.
Take my advice and try another book.
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