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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"Like my former dog: only smells nice in the middle"
I had a dog called Winston. As he got older his teeth went bad and so did his bottom. He only really had a palatable smell in the middle. But I loved him until the end.
Gone Girl is a bit like my former dog. Everyone is going on about how great the film is, and ego does not allow me to watch a film without reading the book (except I listen to books...). The beginning of the Gone Girl introduces characters so despicable I felt irritable and annoyed for an entire weekend of trying to limp through it. It was that visceral a reaction.
The end of the book, well, unsatisfying, is all I have to say.
I give it a decent rating because:
1. Gone Girl provoked such a strong reaction - written brilliantly, and almost as crafty as the protagonist.
2. The bit in the middle was very good, addictive almost - I'm pretty tired having stayed up until 2 am to listen to more this week.
3. It reminded me of my dog.
If you're hesitating, don't. Just listen to it and see what all the mixed fuss is about. People are talking about it for a reason, and perhaps its just the way it gets under your skin?
Or it's over-hyped and I've just been sucked in...
I liked the original clever storyline
I didn't like the abrupt, rushed ending
Yes definately. She does have a good imagination. I'd like to see if all her endings are rushed.
I thought the narrators were brilliant. They were easy to listen to and never got annoying. They voiced the different characters really well so it was easy to distinguish between who was talking.
To read more thrillers.
Gone Girl was also my first audio book, it's inspired me to listen to more audio books.
I actually started off readin the book on my kindle. I got to about 25% and found myself struggling to read the book. I decided to download the audio book to listen to in the car and while doing chores and I found it so easy to listen to, and easy to take in the story.
"Tedious, then gripping, then ridiculous"
Just finished this book, the first few hours were a little tedious, but I decided to stick with it, it suddenly flipped in to a really good read with a mid-story change of direction and I couldn't stop listening. Alas the ending was like one of those late night films you just can't stop watching because you think they will get better, but don't.
"Some insight, I gave up"
Think I need a page turner, bad choice on my part part of it as I said insightful, kindness within the reflexion and position of the characters, if I was on beach maybe I would finish this book
Nothing, I would not presume to, it's just not for me' sorry
That silent knowing of the human aspect - our own failures & flaws as we try build something. It's too quiet, we really can't do it. That kind of sadness
Wasn't all doom and gloom- just wrong pace for me
"Gone, or Not Gone, Girl"
Thriller, Drama, Mystery
My favourite character is undoubtedly, Nick, the lead male, 'non-hero.' He is such a complex, real and multifaceted character. You begin by disliking him and finish by feeling rather sorry for him and actually, hoping he gets his revenge.
I have not listened to these narrators before, but I though that they did an excellent job.
I listened to 'Gone Girl' all in one sitting, and then, again.
Thank you, Audible for giving us this excellent book, and in advance of the movie. Once I've seen the film, I'll go back and listen to this audio book again.
everything … the story is pathetic ...
I guess the hype … I seriously thought it was going to be an amazing story having heard so much about it and it now being a movie - the whole thing was seriously unbelievable
totally different narrators … hated listening to them both
there are so many great books out there - this really isn't one of them
"Gone Girl? Good riddance?"
Hmm. The narrators were very good. As is the writing. The style is interesting, though not my usual fodder - his story, her story, his story, her story. Which helps to build a sense of suspense and a wish to hear more.
My biggest problem is that the main characters are unlikeable in the extreme - I found them more and more repugnant the further into the story I was.
About a third of the way through I was on the point of giving up. It was only due to a colleague telling me the storyline and my reading of a web based summary that kept me going! Knowing the outcome I was intrigued by how the author was going to get there. If it wasn't for that I'd have moved on and left this one alone.
Flynn has been very clever here; there is not a single loose end, they are all tied down pat. I agree with other reviewers that the amount of profanity is unnecessary; it has a shock value to start with but then it just gets irritating and feels pretentious.
I won't be returning to this book, nor will I see the film. The predominating feeling upon finishing this novel is a deep sympathy for the policewoman.
"Suspension of disbelief required"
Yes the book held my attention and was very well narrated by both readers.
Not necessarily and my dissatisfaction is probably more of a personal preference issue.
Both characters were authentic and mostly believable- I just found the ending ridiculous.
The scenes with Nick following the treasure hunt were exciting.
Please no! I have had enough of Amy!
I was curious to listen to Gone Girl as it has been so popular and the main body of the story was good, I felt it became very far fetched and rather silly by the closing chapters.
"Durgid - What on Earth? Who likes this?"
different narrators, better story, getting to the point now and then. Oh yes and not having every character annoying or unpleasant in some way.
no - never.
weak and having two narrators, both annoying, just doubled the misery
I usually avoid female authors and forgot to check this time - It drags on pointlessly, with endless unnexessary words. If there is a story I've given up before I reached it. And I know what is supposed to happen from people telling me already.
"Plot over Substance?"
Yes, of course it's a great listen. There's always a reason why something's a best-seller, and if they're in that category, they rarely disppoint.
Stopped from being great by the fact that there are absolutely no likeable characters in the book. Everyone is flawed, and not in a nice way, there's noone you'd want or would dare to spend time with. And by the 'Lord of the Rings' (just when you think it's over, there's another half hour to go) ending.
Still, highly recommended, for all that.
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