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
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.
It could have at least had a clever or even satisfying ending...written well but where's the plot, where's character development? What did they learn, what did we discover?
Yes. Even though the twists would no longer be a surprise listening again would allow you to focus more on the details rather than the overall story
I don't normaly read fiction, so don't know.
Yes, and I did.
Highly intriguing tale, slightly disappointed with how everything just fell into place as the perpetrator planned and felt slightly rushed and a bit lazy three quarters through. However, I couldn't put it down and finished it in 4 days! Most enjoyable.
I loved this book when it first came out and so when my book club chose it I was excited to read it again....or listen to it as I thought a change of venue would be nice. I was wrong. While the story was as good as every and great to revisit, Julia Whelan's voice was so grating, so annoying that I had to forward past her. Kirby Heyborned more than made up for it. I ended up reading "Amy's" parts and listening to "Nick's" part.
The unreliable narration and how brilliantly that is done gets me every time with this book.
Julia Whelan's voice, in particular her long sssss's got on my last nerve. It completely ruined the audible experience for me I'm afraid.
Just love books.
Yes, it is an interesting book from the start.
It was a full story from start to finish. No wading through the first half of the book to get to the guts of the story.
Not the ending! It didn't go how I wanted it to :-)
imho - ymmv
The story unfolds in parts, with wonderful narration. The use of two (talented) voice actors is perfect for the book.
Part 1 is a cracker of a whodunnit. Gillian Flynn has mastered the art of parallel story-lines, a skill honed in Sharp Objects and wielded here to perfection.
But wait! There's more - a psychological suspense-thriller in the final parts as the protagonists grapple with the consequences. And while Gillian Flynn's second book, Dark Places, fell a bit flat due to improbable coincidences and a largely unsympathetic cast, Gone Girl had me totally sucked in.
I felt so sure this book would be 5 stars and a heart.
That is, until the final climax; the final few pages. WTF? I am underwhelmed and unconvinced.
Perhaps the silver lining is that Gone Girl was almost - but not quite - the ultimate masterpiece in the style that Gillian Flynn has been evolving over three stories to date, so I am left eagerly looking forward to her next. Will that be "The One"?
Most of this book seemed suited to an adolescent. Towards middle of Part 2 and a lot of Part 3 was OK but I felt for most of it that I was too old (62).
"A psychological thriller without compare!"
How can I describe this without giving anything away? Superbly written and brilliantly narrated. The main characters by turn are hateful and deserving sympathy. I sincerely wish that I could read this again without knowing the outcome. You will not be sorry to get this in your library.
"WOW....not the ending I anticipated"
Excellent narration. Good characterisation, particularly Amy. A bit too long (19 hours) but worth the journey
Not really, love thrillers.
Yes I'd say so. He drew in numerous characters, all with various quirks in to the storey line and kept their uniqueness constant throughout.
Nothing, he was excellent
"Love the language and the ending"
I was continually surprised by the Gone Girl it was not at all what I had expected.
It is wicked, contemporary and real. OK amazing Amy is far from a typical wife but her and husband point out some of the uncomfortable truths about modern relationships. I particularly enjoyed Amy's vitriolic essay on "cool girls" at the start of part 2.
It is a thrilling, thriller but that's not the point the book is really about relationships.
The language in every sense is dazzling and often shocking.
As to the ending it is perfect, chilling and both inevitable and not what you expect.
It's not a comfortable read but if you don't like cliches you may well enjoy this scintillating, engrossing book.
"Not sure what the hype is about...dull."
This book came highly recommended so I listened and stuck with it.
I feel robbed of my time having listened to it... the ending is NOT worth the wait. So if like me you get half way and think (for obvious reasons) I HAVE to know what is going to happen. My advise is don't bother, it left me cross and let down.
The two main characters are horrible, I wouldn't have cared if they had both succumbed to their demise, I spent the majority of the book hoping they would. The story was overly descriptive (I don't care what colour the lawyer's tie is, get on with it), it never really got going, it's a slow pace, and so unbelievable that I was angry by the end.
Then the ending, really thats it.
Didn't enjoy it and would not recommend it.
"Great start, annoying ending"
Overall it's really absorbing and clever book, ican see why it had to end as it did, but it was still annoying!
"Secrets and Lies...and then more lies..."
Being a firmly indoctrinated member of the Hollywood generation, I'm comfortably used to my crime/thrillers having very definite good/bad guys, and for them to behave in a certain way, with minor twists and variations...
That's why I was gripped to this book once I got about a third into it, as all of my beliefs were pretty shattered, then the rest of the time I sat back in relative disbelief, wondering who would be next to show their true hand.
Whilst having a few flaws (notably certain rather quickly executed turns of events towards the end of the book and arguably, the not-entirely-satisfying ending), this book kept me happily entertained and occasionally gobsmacked for a good couple of days - although I'll admit that I spent a few bleary-eyed mornings at work, after staying up into the early hours listening out for what would happen next...
"A First Rate Thriller And A Great Deal More"
This is the story of a young woman who goes missing in Missouri. It's told in two contrasting and utterly believable voices: the woman's and her husband's and the truth about their relationship is gradually revealed as layer after layer of lies is peeled away.
It's hard to say much about the story without giving away the plot. What I can say is that the premise is wonderfully audacious and the structure is a labyrinth of twists and turns. Watch out for the really dramatic twist half way through the book that projects the novel into a whole new narrative dimension.
The result is a first-rate thriller but what makes it stand out from other first-rate thrillers, is the quality of the writing: the keen observation of human behaviour; the cinematic use of visual detail; the attention to even the most minor characters, the rigid control of narrative technique, and, above all the forensic examination of contemporary relationships. It's an acute commentary on love and infatuation, marriage and parenting, gender stereotypes and social class and it's perfectly read by the two narrators.
This is one of the fastest books I've listened too, not because it was so brilliant and a must listen, but more that it was easy going and I was decorating.
The story isn't bad, it's a Hitchcock wannabe thriller, that plods along with no real surprises and an ending the writer obviously thought was ingeniously clever, but In reality leaves you with a disappointing "oh"
I give it three stars as it isn't a bad book, just not all I was looking forward too, after all the good reviews.
"Best thriller of the year"
I've had a bad run on novels recently so it was a relief to listen to this which was gripping. It's not too bloody, which many thrillers have become. The writing is of a high standard and makes some acute observations about relationships. But more importantly it's a great plot which makes you want to keep listening.
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