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
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"?
This book is brilliant. The twist and turns are chilling and sometimes downright scary. I can not recommend this novel enough. Slowish start but really takes off from there. I could not put it down!
A book that constantly made you question the narrators and their motives. Very intriguing as it gave a new spin to the the thriller/murder mystery genre.
Marketer. The Engineer-MBA stereotype. Sports-fiction writer. Poor reader of text. Thus at Audible. God Bless.
Author : Gillian Flynn
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Source - Audiobook
Rating - 5
Shudder. A delicious, twisted, evil, satan of a book. Unreliable, lying, attractive, detestable, addictive narrators; the most realistic take on a crumbled marriage I've read in recent times; twists and double twists and triple twists and then --- just as we were slowly moving towards some kind of an expected conclusion, a whoosh-what-the-f**k-was-that howitzer of an ending. I hated, HATED the ending. Perfect ending. Hated it. Loved it.
PS: Great performances by both of the narrators too.
This is not the usual type of book I go for, but it was genuinely gripping - flows along in a way that makes it really hard to put down at any given point.
Very well written, sharp and mesmerising insight into two people's psyche's and the tension never stops.
It did get a bit too dark for my liking, and though I'd like to read more from the author, I read the synopsis for her other books and they sound ever darker, so think I'll give them a miss.
If I have time
Natural way of telling the story
I loved the psychology in the book.
"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.
"What an awful book"
Read this on a personal recommendation. I was intrigued and in that respect it is a page turner. I thought it was overly long and I got irritated by the "oh so clever" descriptions.The characters were nearly all uninspiring and unlikeable.
I was glad I was able to speed up the narration speed, for even though it was well read, I was finding it very tedious.
I kept hoping for some redeeming quality but it never came.
"unlikeable characters & voices and a slow plot"
I have struggled with this book for 2 months and I am stil only half way through. Normally I go through an audio book in 2 weeks. I am forcing myself to listen to this one but am not enjoying it. The voices are aggressive and bored in the way they are read,and the characters and self centred and unattractive. The husband and wife in the story clearly don't get on so why on earth were they married. The husband is a self centred dislikeable character, and you get annoyed at the wife for putting up with his selfish childish behaviour to the point that you really don't wonder where she has disappeared to. Clearly she left because she realised how horrible her life was and because she is better off without her sponging loser of a husband. I can't imagine a twist in this, except maybe that she is trying to get him to miss her by running off, because clearly he just found her intensely annoying before she disappeared, and vice versa. I will stick it out, because I am not a quitter, but this is not worth the accolades.
"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!
"Recommended by a 40-something male."
I trend to avoid anything hyped as it rarely lives up to expectations, but the sound of this book intrigued me and I have to say it really is a corker. Beautifully read by two readers who seem to inhabit the skin of their respective writers, it is hard to say much about this book without giving too much away. There are enjoyable and believable plot twists, swipes at the manulpulation by, and of, the media, and musings on how we play out reality at second hand, like characters in the (too many) films we've seen. But it is the psychological detail of the writing which gripped me. Rarely have I believed in main characters so much. Gillian Flynn has really got inside this man and woman. She is not judgemental of them (whatever your opinion, as a reader, is of them), and I really admired the way she built them up as humans who are the result of both nature and nurture. And it is so beautifully constructed, especially in the second half, that I laughed with pleasure at the audaciousness of it; and it is never too smart for its own good. For me it's a rare thing - it's absolutely as good as they are all telling you.
"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.
"Engrossing but ultimately frustrating"
Very clever and detailed psychological thriller. Don't be fooled by the pace - the devil is in all the detail. The ending is not wrong and was good writing but not really what the average reader wants after hours of listening. So 4 stars. Good for journeys. Not good if you are feeling down - instead, read The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed out the Window to lift your heart.
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