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
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.
Loved the narrators, so engaging. This book interrupted my life as I had to listen at every opportunity.
Generally I stick to non fiction, but this book as reignited my enthusiasm for quality fiction.
Beautifully written - some colorful language - but in keeping with the characters. Otherwise great writing, and neatly woven together strands of narrative. Kept me on the edge of my seat.
Could not fault narrators performances whatsoever.
Such a great book - surprising twists, even after 19 plus hours I did not want this to end.
I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!
It took me a few chapters to get into this book. When I started listening I thought I had bought a romantic novel with a sicky love story.. Girl meets boy, blah, blah, blah.. I nearly stopped listening, but pushed on because I was on a road trip. Well, what can I say! It turned out to be fantastic.. So push through and enjoy!!!
Looking for characters to fall in love with and stories that will blow my mind!
Probably. And the performance by Heyborne and Whelan was REALLY good. I believe they really did absorb the essence of the characters.
I would. She can write, I'll give her that, her story here is pretty clever, but I found the characters quite real and at the same time they're like the worst people with the worst character you can find, well, I didn't find that appealing, people are pretty messed up as it is. Moreover, I'd probably try another book because Flynn seems to really be good at writing, I just hope to see some characters the you could empathise a little bit more.
They make it sound a lot more real, they make you think of the characters as if they were real people. Their performance was excellent, I guess that's one of the reasons I kept on going with the audiobook.
Not really, but it wouldn't be fair to say that there was nothing to it. I guess it made me think a lot about how we behave, how we try to be accepted(or not), how we play cool, just to fit in, or to think it is the only way we can be loved; and a lot more concerning behaviour, acceptance, deception...
After reading all the rave reviews over this book, I figured it must be really good. The first part of the book really bored me - I even skipped a few hours. I started listening again in Part 2 and only here did the story grab me. The middle part of the book is really excellent and you are completely pulled into the book and I found myself listening non-stop. The story had such an immense build-up, but the ending was just so unbelievably disappointing! I had a jaw-drop-"no-this-cant-be-the-end"-moment* when I heard the familiar voice "thank you for listening to audible". Even though the story was gripping, I'm not sure I would recommend it due to the awful ending.
Self confessed pathetic protagonist, inconsistent antagonist and deeply unsatisfying ending. The plot is interesting and excellent at building suspense, when it isn't introspection from immature, uninteresting failures, but has no pay off. You can predict the ending and hope it isn't coming, but when it gets there you just wasted nineteen hours.
Some of that's hyperbole... I'm just mad about how much it sucked. When Julia Whelan reads for Nick she sounds as though she is performing a parody.
"Couldn't put it down!!"
I loved the twists in this audiobook...cost me sleep as simply could not stop listening!!! Was wonderful. Great readers too.
Great story, and fantastic value. Hours and hours of listening - and never a dull moment.
Spent a chapter or two getting accustomed to the American accents, but they did grow on me (just as well as there's about 18 hours of audio). After that, really enjoyed the book, and having two narrators was excellent - wouldn't have been nearly so good with only one.
Only problem now is i've got to find something else to replace it, and not sure it will be as good.
"Could not get in to this book"
I found this book very difficult to get interested in from the start. I did not find the narraters very good.
"Unexpected end, thrilling and complicated"
I haven't read the print version
Unpredictable nature and the complicated very human end
Great book. Thoroughly recommend it
"WHAT A LETDOWN!!!"
18 hrs of my life spent struggling with poor narration and frustrating story, only to finish with an ending to match. The author obviously ran out of ideas on how to end this book, so just let it peter out with a whimper.
A great read, I was hooked from the very beginning right up to the end.
For a bit of escapism, I would, but not if you like your narrators reliable, or sane.
I really disliked the ending. This book has been so hyped, that I was expecting a better climax. Haven't seen the Fincher film, but I'd like to think it doesn't end on such a whimper.
I was intrigued by Amy's time in the grotty, Psycho-esque roadside cabin, and the characters she met there, and the ambiguity that created, not knowing the extent of their knowledge or motivations like we do hers.
Marriage is a hell (of your own making)?
I enjoyed the effort put into social realism and establishing historical, geographical and economical context - all that really helped to make the characters that little bit more believable (without it, this may have become a little too Dean Koontz - good, page-turning schlocky fun, but nothing more...). I must admit the mutual appreciation that seems to exist between Flynn and one of my favourite authors, Kate Atkinson, sort of convinced me to read this, although I think I'll stick to Atkinson in future.
"More of a page turner than the Da Vinci code"
This book is incredible! A page turning masterpiece, it's read in both male and female voices so its like you're actually there. The story is amazing. An instant classic!
"Great story. ..better than the film!"
Love the detail in this story. ..watched the film a while ago and loved it. .But then I listened to the book! ! Fantastic. .! At first I thought I would hate the American accents but they were fine and they read the story really well. !A great listen! !
Loved thus book and couldn't wait to hear more!
Nick's wife disappears on their anniversary. Why? What is happening ?
The book, beautifully read, takes you on a rollercoaster ride of twists and turn, all cleverly connecting.
An Amazing read!
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