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.
"Thrilling audiobook that keeps you guessing"
In my opinion the success of an audiobook depends on the narration. Some audiobooks send me to sleep because of a tedious narration. This book is narrated by two actors, two genders and this always helps. Kirby Heybourne, primarily as the main character Nick, is superb, conveying all the emotion experienced by the character.
This book is very interesting on many levels. Relationships - with a partner, with parents and siblings; contrasting lifestyles of New York and the mid West in the US in recession and the main storyline - what has happened to Amy, the Gone Girl. All the time the story twists and turns as do ones sympathies for the characters as more is revealed. A superb listen.
"How nice not to be like them!"
At first, I took the book to be a mildly satirical take on American life in the setting of a crime/mystery plot. By the end it has become a full-blown exploration of damaged and grotesque personalities. Inventive and chilling as the plot becomes, it stretches the edges of credible conduct and motivation.
I would compare Gone Girl to Minette Walters books. The characters are rich and very complex. They are revealed to you in layers that are sometimes likable, sometimes not likable, and sometimes really disturbing.
The book did not make me happy or sad because I didn't relate to it on a personal level. I did find it sad in the way you see how relationships can evolve in horrifying ways. The author creates a good level of suspense in terms of how far the characters will go.
"When you just can't stop..."
This book lends itself to audio. The dual narration and interweaving plot lines made it the ideal book for multiple trips to work. I looked forward to getting stuck in traffic as it gave me longer with this book.
The moment when the book does a total turn round from murder mystery to psychological thriller. Wow!
The narrators were both convincing and brought the first person writing to life. Julia did a great job of switching between personas and Kirby managed the blend of pathetic and angry really well.
I was tense and fascinated throughout and the ending left me as horrified as you'd ever want to be with a book. The joy of this book is in the unfolding, so I don't want to give too much away. There are times when you like every character and equally times when you could cheerfully see them wiped from the earth. This book takes you on an emotional journey unlike any other.
"Will keep you guessing"
Great book, good listen, loads of twists and turns. A real psychological thriller with a cleverly constructed plot even though it was slightly lacking in credibility towards the end. Who cares? I couldn't put my phone down for listening to it.
"great read that keeps you interested throughout"
Unusual storyline with different perspectives
Really don't want to spoil it for anyone.
Really good listen. Although you can see some of the twists coming there are still alot of surprises
"Didn't get the hype"
I would recommend the book to a friend as it was entertaining , different and full of surprises. At the first few chapters of the audiobook I found the style of the reading , the tone, quite irritating and nearly gave up. Later on I realised it did reflect the story well and was the right way to read this story. Still found it a little annoying hence the score.
The ending was unexpected but a bit lame and frankly disappointing.
I would probably not pick these narrators again unless I was really interested in the book. I have a thing about accents and I particularly enjoy Irish or Scottish accents and not a massive fan of American accents. Apologies , it's just what my ears prefer , nothing against actual nationalities.
As a book definitely new and interesting. Had I known how much the tone of the narratorsI irritated me, I would have probably got a kindle book and enjoyed the storyline more. Overall though, it's a good book but I didn't think it was quite with all the fuss it's been subject to.
"Excellent story- just read really slowly"
I really would recommend this story to a friend. It contradicts the normal damsel in distress narrative and makes us think who we really are and who we are trying to be.
The clear twisted nature of the characters
The narrator read the story really slowly (could just have been his accent). however I listened to it in fast forward and then I was not annoyed by it anymore
Not really I quite liked to stop and think about it. I did read some of it in large chunks while traveling.
"Gone Girl - my book of the year!"
The book is told from the point of view of 2 different people, and the fact that there were 2 separate actors for this was great. I felt like i got to know the characters straight away and formed instant opinions on them and i knew who's side i was on. Both actors were really excellent.
My favourite character was of course, Amy. At the beginning I felt like I had lots in common with her and I was on her side. She was so likeable and seemed like someone I would be friends with. **SPOILER ALERT** Boy was i wrong!
**SPOILER ALERT** I think I enjoyed the scene where you find out about the pregnancy the best. I remember I was listening to the book while brushing my teeth in the bathroom, and I was so shocked that I inhaled some toothpaste and coughed all over the place lol
This book kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. I literally couldn't WAIT to get out of work in the evening to switch the book on in the car. I even sometimes drove the long way home to listen to as much as possible.
I love that this book never does what you expect it to do.
My favourite character has to be Amy. There are few antagonists who match this utterly twisted individual.
There have been quite mixed reviews about this book but for me it has been one of the best listens of the year. Gillian Flynn does not create characters who are particularly likeable but she does make them honest and very real.
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