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.
"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.
"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.
"Misogamy and misogyny....maybe"
I’d heard mixed reviews from people in the office - all female - who’d read this and decided that, with a link to the film, this would make a good holiday read for both of us when we went to Menorca in the late summer. I made the mistake of reading it ‘in conjunction’ with Umberto Eco’s Focault’s Pendulum - and where that became the motif for all that is good in literature, the shadow cast from Bologna definitely obscured any chance of enjoying this.
My fault with Gillian Flynn is two-fold - and in the first instance purely a matter of personal taste and in the second a link that no other reader would readily make, I’m sure: but here goes.
Primarily, I didn’t like the take on the female characters - specifically, I’m sorry to have to report, the olfactive pronouncements which are made repeatedly. They are not nice and, whilst I am sure they would be defended as a narrative trick, I just didn’t get how this best selling novel was so nasty in the mouth. I’d heard declarations of misogamy and suggestions of misogyny and was left thinking that if I’d written this book I’d be embarrassed that the world would know that I was capable of this take.
The wider reserve relates to my readerly wanderings in the fictional woods....and Chesterton’s trope ‘When Man ceases to worship God he does not worship nothing but worships everything’ which swings in at the start of Signor Eco’s book. Because here you really do have to sell your soul to Mammon to get even a foothold. The wild supposition is that you are alone, fixed and fixated and that the world is your tool and, actually, God or no God - that’s something I just don’t buy.
I’ll watch the film, though.
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.
"Not worth wasting 18 hours on"
I cannot understand the high reviews this got - on Amazon - awful manipulative characters, awful story! I do not think that I have ever read such a dreadful nasty tale.
"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.
"Slow start but soon picked up"
I am glad I stuck with it. It contained unexpected twists and turns. The review requires 20 words minimum.
"Good quality book"
I recommend this book as it keeps you wanting more! I used it during long drives which kept me entertained!
"Unsatisfying ending, no likeable characters."
Not worth the hype.
I found this hard work to get through, I didn't care about Nick or Amy, but even though I didn't empathise with either of the main characters I felt disappointed at the mundane ending. Very frustrating.
If this book were only 7 hours not 14 I might have felt differently, a faster pace may have helped, but there was little suspense, irritating 'flaws' in the story and no one to root for.
One to delete and never revisit.
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