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
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Great read with lots of twists and turns. Unpredictable and original plot. Strong characters, good narration.
Only to a friend who a) really liked drawn out mystery/thrillers; b) needed an audio book that lasted a long time - ie someone who was travelling a long distance/time; c) had a lot of patience and d) is very open-minded about sexual dysphemisms.This is because this story, although filled with murderous and ghoulish twists and turns, moves remarkably slowly - and this is different from your average thriller book. There is a lot of backstory in it, which is interesting and to some extent useful, but it seriously interrupts the flow of the front story.Amy, the female protagonist is a particularly nasty woman with a sweet affect and a pitch black soul. Her various sexual images is disturbing and, was for me, unpleasant.
Amy's plot(s) were ingenious. Amy's back story was almost irrelevant.
The interview that Nick does with Rebecca in the pub.
Not without a lot of editing and shortening of the story. I don't think it has enough to carry a TV series, other than a 2 or 3 parter that tells the story in some detail.I am not very au fait with current stars, so am not able to comment on who would be good currently. From yesteryear - I think Amy was almost written for Joan Crawford and the hapless Nick could be played by James Stewart or Kevin Spacey.
The essence of this story is excellent. The twists and turns were not easily predicted, usually, and there were a lot of them. My difficulty was that it went on and on, and much of what was told did not take the actual tale any further forward. It was a lot of reflecting by one unreliable character about the other, equally, unreliable character. The opinion of one of them about the other was not often helpful.
The format, of Nick and Amy speaking in the first person was very good. Neither of them are reliable narrators, both of them lying frequently but undetectably.The readers were very good. They brought the characters to life vividly.If you have a long time to fill in, or simply enjoy an almost neverending story - then this would be an excellent choice.
Moving further from work extended my daily commute... thank God for Audible.
As a general rule, I avoid anything that implies “dark” or “sinister” in the synopsis – it’s just not my preferred style. I only purchased this novel to see what all the fuss was about.
19h and 17min later – I understand the fuss – this is the best book I have ever read. I literally had to drag myself away from the headphones each afternoon.
To ensure I reveal not even a clue of the clever and flawless narrative, I’m going to avoid any discussion of plot.
The pacing and quality of the writing is spot-on. The performances of the two narrators are excellent, and brought the perfectly formed characters to life – I really feel like I know Nick and Amy, which is simultaneously thrilling and distributing.
Enough said. Read this book before the David Fincher film adaptation is released in 2015, and it becomes an even bigger deal than it already is.
Yes, excellent narrators.
Good start, flat middle, and gripping, but unpleasant ending.
The early days
Yes, a real 'page turner'.
Unpleasant characters all. Nasty little plot. Wish I hadn't got seriously sucked into caring about these people.
I loved the way the book was structured, not only shifting back and forth between narrators but back and forth in time as well.
The narrators did a great job. They enhanced the content, you always knew exactly who was talking. I've listened to some bad performances recently, so I absolutely appreciated the lack of effort I had to put into concentrating.
I also liked that the ending is not your typical everyone lives happily ever after and it's kind of up in the air.
I think Amy was brilliant. Seemed kind of flat at first, but that was part of her unpredictable character, wasn't it?
Would definitely recommend. It's a refreshingly different read!
After a promising start the book lost it's grip in parts. The central plot was good but wish more attention was paid to the planning which makes the plot thicker
Articulate, persuasive, cogent
Disappointment - not about the plot but about the lack of authenticity in a relationship
I loved the twists and turns in the story line!
I did not love the loooong pauses between lines?
Maybe...not too sure?
I liked Kirby's performance, but I found Julia's to be too drawn out for some reason and she did not connect with the character for me?
Yes...until I got to the end, but now that I know the ending I don't think I would!
LOVED Gone Girl and recommended it to six others to read.
I haven't experienced a book like this before with so many plots and twists.
Brilliant book. Well thought of, well written and well read.
Mainly the story. Very dull but in a nervy kind of way. Akin to listing to strangers having a heated argument over something inconsequential.
The Golem and the Jinni
I found them grating but I think that was more to do with what they we're reading rather than the performance
This is a long story but don't let that put you off listening. Just when you think it can't take anymore twists or turns.. It does. It is clever. I wanted to keep listening even though I had other things to do.
It is narrated by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne and they enhanced the suspense in their portrayal of the leading characters.
I can thoroughly recommend it for those who enjoy devious psychological thrillers.
"19 hours of my life I will never get back ..."
A really slow start but it did warm up and started to get quite interesting wiith clever plot and complex characters .....but the lazy ending spoilt the whole experience .....I felt cheated. Missed opportunity ..... could've been so much better!
What a brilliant story! When I bought the book I thought how huge it is and how tiny its words are. I thought I'd never make it to the end of it, but here I am finally feeling victorious over this mammoth of a book.
It's amazing how you can build a perception of the characters and think you know them, and then the bomb drops and you struggle to get your head together. What a twist and so early on in the book! I thought it would be difficult for the author to keep me hooked for the rest of the story because the twist came so early on, but then the story continues and so does my reading!
Brilliantly crafted and definitely adding more of Gillian Flynn's books to my reading list!
"Compelling but not sure about the ending"
Very enjoyable listen. Story was very compelling, even having already seen the movie. found the ending a little hard to swallow though. Just not quite plausible enough.
"Disappointing and too long!"
I came to Gone Girl after the movie, after the hype, so perhaps inevitably I was underwhelmed - I really did struggle to finish this audio book! I found the narrative pace very slow, so listening to it was rather draining. Also, the characters were unlikeable, very unconvincing and by the end I really didn't care what happened! Which is good, as when it finally came, I also found the ending totally unrewarding! The narrators were good though!
totally gripping story, gpt through it in a couple days (at 1.75x speed) though Amy's narrator's "Nick" impression was a bit annoying.
"Thank God it's gone!"
I did not like this book. Yes, the plot was clever. Yes, there were twists and turns. I like that in a book. It wasn't enough. I think it was made worse by listening to it with, what were to me, irritating voices of irritating, unlikeable characters. Perhaps if I had read it and not listened to it, I would have liked it more. Reading such powerful strong language and graphic sexual detail is softer than having to listen to it delivered with due gusto and force. I can't think of one character that I actually liked or respected. I never give up on a book and admit I did want to find out what happened but when there were still five whole hours left to endure, I switched to reading the rest so I could get it done more quickly. As suspected and rumoured, the end didn't fail to disappoint! But at least it is gone now! I returned it.
"Terrific listen with great dramatic devices"
I wasn't confident that this book would live up to its many great reviews. The first 20 minutes or so made me fearful that I had indeed wasted a credit. However if you find that first section a little heavy going and dreary, hang on in there because it gets better, much better!
The author uses some great techniques by recounting the story of one of the characters without letting you know what else is happening with other characters. This leads to an interesting reveal experience which retained my interest. There was clearly a huge amount of thought and detailed planning gone into the development of the storyline which meant lots of material for me, as a listener, to consider and (try to) work out where the whole story was going. If you like psychological gaming between characters you'll love this aspect too.
I didn't find either of the main characters likeable so I didn't buy into supporting one side or the other. Usually I find the most enjoyable books are those where I empathise with a main character so it surprised me also that I found this such a good listen.
I enjoyed this book so much that I've bought Gillian's latest novel off the back of it!
Absolutely - it's a well-paced and really interesting book, and the readers of the audiobook were both remarkably good. I loved all the twists and turns that it took, and the commentary on marriage and the trap of suburbia.
Just extraordinary …… keeps you guessing all the time. Wickedness personified. Loved and hated it all.
"Yep, it's good."
It's one of those rare books that totally deserved the hype. The characters are psychologically complex, the plot is deep and dense yet easily navigable, continuously tense, even after the twist is delivered. Just all round good.
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