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
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!
Addicted to Audible.
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.
Probably not. This was a book recommended by a friend so I forced myself to listen to at least the first 8 chapters.
Winds of War. Already bought and downloaded it and looking forward it.
Slightly over done.
I was addicted to this book, such a great story line, so many twists... as soon as you think you know whats happening it does a 180. I loved it. Highly recommended! GET THIS BOOK!
"Brilliant performance but overhyped book"
Probably not by the same author, but would consider readings by these narrators who brought the characters to life
Probably not- disappointing overall
This book had had huge publicity and has a good concept but is overworked and loses credibility.
"I liked it but a frustrating ending"
in the top 10
I think Go is my favourite character mainly because the central characters evoke such strong emotions in the listener whereas she seems fairly stable and normal in comparison
When you find out who is the person that keeps ringing the other phone
Yes as I wanted to find out what was going on and this book has more twists and turns than a twisty turney thing
"Good story but hard work"
It took a long time to finish this story - I had to start over a few times.
I found it interesting but hard work
"Brilliant! Pleasantly suprised!"
Really loved this book, great narration and story and really gripping stuff! I do love a story with a twist!
"Good read, when it got going"
It's in the top 10. Not the best book in my library but far from the worst.
The detail and planning put into Amy's character.
The relationship between Nick and Go was well written
Great story, when it got going, but the end left me a little underwhelmed.
"Slow to start but excellent story"
A well executed and component novel, with a pleasing noir feel; this book is certainly worth it.
"What a twist!?"
My favourite character is Margo, she stands by him and has great intuition.
I've not listened to a book with 2 characters before. Julian and Kirby really fit my idea of the characters. They are brilliant.
The book is brilliant it has you sold on one conclusion, until 1/2 way through it just spins it on its head. the end makes you question what you would do in that situation and also how little you can know someone whom you think you love.
"Not as good as the hype indicated"
It was a boring beginning
and a disappointing end
I tried to read the book myself but kept giving up it was made more interesting having someone else read it
"Disappointed beyond belief!"
I'll start on a positive, the great narration captured the characters brilliantly & had me feeling knowing of them & if it wasn't for this I would 100% binned this overrated book very promptly!
Good story idea can imagine the film will be good as it would be impossible to drag on as laboriously as this book does!
I can only imagine the publisher wanted a doorstop for a big heavy door & forced the author to a ridiculous page count that killed this book as a good read/listen....
If I didn't drive for a living therefore not wasting my personal time & always finishing a book I would feel robbed of my own time.....HATED IT!
"Wow... Remind me never to get into a relationship"
The narrative is engaging, fast paced and scary in equal measures. Nick and Amy are in many ways as bad as each other. Wonder what he sequel would or could be..?!
First audiobook listen and I'm hooked.
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