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.
Really good edge of seat story until the end which was disappointing worth reading though
"I can't decide if I liked it"
It was compelling listening but it's hard to really enjoy a book with no likeable characters.
"What a Marathon"
I think if I had not been visiting my husband in hospital with a 3 hour round trip for 5 days, I would have given up on this book. However, I am glad I did not. It made my journey's in the car just fly by and I even got back into the car dying to carry on with the book. A well read tale of phscological torture. Both readers were good and believable. Good twist at the end too.
"poor narrator to a good story"
Narrators voice was not good. Lacked enthusiasm and flow, almost machine like. I didn't make the end.
Great story so many twists and turns you think you know what is going to happen next and there is another very unexpected twist that keeps you not knowing the outcome right to the last sentence, very glad I found this book
"Insight into female mind, even if not typical"
I was fascinated by insight into the female mind even though the female is hardly what you would call typical. Clever plot with its twists and turns
"will need to be more careful of my wife"
a frightening way of leaving your husband. brings new meaning to the words sociopath and "psychobitch". looking forward to seeing the film interpretation!
"Not quite the full package"
This was a strange one. I thought the writing, the pinpoint observational black humour and asides, was on point. The characters more or less hit the spot in terms of credibility. But why don't I love it? There was something just too banal and corny about the second half. The "big reveal" had already been so telegraphed; this was hardly Agatha Christie. The sharp and thoughtful prose just got lost in the silly inevitability of it all. The ending genuinely came as no twist. Enjoyable but not quite the complete article.
"hated the male narrator"
the voice of the male narrator really grated on me! found it easier to hear the further through I got.
I enjoyed this book it has a ending that I did not expect. Would recommend
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