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
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.
Say something about yourself!
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
I can't mention the slight flaw in the story without spoiling it, so I won't. It was also unnecessarily too long, but the story line was OK.
"More than expected. Much more than a girls diary"
This want the girls guide to diary writing I thought was. As a male sci-fi fantasy fan, I enjoyed this very much. Loved the mid point change of pace and found myself eager to find out what happened. The performance was superb, Julia does a pretty hot job!!
"Spending time in the company of awful people"
The major problem I had with this book is that the two central characters are so deeply unpleasant. They are self absorbed, self pitying, mean and selfish. Most of the surrounding cast of characters are also rather repellent. All this makes it incredibly difficult to engage with the story as its so hard to generate any sympathy or interest in the lives of these people. The plot is rather predictable, I think there are supposed to be some twists but you can see them coming a mile away.
"Not what I expected"
I must admit struggling to get into it initially but pleased I made the effort . It became more fascinating as the story evolved. Well written and very clever.
Really excellent story, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book. The downside for me was in the actual recording - although the narrators were brilliant the recording had loads of 'gaps' in weird places which made me think that the book had stopped or something had gone wrong.
"Good Literary Foreplay but sadly no Climax"
Enjoyed it a lot. Cleverly constructed and well read. Only 4 stars overall as just thought that towards the end, a bit like Amazing Amy, it didn't really reach a climax.
"True chiller; concerningly disturbing"
Took me a while to get into the book but once I got going, I couldn't stop.
i was hoping for a different ending but then mine wouldn't allow for a sequel. I hope that a sequel is in the pipeline.
Great vocal performances
I enjoyed every minute of this book. The story was brilliant and there were so many twists and turns that I kept having to reconsider my views of the brilliantly crafted characters. The attention to detail and brilliant descriptions of two very complex characters made the book come to life for me and I could imagine every scene as if it were being played out in my head. The narration was fantastic and made the story even more lifelike.
I have never wished for long car journeys more (I listen to audio books whilst driving) and often continued listening to the audiobook before I went to sleep as I so wanted to know what happened next.
Now I've finished it, I feel quite bereft - I want to know what happens 5 years down the line... was the complex conundrum ever unravelled?
"clever story line"
loved it. couldn't put it down. good narrative easy listening kept me wanting to hear more
"Amazingly enjoyed this book"
Even though I watched the movie before hand I found it so much different, so much more detail and emphasis in the plot to ensure your engaged 100% I would recommend this book to anyone!
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