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
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!
There were several moments of astonishment at the turns in the tale. The story is a twisted tale of entrapment and will keep you guessing to the end, although I could have hoped for a better or at least more satisfying ending.
Although the story is quite well written and hard to put down I found the concept quite disturbing. Not a horror story but a horror that could be reality with the right blend of circumstances. The characters were well presented, believable and made me uneasy.
The narration was excellent.
Not sure at the start but then just grabs you. It twist each time you think you have it worked out. Want to listen to it again to pick up the things I missed
Reading is one of my great loves, but as a busy mum to 4, I seldom have the time to sit down with a good book. Audible changed that for me.
When I was halfway through this book, I was scrolling through facebook and one of my friends had posted the quote: "I want someone who says I love you every night and proves it every day." I nearly asked them if they were reading this book, because this story has made me look at that quote in a totally different way!
Gone Girl is brilliantly written. I found the first half start to get a bit tedious towards the end, but had read reviews to persevere past the halfway point, so I did. The story changes tack completely at halfway, and then you won't be able to put it down.
Though many have complained about the ending, I loved it. It is the perfect ending for the disturbing, but exciting thrill of a ride while living in Nick and Amy's world. It's a psychological thriller, that's for sure!
Compelling, twisting, dark
So many unexpected turns
They really brought the characters to life
End of Part One
Highly recommend it
This is the second book I have listened to narrated by Julia Whelan and again she didn't disappoint, neither did Kirby Heyborne. Both did a fantastic job with their respective characters. The story itself was extremely unbelievable and twisted, but that's what made it such a good read. I love all the twists and turns, it kept you guessing every step of the way, especially at the very end.
I do realise that Amy's voice was meant to sound perky at times, but really, listeners are not 8 year olds that need bedtime-story narration with lots of modulation and emotion. It honestly hurt my ears. It is a book for adults please read it like adults. Both characters were in their late 30s but sounded like 16 year olds.
For story yes.
The suspense and the fact that initially it was difficult to determine which one was lying.
When you realise that he is the good guy
I would have preferred a better ending
"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.
"Sad, disturbing and scary"
Some of the characters are so annoying (Andie in particular) that one would like to tell them to get a grip. Andie is very young, granted and many of us were not particularly bright at 23, but really???? She is so selfish, that is almost unreal. "I just want to be with you, no matter that it looks bad for you. True love." She is the younger, less dangerous version of Amy. Nick is mad and a coward, his redeeming quality is that he sacrifices himself after all for the sake of his unborn child. Amy is scary. Genuinly scary. She is proud that her mother could not have another baby. She wants to be the centre of the Univers and when she discovers that she is not, she is set on revenge. Totally brainwashes her husband. On the other hand, if you take out the sociopath element, the book addresses some good questions about relationships. How much are we pretending? Why do people cheat? Expectations, wishes, issues every couple might face. Hopefully not on the same level. Not dealt with in the same manner. I liked Margo...but I still fear for Nick's life. Especially after Amy's last words.
"Gripping, nail bitingly brilliant. Wet ending tho"
Great all the way but I wanted more than the ending delivered. 8 wanted something more dramatic after all the build up
I enjoyed the story, it was easy to get into it, I liked the twists of the story line, but the ending is awful.
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