Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times best seller Gillian Flynn, takes that statement to its darkest place in this unpausable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work "draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction." Gone Girl's toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife's head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.
Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn't do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.
©2012 Gillian Flynn (P)2012 Random House Audio
"Flynn masterfully lets this tale of a marriage gone toxically wrong gradually emerge through alternating accounts by Nick and Amy, both unreliable narrators in their own ways. The reader comes to discover their layers of deceit through a process similar to that at work in the imploding relationship. Compulsively readable, creepily unforgettable, this is a must read for any fan of bad girls and good writing." (Publishers Weekly)
The characters Amy & Nick are so well written & constructed that the reader (listener) could swear they actually exist in situ. Here is the arc of a fairy tale marriage which comes apart not at the seams but with the rips & tears of well-aimed punches & reluctant counterpunches. Original & unforgettable, it asks how well can we really know another & offers up a most brutal answer.
The narration was fine.
The movie was a far cry from the details of the book but I suppose that is i ally the case. However, something was missing, there is an ending of course but I feel like it leaves you hanging.
I'd give it a 4.5 star review if it were an option. Each chapter definitely leaves you wanting more.
the differing voices for Amy and Nick/female and male speaker
Julia Whelan - Amy!
The ending! the book is way more impressive than the movie...also the part where she explains that she'd actually kill herself!
It hit the right suspenseful break points in switching from Nick to Amy. It believably used the recession as a fabric of the story. When making a small social point about wife's or husband's actions in society, and social perceptions right or wrong, the work let us see the larger ripple or darker shadow in framing the event.
I enjoyed four characters a great deal: policewoman Rhonda Boney, Nick Dunne, Amy Elliott Dunne, and Nick's sister Go (Margo). If I had to pick, I would first consider Nick, a flawed man who knows he is flawed, but not the monster the public perceives. Yet Amy in her journal has such an overpowering sense of romance at times, that realistically or unrealistically, it was difficult not to be swept away at times.
They did their character voices superbly as well as those voices speaking to their character. Julia could make Amy believable in a romantic rapture or in a cynical clinical recounting. Kirby made it easy to believe Nick as a writer, with Nick's humor and attention to language. Kirby also elicited Nick's range, from grounded caring to scared-for-his-life, frustrated, angry, feeling crucified, wanting release, feeling disgusted with himself or others.
Nick's recounting of the couple's move to Missouri, nearer to his ill mother, after the recession in New York had already impacted his marriage.
It's difficult for me to imagine anyone reading this book without pausing several times to compare to his or her own life experiences.
The ending sucked, left u hanging and waiting to hear what happened to them. Does she ever get caught, do they end up happy, what happens to the baby. I mean left so unanswered questions. Good overall
I found the beginning hard to get into but I listened on and the story finally started to get capital G good, but the end was super disappointing. I know it had to end some how but really? I still want to see the movie only because I was told the end is different. it is a good filled book but not as good I hoped.
It's funny for me to say , but I found myself rooting for the psycho. Glad it made its way back the way I hoped it would. Crazy got away with it
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