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)
Loved the suspense created by the author, but I found her to be a little unnecessarily verbose at times in her description of details.
Also, if she had a purpose in ending the book the way she has, it does not convey itself ŵell at all. The ending seemed incomplete and as a result left me feeling bewildered and wondering what she intended her readers to infer from it.
Other than that, the book keeps us hooked into the psyches and motivations of the characters. Basically, by seeing how Nick's background and childhood is and due to it, whether he's actually capable of doing what he's being accused of.
Once the truth is revealed, Amy's psyche keeps us interested in the way she is portrayed by the author. All in all it is an interesting portrayal of the mind of a sociopath, and exactly how they are able to reason out their actions with such a remorseless attitude.
Good easy story. Great twists, but didn't like the ending at all. Only con to narration was when they did opposite gender voices they were a little exaggerated. Other than that it was well done!
I'm not young enough to know everything
Sociopathic manipulation & destruction
The mystery and tension was incredible. It's been a long time a twist or turn actually suprised me, Gone Girl did just that. Nothing is what it appears to be. What really excited me about Gone Girl was taking the mask off a sociopath and showing the damage they can do, the lengths they will go to, to win, the other people they use to abuse their target for them.
1 in 25 people is believed to be a sociopath, It's not an illness, it can't be cured. People who have this personality disorder don't have a conscious or empathy. Gone Girl illustrates in great detail the subtle and insidious ways sociopaths impact our lives for their own entertainment, pleasure or gain.
They really were able to emote some very subtle stuff. They did an amazing job.
Some books are only covers
There were some great ideas in the book - the death of print, guilt by media, as well as some very meta pop culture references. I just wish the story had a little more time to build its resolution.
It built up to the big reveal and did nothing with it. The pacing of the last third of the book was very slow, and the resolution seemed very rushed.
When the narrators would perform voices of the opposite sex, it was very distracting. They almost seemed more like mock voices rather than performances. To me, it pulled away from the story. Had the male narrator stuck to male voices and the female stuck to the females, I think I would have enjoyed the book slightly better.
Disappointment. The first two thirds of the book laid out a very concrete story, but the last third seemed very condensed and rushed.
I love books that keep me pondering on them well after I've finished. This will be one of those books. Between the crazy plot and f'ed up characters, I'll be thinking on this one for a while.
great stories that can change your world!
Yes, be ready for dirty and nasty tricks. True love to the blind.
Haven't come across it yet.
Keeps you on the edge.
I would recommend this audiobook to a person who is looking for something to listen to while commuting to work or on a long road trip because it is easy to follow the plot. That is, you don't have to listen closely like you do with, say, a LeCarre novel.
The first-person narrative/diary format is well-suited to the plot action.
Too youthful sounding.
After the "big reveal" the plot seems overly contrived. And it was hard for me to believe that the wife could have fooled everyone so completely, but that was the premise, take it or leave it.
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