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)
So many twists and turns. It is a very good book. You want to keep listening and never stop until you've reached the end. It made me want to read more by Gillian Flynn
Suspenseful but disappointing
The most disappointing part of “Gone Girl” was the ending! It was like all this time was taken in creating this story that I was sucked into and then the publisher said, “You’re out of time and we need the book done tomorrow” and Flynn just wrote the last two chapters in 5 minutes and disregarded everything else in the book! I would have loved if the characters went to court or someone was murdered. It feels like a real cop out.
My first reaction was to have Nick just die and get his @$$ handed to him. Then I just wanted Amy to die a horrible death. Then the ending gave me the most emotional reaction – pissed.
All in all, I loved this book. I heart was pumping the entire time! But when it came to the last couple chapters I wanted to punch someone. It is worth reading but be prepared to be disappointed
Not unless I was forced to
Really, I hated this book. it was very slow, unsatisfying and completely ridiculous, Its everything I hate about people wrapped up into one. I guess it gets points for being polarizing?
The narrator's would have been so much better if they didn't have to read this crap
I genuinely can not think of one
I am a grandmother of 9 and I love to read, and knit. And I listen to my audible books every night. They are my new passion.
It was okay but I really do not see what all the hype was about. It felt unfinished too, like it was held open to a sequel.
No....The ending was just so disappointing....The book was a really fun roller coaster.. but the ending was entirely unsatisfying and therefore an experience that I would avoid reliving.
yes, the story was that good. But the book is long. Takes a long time for the entire story to develop and unfold
loved the twists and turns, and the dual voiced narration
I don't want to give anything away! It was so satisfying as a novel!
I think the voices fit the characters perfectly and I enjoyed how they changed voices for every character.
I would put this one in the top 3 - story is good and this story lends itself particularly well to narration.
I guess the one thing I didn't like, were the consistent STUPID moves by one of the main characters... it's the only thing that itched. He did not come off to me as being as stupid as some of the moves he made.
The story kept me on the edge throughout. I literally held my breath during the last 6 chapters. The narrators where wonderful. I will look into other books that Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne narrated because they brought the characters to life.
I wish I could compare it to something else, but I can't, only because every time I thought I knew which way this was going to go, it went in another direction. Brillant Gillian, or should I say Amazing.
I enjoyed Julia Whelan more because she took on more characters and personalities. They both brought the characters to life.
Gone Girl. Perched to be one of Hollywoods Classic Film Noirs.
Gillian Flynn has become one of my favorite authors. I can't wait to read her other books.
The characters in this novel are terrible. At one end of the spectrum the are imbued with characteristics common to today's adults (Gen X though mostly Gen Y), while at the other they are complete and utter morons of proportions that normally one would attribute to children pretending to be adults.
The only character that is consistent is Amy and everyone else lacks any moral compass or guiding principle and forgets what they are/should be doing when they are not in the scene.
So the easiest improvement would be to construct characters that are capable of surviving in the world.
That it got published, became popular and was made into a movie.
There is nothing unique about the story, and by that I don't mean it is plagiarized, rather that it is including elements from other (better?) stories to make a whole that's ... stupidly predictable. Yes it has twists and turns, but mostly you see them coming a mile away, and when they aren't obvious it's probably due to attributing more creativity to Flynn (of who I had not experienced any prior works as far as I know).
Julia Whelan's performance is okay. It doesn't stand out as great but definitely is not bad. Kirby Heyborne on the other hand is dreadful, and I do say that aware that his performance is very closely tied with Nick's character, which casts him in a bad light. Still I don't feel that it's just the character, in that he speaks too slowly and i was considering tweaking the playback speed.
Disappointment. After being such a publicized movie that garners so much positive feedback (reviewers and friends) I expected something to be in the source material that made it ... good.
Watch the movie, it's over much quicker than this book (which might thus move fast enough that you don't see everything coming). Except the ending, that was a massive surprise and made me more angry about the characters again.
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