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)
Story had the potential to be interesting and almost got there a few times but really never got there for me. Especially as it was such a long story I expected more. Performances however were top notch.
Readers were very good and the story flowed nice. The first have was better than the second half. I feel the end of the book was a let down as I feel the reader was not given a real solution to the problem.
Just a thrilling ride
I have read that producers are thinking of changing the ending in the movie. That would be wise as the end of this most thrilling ride will leave wondering "What????"
If I don't answer your call its because I'm totally in love with this audiobook!
I've already recommended this book to so many of my friends! The way the book is split up from one narrator to the other is in and of itself amazing but the story just keeps you engaged the entire time, draws you in!!! My ears were glued I couldn't pause or stop for anything!!!
Nora Roberts The Witness (also a Julia Whelan narration!!!!
I love Julia Whelan and have even on occasion searched for books based off her a a narrator rather than the story! She portrays the characters she reads so incredible well! And Kirby Heyborne was new to me but I enjoyed him a lot too!!!
By definition: Riveting!!!!!
Seriously if you are thinking about getting this book hesitate no longer! You won't be disappointed!!!
Not sure I have read this genre enough to compare. A good read if you like mysteries and tales of life how they are truly lived.
Learning how she did it all, planned every small detail.
I couldn't stop, yes! It was a great listen and I think I finished it in a week.
My favorite novel!
The unforeseen twists and turns.
They brought the characters AND the story to life in a way I've never experienced in an audiobook. So much so, that I couldn't "read" the hard copy I bought (to quell my desperate need to continue the story when I couldn't listen)! It just wasn't the same...not even CLOSE.
This has been one of my favorite reads. The twists and turns in this novel are jaw-dropping.
Listen on people!
Close to end......and I am thinking "WILL THIS EVER END?"....Seems to just drag on & on.
I do not get the high reviews. At this point in the book, I don't care who killed her or if she's still alive!
I would only recommend this book to someone that likes to be emotionally thrown around with a story.
I honestly didn't like this story, but I couldn't quit listening.
yes. I didn't laugh or cry, but I was highly irritated with how this book ended, Only listen to this if you don't mind a story that ends unexpectedly.
I wanted to turn this off, but I was morbidly fascinated. Sort of like how people rubberneck when you pass a car wreck on the interstate. You don't want to look but you are compelled to. It was awful. I could only say "wow" when it was over and quickly downloaded a light funny series to take my mind of the horror that was "Gone Girl".
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