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)
I enjoyed the story and the intensity of the plot.
I enjoyed both narrators immensely.
Loved listening to the story from both lead character's perspective.
I recently watched the movie and was not disappointed. It did a good job of following the book.
Lots of twists and turns which are a big plus for me. Third book by this author and it won't be my last.
It's too long, but is an interesting book.
The performers were good. It had plenty of tricky plots.
They make it more interesting than it would be if I read it.
When I found out she had set up her disappearance.
Interesting book, but much of it could've been eliminated. I didn't like the Amy character. She was strange from the very beginning of the book. At times, I forwarded through the chapters that she was in because she was annoying.
Narrated by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne, this book has won several awards and is now a Movie and of course this audiobook.
I will admit I am late to the table with my reading of this book but it was well worth the 19 hours. Nick and Amy are celebrating their five year anniversary. Amy always plans a treasure hunt with riddles that have to do with important events that she remembers from the previous year. Nick, never does well at these hunts because men and women are different and what is monumentally important to one doesn't even register to the other.
This year Amy disappears. A struggle at their home and she is gone. Nick looks for her as the police look at him. This Mystery worries Nick. Where could Amy be? The twists and turns in this book are Hitchcockesque. And the narrators voice Nick and Amy brilliantly. Listen to this audiobook and hear what everyone else is talking about.
New York Times Janet Maslin’s 10 Favorite Books of 2012
Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainer of the Year
People Magazine Best books of the year
Edgar Award nominee for Best Novel
Amazon and Barnes & Noble Best of the Year
Macavity Award nominee for Best Mystery Novel
Anthony Award nominee for Best Novel
The Women's Prize nominee for Fiction
Strand Critics Award nominee.
if it had never been written
i will never buy any thing else from this author
it was the book not the performances
after the first 20 mins i wanted to turn it off.. but kept thinking it has to get better.... no !!! i think the author is as crazy and disturbed as her story is !!! i will not watch the movie and wonder who in their right mind wanted to make it a movie.
PLOT: DIRTY depressing funny......thriller 5 STAR all the way.
you have to acquire a taste for Gillian Flynn. She takes depressing and warped and makes it funny and entertaining and toss in an excellent mystery and you are addicted. Nick and Amy Dunne are celebrating a 5th Anniversary when Amy "disappears" and all clues point to a killing and missing body. AS the "perfect marriage" unwinds bit by bit we see it is anything but a "happy" one. ** SPOILER HERE DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW MORE OF THE PLOT** Nick is not the "good husband" everyone thinks he is. The huge cash advances on the credit cards, phone records show a "mystery lover"....blood DNA from Amy has everyone looking in Nick's direction....But Amy is not the "dream wife" ...she has decided Nick has to 'pay' for cheating on her and falling OUT of love with her. Amy clearly has 'major mental issues' but is both methodical enough to come up with a clever PLAN and carry it out. This is excellent. Every character is flawed. it is simply a matter of how the flaws become part of the plot. DEPRESSING yes but the fascination characters and twists keep us glued. 5 STARS all the way. The READERS all are excellent...truly the BEST audible has to offer......and I am off to dowload the next Gillian Flynn audiobook.
Interesting twists with disappointing ending. No payoff.
I don't understand the fuss & great reviews? No more Flynn for me.
Readers read what the writers write. Poor conclusion.
Made one mistake, Won't make another watching it.
Again, awful, disappointing & unsatisfactory anti climax.
I only listen to audio books because I don't have time to read like I would like. The voice of the reader has to sound comfortable and believable...
This Book make you think about who you really are and who you come off being...
I don't think I have hear them before but they were believable as the characters...
When you discover the twist in the story just when you think you know how it is going...
Made me think ~ if being the cool girlfriend or boyfriend is not someone you want to be all of the time. Don't pretend be yourself!!!
My mind is linear, without patience. Who studies the history of yellow? I love a story & wonder who ate the first tomato. I bet it was my
Don't look at me! Impossible to do! So is putting this down.
The missing wife.
Does anger count? Disbelief? Shock? Arousal?
Do not look at this book! (Unless you have time).
No, the suspense is gone.
Given Amazing Amy what she deserved.
Not sure who was who?
Laughed and was shocked throughout. No crying.
Fantastic book and very glad I listened, no desire to see the movie though. I guess not everyone needs the happy ending.
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