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)
It was an exciting psychological thriller.
The end was disappointing, otherwise I would give this 5 stars.
A smile is the sexiest curve on your body!
At first I was drawn in- of course things are never as they seem... especially Amy! I found myself puzzling over the "Anniversary Clues" during times I should have been concentrating on things of much more importance. Gone Girl draws you in- makes you sad, empathetic, and astonished. Great book- a must read!
This book was so funny! I honestly hadn't seen the reviews, just bought it because I tend to like longer books (seems like I get more for my money that way). The story moved along quickly, had lots of twists and surprises down to the end.
I haven't heard either narrator before. I thought that both were great...at first, I thought the whiny voice of Amy very irritating, until I later realized why she sounded how she did. This was one of the best audiobooks I've listened to, both for the entertainment value and the narration.
The story seems rather confusing at times (purposely), and it's difficult to figure out what is really going on until one is well into the story. A nice surprise, considering how in most novels the reader or listener can, for the most part, figure out what's going on and the probable ending 1/4 into the book. This one keeps you guessing the whole time! Hopefully the movie will be as good.
No because I can retain the awesomeness the first go round.
It's real life. Dumb, stupid man story with a delicious twisted twist. Love it!
Kirby's part didn't mesh with dynamic nature of Nick - his voice was not as manly as I would've liked. Julia's part was dead on with how I'd envision Amy to sound.
I can relate to ALL of this. This is priceless, true, riveting. All too common social tragedy run a muck.
Yes, it is a deep story that keeps your interest.
While there were some things that felt like they were predictable, there were things that also kept you surprised, and unsure what would happen next.
No I have not.
Where is Amazing Amy?
This book is awesome. There are twists and turns, and just when you think you have it figured out, everything changes. What great writing. Gillian Flynn leads you exactly where she wants you to go and you will love every second of it. Outside of the mystery, there are some great discussions of views on relationships, men and women that I really enjoyed. Julia Whelan's performance is amazing. She's one of my favorite narrators. I can't rate this highly enough. I have no idea how the movie will be able to stand up to this performance.
I haven't read the print version, but I imagine the audio version is not better. Some of the conversations weren't delivered as well as they could have been and some of the voices for side characters were not well done.
The plot is great at the beginning, then starts to slow towards the middle, but then it is a great roller coaster ride in the last half.
I like how each portrayed Nick and Amy, but I didn't much like how they performed the other characters.
Gone Girl...but where did she go?
What a great book! My 4th book on audible and I loved it. It was narrated brilliantly. The voice of Amy was stellar! The 1st part of the book did start out a little slow, but not slow enough for me to lose attention. I had a feeling something was off with Amy Dunn, but had no idea what was in store. It is hard to write this review without spoiling, so lets just say that I thought that thoughout Part 2, I found myself thinking, hooray! karma is a bitch! I loved how this married couple really "knew" eachother. Very key in this story. I would have given the story 5 stars, but I did not like the very last chapter and ending. Can not wait for the movie to come out now!!
reads like a story written by a spouse's whos had her feelings hurt. I do wonder what is going to happen, but I just can't bear the tone of this the writing any more
Moral of the story, don't mess with the crazy girl.
Loved Amy even though she was crazy.
The male and female narrators made the book come to life, reading it from print just wouldn't give the same drama.
I've listened to it twice already and am hoping there will be a sequel.
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