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 definitely recommend the audio version of Gone Girl. There's a certain intonation that comes from this audiobook that I think really helped set the tone of each chapter.
I can't imagine loving this book so much had it not been for the excellent narration by Julia Whelan. She's not narrating the Amy sections, she becomes Amy. I Didn't care much for Kirby Heyborne's over enunciation of words though.
It started a bit slow but once it got going, it was real hard to stop listening.
High! Was very well written and performed.
All of it but the ending! It built such suspense but it left me somewhat hanging.
"Did he, or didn't he?"
The book has a great hook in the beginning but seems like the author had a hard time keeping the same energy throughout the book.
The ending...Nick just gives up or so it seems with a small window opening that he may fight fire fire. There were several points towards the end the book could've ended to set up for a sequel but I guess that depends on the authors future plans to continue the story or end it. Overall it seems the author got tired of writing and was ready to end it already.
They were good...although maybe have a man do all the male voices instead a female trying to hard to represent a male role.
Yes. Ewan McGregor for sure...
When you begin the second half of the book, be prepared to have your perceptions shaken to the core.
This book is a perfect companion to "The Sociopath Next Door" by Martha Stout because one of the characters (I won't spoil who), could have been ripped from the pages of her clinical case studies! This is a brilliant piece of fiction made all the more terrifying for its realism.
The big twist and the ending! (No spoilers here.) Although many people didn't like the ending, I thought it fit perfectly for what the characters would do and how they would act. Loved it!
No, but I only had one dislike. Kirby Heyborne reads soooo slooowly. Phew! It was never to the point of annoyance but it didn't take long for me to realize why this audio book is 19+ hours.
Absolutely loved this book. As my headline states, I wish I could read it again without knowing anything. I may listen to it again anyway, because it would actually be fun knowing the secrets and twists and turns.
The whole story. I started reading this book (paperback) and just couldn't get into it. It seemed to DRAG on. Then I saw it in audio format and decided to try again that way. Still very disappointed. I'm shocked that this book has done so well and that they are making a movie of it. I kept telling myself it would get better, the story will get interesting, the ending will make it all worthwhile. Wrong! The only feeling I got out of this story was frustration and disappointment. Not how I want to feel through the whole story and for sure not how I want a story like this to end. I was expecting a really good mystery/thriller and this book did deliver a on the mystery side but, no way would I describe it as a thriller. When I had to walk away from the story, I was never eager to get back to it. More like, "Ok, this is when it will get really good." Sadly no. Not for me. I was very disappointed.
Not a Gillian Flynn book.
I can say one positive side was the characters were well developed. You really got a good understanding of them and felt you really knew them.
After reading this book I mentioned online that I didn't care for it and was surprised that there were several people who agreed (based on the reviews, I thought it was just me). I guess they just aren't the ones reviewing books.
The story twist at the most unexpected moments.
As soon as I thought I understood what was happening- everything changed and she took control.
They have a pleasant voice and are very good at telling a story from first person.
great story.....great narration....but just plain depressing. Twists and turns abound and while I was captivated for the entire book, I just found it to be depressing. Telling much more would give it away.
I would say yes because the narration is amazing! They really brought all of the characters to life.
I honestly can't compare it to anything else.
Amy is my favorite, she's brilliant.
Don't believe everything you see, no relationship is perfect.
This book will take you on a crazy ride so hold on to your seats! Pay attention to everything.
The different view points from husband and wife.
All the twists and turns in the story kept me listening.
I really enjoyed both characters but I'd have to say the husband, Nick Dunn was my favorite.
A Sick Marriage
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