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)
Gone girl ranks very high among the audiobooks I have heard. I listen to a lot of mysteries, but this book was quite different than most of the books I have listened to. I wasn't sure I was going to like it at first, but I became more and more intrigued as the story went along.
The anniversary scavenger hunt was very memorable. I won't say any more for fear of giving away a spoiler.
I really liked both of the narrators. I thought they both brought their characters to life in a very believable way. Most audiobooks do not have different narrators for the different voices, but this was a particularly excellent book for that because of the alternating point of view style in which it is written.
This book truly takes you on a rollercoaster of twists and turns, ups and downs. I read enough mysteries that it unusual for a book to completely take me by surprise, but I can honestly say there were several parts of the story that I never saw coming. The book is definitely not a light read, but I was absolutely fascinated by the characters and the intricately woven relationships in the book.
The suspense- I had no idea what would happen next or how the story could possibly end. I stayed up way past my bedtime thinking..."just one more chapter..."
Amy- she was brilliant! I loved how her story played out.
I have not. They both did a good job narrating this novel.
Storyteller, reading teacher, author...when it comes to stories/books, it's my vice and I have unashamedly made addicts of my entire family!
The readers did an excellent job, loved the tandem style.
It would depend upon the book. Pro: author made characters that made me empathize with them. I found the characters to be realistic people that I loved, hated, felt sorry for etc. Con: Although, this is an excellent example of a literary tragedy, the author failed, in my opinion, to give a satisfactory resolution in the end.
The pace was good and they were each able to define male and female characters with voices that worked. The tandem telling was the best part of the audio, it really made the dual point of view style effective.
I would have scratched the entire ending after Amy speaks with police. I would have developed a stronger question on what will eventually become of the antagonist. Although I am not a sequel lover, in this case I think there could clearly be two segments: the gradual development of the sociopath's skills (Gone Girl) and the final undoing of the skilled/ practiced sociopath (sequel). Leaving the female police officer with strong doubts about the situation would have been more satisfactory that eventually things would be made right.
The narration was excellent! Amy was dangerously intelligent. I felt sorry for and liked Nick even though he continually made poor decisions. This book was well thought out and written. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down.
There are many moments that stick out for me but not because something good happened. For instance when Nick first started to realized what Amy had done. It was amazing how Amy thought of everything and even had a backup plan.
These narrator's are by far the best I've heard! I finally listened to a book where a man was narrated by a male and a woman by a female. Nick's and Amy's voices were perfect! The secondary voices weren't so great but I thoroughly enjoyed the narration anyway.
A marriage thought to be over forces Nick and Amy to weave a web full of lies, hate and mistrust. Believing that love still lives in the other they are reunited only to learn that a darkness lives in each and that they cannot be apart.
I truly enjoyed the narration of this book; awesome job!! I will look for other books narrated by Julia and Kirby.I was very dissappointed in the ending. I really wanted Nick to break free and find someone else to bring out the best in him. I can understand why it ended the way it did...I just didn't like it. Quite tragic in a way. Maybe ii'd have liked it if Amy had changed and she sincerely loved Nick instead of forcing him to be who she wanted.
I would listen again, just for the performances.
60/40 predictable to shocking twists. I never cared that I knew what was coming.
...I can't tell you that :)
The twists and turns are incredible.
The story line keeps you guessing what is going to happen next...
I liked the switch back and forth from the male and female voices that the narrators did. It really helped to display the emotions of the characters.
I dropped my jaw at the end!!!
Everything... I love the entire story... really messes with your head. I couldn't stop listening. I would listen to it again for sure. It's so twisted I might have missed something.
I love the voices... absolutely perfect for the story.
Absolutely... hard to stop driving (I listen in my car)
This is the type of book you want to share with others... so you can talk about it!!!!
Very well written book with an unconventional way of storytelling. Kept me interested in the way the story developed
Great twist in the story and the ending is not what I was expecting or hoping.
Both Amy and Nick are well written characters that throughout leave you liking and disliking them equally
The ending is unconventional and left me agitated.
Wow - This is the first book I have read that made me cringe, in a good way. Very good and very unexpected. The author goes to great lengths to explain every detail and it all pulls together in the end. I would definatly recommend this book!
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