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)
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".
40 something Realtor lawyer and dog lover.
The alternating narrators made the characters more relatable.
They were all awful in their own way!
Amy was the more complex character. As her personality disorder is slowly revealed you question your own sanity a little.
You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. ~Paul Sweeney
The first hour or so I am thinking "Meh... I just don't see what all the fuss is about, just another murder, mystery, who-done-it". And then... (nope, no spoilers here). The most difficult part about writing this review, is that it hard to describe how amazing this book is without ruining it for anyone who has not read it yet.
The premise is that a woman (a wife) goes missing on her 5th wedding anniversary. The story is told dueling piano style. It alternates views from the husband and wife. It starts off just a little slow... but you have to wait for it... and then BAM it turns into something you can't put down or stop thinking about when you have to put it down.
Every time I thought I had it figured out I was wrong and I wanted to know what was right. I wanted to know all the pieces that held it together and all the pieces that would make it fall apart. It is a puzzle that you take out of the box and swear none of the pieces will ever fit together, but somehow they do. Absolutely brilliant!
This is the best book I have read/listened to this year, so far.
The ending was ridiculous.
Nothing. Told the author to not suck.
They were fine.
I didn't read the print version but I loved listening to it- the narrator did a great job of creating a voice for the listener.
It was as if you thought you knew what was happening and then suddenly it went a completely different direction!! I listened to this book in about three days- I couldn't stop!!
no to the author, yes to narrators
no, the ending was so disappointing, I wouldn't want to waste my time
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