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)
The story was fascinating from beginning to end, with so many twists and turns. The characters were great and I was never sure if there was a bad guy or a good guy.
Definitely the ending was stunning.
I am not sure, I have listened to so many different narrators.
If you love a good mystery thriller, then this is definitely a must read.
Didn't read the print, but I loved that the audio was in two different voices.
Yes. It had intrigue and twists. And was slow paced enough to make me want more.
This is the best book I have ever listened to.
I love a good book, but never have time to sit and read. Audible is wonderful for people like me. Even though my kids think I am a nerd for always having my headphones on, someday they will wish their college books were on audible!
This one kept me guessing. I would get mad then laugh, because I was wrong
What fun to read something that is well written, a different and surprising storyline and great narration. So glad I tried this book!
Plot had many twists and turns..I couldn't put the book down
Gillian Flynn - no she is a terrible author. The narrators yes.
At first I enjoyed the way the author made you have empathy for one character and then switched it, however towards the end of the book, the empathy shifted from one to the other so quickly that I disliked them both. I thought the book ended very poorly, nobody won, everyone lost.
I enjoyed the fact that you didn't know what was going to happen but the end became too shifty for me. It was too much.
No, it ended in a lose/lose situation and nothing good will come from a second book. I would not purchase it.
This has been one of the best books I've listened to in a long time. I found myself staying in my garage to listen to the next chapter! The narration was perfect for the dual characters and kept you on the edge waiting to see what would happen next. A DEFINITE for your long drives!
Say something about yourself!
What a twisting turning plot... and I loved every minute of it. Once started it was hard to put down. Liked the way the narration/story went back-and-forth between characters. Narrators did an excellent job. Highly recommend.
Without spoiling the book for you, I will speak in general terms. You know those books you read or listen to where you feel like you wasted a part of your life that you will never get back....this might be that book for you. I will say this: Gillian Flynn displays near brilliance in character development and story pace. She takes you through a roller-coaster of emotions in your view of her characters. Gone Girl has what I would describe as an incredible plot. In fact, Flynn writes one of the best books I have ever read...up until the worst endings of all time. OR....she and her editor realized that this story had huge sequel potential and they decided to leave us wanting. In that case, this could go from one of the worst books to one of my all time favorites. My recommendation? Wait for the sequel before you pick this one up.
I probably wouldn't listen to Gone Girl again. While I enjoyed the story, the male narrator's voice really annoyed me. I felt like it didn't fit the physical description or the personality of the character.
Yes. I never wanted to stop listening. I just wanted to know what the HELL was happening.
I think the male narrator should have been someone different, with a voice that matched the character. The female narrator was perfect! I loved her and hated her, just like I should have.
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