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)
This was an entertaining crime novel that did make me want to keep reading, though if I'd lost the book I may not have re-purchased it. I liked it, and it will be a somewhat entertaining film, but am puzzled about those who put it on lists of the best 100 books, best books of the year and so on. The outcome is just not that original, the plot has been written before, the characters are not special. It is a pretty good read, but not fine literature by any means.
good, great, then WHAT?
Julia was amazing. She brought Amy to life in a way that made you really like and hate her. Kirby didn't do a lot for me.
The ending was good and bad all at the same time. I am anxious to see the movie since Gillian wrote the screenplay for it. I'm curious to see if she will end the movie the same way she ended the book. If that is the case, I don't see the movie doing well at the box office.
The best so far.
The two narrators.
In search for another as good.
This story was so far out there I could never connect to it. Great narrators and good performance of the book. Liked the references to current issues and news shows. The book moves slowly and the couple is completely ridiculously unhealthy and its unbelievable to think anyone would willingly live that way.
I own 494 Audible Audio books. (See my Stunned Look) That can be a good or bad thing. Either way I'm always entertained and enlightened!
Experiencing the twists and turns of not just the story but the characters. I lover her… I hate her. I love him…I hate him until finally I’m too exhausted and numb to have an opinion or any other feeling than immense regret that the story was over yet a tiny bit of relief that I was finally released from this mad house of a book.
Amazing Amy. Is it wrong to say that she is kind of my hero? Well except for the murder part of course.
Excellent performance by both actors!
See answer to question one
The only thing more Impressive than this story is the mind that thought it up. Ms. Flynn you are “amazing!” I look forward to the many other stories you’ll blow my mind with.
All business but contemporary fun!
Absolutely! This book kept me up until 2:00a.m. in the night because I just could NOT put it down. The surprises and U-turns on how you feel about the main characters, over and over was mind blowing. Thoroughly enjoyed it! The author is simply wicked! Well done!
The book had be me hooked till the last page. Usually you can skip the last chapter, it's like a cool down...but not this one. It has you guessing till the end, and even then, i felt unsatisfied. I will say, that this book is definetely NOT boring. It's told from Nick's point of view, then the Wife's point of view, and keeps switching. You'll find yourself switching sides on who you think is the antagonist...I do wish that there was a little more justice/closure at the end...but it was worth it.
Probably not. There is so much ugly in the real world that, when I'm reading about it in fiction, I want the "good guys" to win. Ugly, brutal, vindictive characters who are irredeemably nasty (and who never get their come-uppance) are my least favorite of all - and that's the essence of this story.
Possibly, but I would need to know a whole lot more before I would spend money again. I bought this one only because of all the hype. If I'd had any inkling at all of what an ugly story it is, I would not have bothered. There are too many books to read for me to waste time on something like this.
Quite possible. I thought they both did a good job, despite the material they were reading.
I probably would not have accepted it in the first place. It's way too much of a "downer" for my taste.
I would not listen to another book narrated by this pair. Kirby Heyborne was dull and lacked the liveliness needed I felt was needed in the Audio genre for a book this dark.
I enjoyed the mystery.
A MUCH BETTER ENDING1
LEARN HOW TO END A BOOKTHERY WEERE
They were great - created characters.
ANGER AT THE STUPID ENDING
I'LL NEVER READ ANOTHER BOOK BY THIS AUTHOR1
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