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 hated the story. Both of the main characters were despicable. The story itself was irrelevant and far fetched. I really wish I could have the time back I spent listening to it. The ONLY reason I finished it was due to the performance of the readers, they did a great job.
This is not a spoiler alert. I see why others really liked this book. It draws you in. You get involved and care what happens. And that's the first two thirds of the book. As the plot unfolds and there is essentially no more to learn about the main characters I could not wait for the book to end. With the right direction, would probably be a better movie.
The characters in this book are the kind of people I'd give a very wide berth in real life. The husband is an ass, and the wife is a sociopath. I abandoned the book when I realized I didn't care at all what happened to either of them.
I'm not able to recommend this book.
No, this one in particular was just bad story telling.
The narration was good. No complains. Julia's voice is quite enjoyable.
The story did not develop as one would expect and I didn't see this book going anywhere interesting.
Skip this title.
Create a plausible storyline.
Irritated at myself for wasting time listening to this book, the storyline was terrible.
I thought things weren't adding up as I was reading, turns out I was right, however, I could not have predicted all the turns and twists. Nicely written, nicely narrated.
This book is awesome! It kept me guessing the whole time and I was sad when it was over. It made me look forward to being in my car. I definitely recommend!
No, because there are too many books I want to read/listen to and there's not enough time for rereads! :)
OMGoodness!! There are SO MANY sinister twists and turns in this book! Very creative and imaginative! Never read another book like it!!
Some of the language is a little disturbing. It's different (at least it is for me) hearing it as opposed to skimming it as you read. :)
Credits are gold and this is a great one to use them on!!
This was my first book by Gillian Flynn and as a result of becoming completely engrossed by this story, these characters and the exceptional performance of the narrators I went on a binge with her other two books. Do not miss out on this book! Well worth the credit and time. I found myself taking extra time getting to work or back home just trying to get to a point where I could leave it!
BTW, her other two books are just as good. Much darker...much, much darker, but excellent stories and worth the time and credit.
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