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)
Wife, mom of one amazing son, and I have the second best job in the world, working in a bookstore :)
It would depend on the friend. This isn't a story for everyone, it deals with some quite dark characters and situations
The twists and turns
I guess it would have to be Amy, not because I thought she was a great person, but she was definitely the most interesting and well developed character
Yes and I did manage to listen to it over 3 days. Thank goodness for 2x speed :)
This book is amazing and I have recommended it to everyone. It absolutely grabs you and doesn't let you go no matter how many times it twists and turns.
My favorite part was the first big reveal when I realized that someone wasn't at all who I thought. It turned the whole story upside down!
They were fantastic. I felt like they were the characters and that they were just chatting with me. I will definitely be looking for other things they've done.
I'm a writer and a yoga teacher with a Masters in English Literature.
Intriguing, surprising, delightful
Every time the story twisted and turned was memorable. As a reader you really got to watch your expectations keep changing. Gillian Flynn offers an interesting feminist perspective in the book which really gets you thinking. She doesn't let you get away with a "normal" story. That being said, I wasn't thrilled about the way it ended. The intricate, careful story sort of fell apart in the last few threads. Overall though it was a great listen.
I don't want to give away any of the plot twists, but there's a despicable character that I ended up having a strange kind of respect for. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters, they were so much more complex than when you first get to know them.
Yes, I have never been so obsessed with finishing an audiobook. Usually I listen on my commute and when I'm walking my dog, but with this one I'd get home and make excuses to clean my house so I could keep listening. I didn't laugh or cry but I was so fascinated with what was going on.
I purchased Gone Girl on a whim and boy am I glad I did! Great storyline and superb character development. This book will make your jaw hit the floor on more than one occasion!
I've been an Audible member for a bout a year now and Gone Girl is by far the best listening experience yet.
I joined the party late - Gone Girl's hype has ebbed, though it's sure to ramp up before the movie comes out later this year. I'd heard it was good, just hadn't gotten around to reading it. But, from the moment I first clicked play it was nearly impossible to put down.
I think the narration makes this book. Sure, I probably would've liked it had I read it, but Oh My God it's awesome with the two narrators. They became Amy and Nick in a totally believable way.
As for the story, it's full of twists and turns and will have you pausing playback and saying, "What? Wait — what just happened?"
Loved it. LOVED IT!
I would recommend this book to a friend because of the story. It's good and you just want to know what happens. The people chosen to narrate this story do a fantastic job. Upon first downloading an audio book I thought their voices would be boring and make me regret it. But I actually felt like they were Nick and Amy.
I liked the way it ended. I also enjoyed all the elements and how it was thought out. I was surprised multiple times.
It's hard to choose. I liked and hated them both. I guess I could say I liked Amy better especially in her Diary entries.
The ending moved me. I was rooting for both of them and neither of them at the same time.
This book gripped me from the beginning - and I'm not going to lie - it had one definite surprise turn for me - but once that surprise passed - I knew how the book would play out. What I hadn't counted on was how much I would dislike certain characters. Don't want to get into specifics for fear of ruining it for anyone. But when I finished - I was actually annoyed. Which is not a bad thing. If a book evokes any sort of emotion - well - it's done its job!
Daughter, wife, mother, feminist, equestrian, vampire enthusiast
This book has more twist and turns than a slinky! Had me guessing right up to the end.
Good pace. Excellent character development. Fantastic story.
One main then the other. Can give to much away....
Read it, listen to it, whatever. It's a must experience.
I'm disappointed in Audible listeners. This is the first time I've listened to a book with an average rating above 4.0 that I didn't like. One of the main characters is pathetic. The other is diabolical. The lesser characters are one dimensional. The ending was unsatisfying. I finished the book, but wish I hadn't wasted the time.
I love Gillian Flynns writing. I always am waiting for the next page. I look forward to all of her new books.
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