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 would love an alternative ending.
My reaction: What?!?!? I didn't like the ending of this novel because the ending was so slow to come. When it finally did come, the ending was rather ambiguous! I can't speculate out loud or say much without ruining it for other readers, so I won't. But you'll know what I'm talking about after you've read the novel!
Whelan and Heyborne gave the character more rawness and emotion ... which is very important in this novel.
Nope. I've wasted 18 out of the 19 hours this audio book took to finish.
The novel has a fantastic beginning story line and an awesome climax but I felt the author met me down at the end of the novel...like the story kind of just lost its steam.
Loved this book to death. Depth of story leaves you guessing until the end. Ended up buying Dark Places because of how much I loved this story and it was ALMOST as good.
The two main characters in this book were both miserable people. I found myself wondering who was the protagonist in the story, and I never quite figured it out.
I would have liked to have seen some redeeming qualities in one of the two main characters.
I have heard Kirby before, but not Julia. Their performances were the best part of this book. Julia does a great job in particular.
I really wanted to like this book, but the further I went, the more disappointed I became.
Gone Girl is written far better than Flynn's previous books. It tells the story of a couple from both perspectives. The husband tells the story of present days, the wife tells about the past. Both characters tell good stories.
The thing with Flynn is, that she shadows unique stories with rather predictable suspense plots. Flynn's first book story was so good, that the thriller cover-story was insignificant. This time, however, the thriller is so long and detailed that you can't wait for it to be over.
(allow me to skip her second book.)
I sure hope that Flynn's next book will be a novel. Her truly unique and clever storytelling deserves its own book.
The first half of the book is brilliant.
The characters are easily lovable.
I liked how twisted the characters were and how the author killed or transformed all the normal characters
Sad that such creative manipulating sociopaths couldn't come up with some cleaver outs
No but I enjoyed the performances
Made for each other
This was a great listen for road warriors sick of scifi that like something less mundane in a mystery
Very slow in the beginning but worth every minute. Perfect pace, kept me hooked, the final chapters I had to do in one turn. Excellent work of light fiction, can highly recommend it.
The writing called for two narrators who did their job perfectly.
The last several hours of the novel grew ever more ridiculous; storyline needed to be more believable, ending was meaningless. It seemed that the author had a pressing appointment or was tired of the characters, thus ending it all by ending the novel. A plausible last few chapters, characters that one could care about, and an ending that does not leave the reader with thoughts of "that's it, are you joking?" we're all necessary to improve this read.
Kirby's female voice was annoying but overall his voice quality and reading were excellent and enjoyable to listen to. Julia's performance was acceptable.
Storyline was interesting for vast majority of the novel, which added to the disappointment in the last few chapters.
What fun is anyone without a dose of mystery.
Outstanding plot, real characters, great pacing. The story is written from the perspectives of husband and wife and the audio recording is likewise divided between his voice and hers.
Believable voices for the characters
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