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)
Flynn has managed to take a very mundane story line and turn it on it's head over, over and over again. She is a beautiful writer, and allows you to deeply connect with the characters, even if at times, you don't want to. Great read.
looking for something new to intrigue me.
I would if she wanted mild entertainment and smooth prose
I could not tolerate the ill father's voice.
Say something about yourself!
Two narrators highlight the parallel storylines of a marriage. Each voice shows the perspective of one of the partners, the differences between each story are surprising, frustrating, and completely heartbreaking. This book very skillfully pulled me and had me identify with the characters, then disappointed and depressed me, so much that I was ready to stop listening. Just as I was ready to give up, the characters revealed a new layer of complexity and I followed the story excitedly, disgusted, shocked, and strangely empathetic.
All I can say is that this couple deserved each other.....
A much better story, I am sure
I would definitely listen to other books narrated by Julia Whelan or Kirby Heyborne. I thought they each did an excellent job, especially Ms. Whelan. I will most likely give Gillian Flynn another try once the disappointment from this book has eased.
I found the ending (actually the last third of the book) very disappointing. It seemed rushed, improbable, and lacking the detail that might support it.
I slightly preferred Ms. Whelan's performance, but both were excellent. Truthfully, by the end of the book I was sick of all the characters.
Yes, for the most part.
I enjoyed the alternating narration and felt the story wouldn't have worked without it. I enjoyed the first two thirds of the novel much more than the last third. I almost wish I had stopped listening and made up my own ending. Just wasn't a satisfying or believable conclusion.
I may recommend this book. The performance was good and, since I tend to listen as I am driving long distances, it kept me entertained.
Spoiler alert possible!
Many described this as a story with crazy and unexpected twist. The main twist in the story was actually fairly easy to see coming. However, if I could change things it would be two things...Amy was a extremely brilliant individual yet couldn't figure out simple things. This was I assume to make her seem sheltered, but given the complexity of the character I just found it flawed. The ending, this makes police seem like the most incompetent bunch around. There is always a flaw in a story somewhere, I would have how they would find it. Choice over mandate would have made the end more sad, sickening and believable...
The idea that two actors were playing the two parts and our wasn't over done.
There are twist, it kept me entertained...but I knew the "who done it" almost right away.
I rarely write reviews, but I feel compelled to do so with this book. It really had me going, and even with the twists and turns, I could suspend disbelief and enjoy the story. But the ending was so disappointing that I can't rate it highly. I can't even recommend it to anyone because it was such a letdown. Without giving too much away, I have to say that the police investigation was incredibly unbelievable at the end, that the characters' reunion was bizarre and equally unbelievable, and the final twist and "resolution" left me feeling as tricked and betrayed by the author as the characters felt by each other.
A better ending, with some plausible reactions by all of the characters would have made this book better. I am astonished that the author expects us to believe this ending. There are too many flaws that make it ridiculously incredible.
I think Julia Whelan was fabulous. Kirby Heyborne's voice was too high, and initially sounded almost like a woman.
I listen to at least 3-5 books a month, I usually can predict the endings of books and get a sense of where they are going. While I was able to predict some parts of this book, this one kept me on my toes. I was addicted, the type of addiction where you find places to drive just so you can listen to the book. I even listened to this in my room until 2 am once, I just could not get enough. One of the best books I've read and one of the best thrillers I've listened to in a long time. Definitely recommend.
The performance of the actors, they were truly amazing.
When Nick unveiled the last clue and found the purchases made by his wife, very creepy.
This is a little dark but fun with a twist in the middle.
I liked how each character's voice was clear and definitive and just when you think someone cannot be slimier the twist in the story comes.
The voice of the characters came through by the performance of the two narrators.
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