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)
Very well written book with an unconventional way of storytelling. Kept me interested in the way the story developed
Great twist in the story and the ending is not what I was expecting or hoping.
Both Amy and Nick are well written characters that throughout leave you liking and disliking them equally
The ending is unconventional and left me agitated.
Wow - This is the first book I have read that made me cringe, in a good way. Very good and very unexpected. The author goes to great lengths to explain every detail and it all pulls together in the end. I would definatly recommend this book!
I read and enjoy all genres of books, and this book ranks up there in the top 10.
This story kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.
It scene in the shed when the truth is realized.
I enjoyed the book so much, but I hated the ending. I think if I was writing this story I would have ended it differently. This is the reason I did not give the book a 5.
This story would make a great movie!
My first Gillian Flynn novel. Had me from beginning to end. Continuous twists and turns. You could not predict what was going to happen. At times you were holding your breath; next you were dying laughing. I'm not sure I wanted it to end. Amy was truly AMAZING! Super job on narration by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne. They really brought the characters alive. Well done, Gillian Flynn. I will be looking for more books by this author.
I can't think of a thing. This book was selected by my wife for a road trip. BIG mistake for just about any guy and she couldn't finish it either. This book was so bad even my wife after struggling through the first part, thinking it was a one part book, said oh no no no and shut it off. Neither of us could finish the book. No real story other than a missing wife in the first third of the book.
I do not intend to sound like a sexist but, this is purely a Chick Book. It is all about characters feelings and emotions and what did she/he mean by that, oh my god how can she deal with that, how does that make you feel and why do you feel that way, how will that effect your relationship blah blah blah.
Yes, very much so.
Oh I will after awhile to see if I can pick up on some things I might have missed before.
Excellent build up right to the end! Then she sticks it to him in a way that make you remember..oh yeah... He did do this.. and she was able to use it against him in a way where he was trapped and could never get out! Great story!
Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.
WOW! This book was crazy. I am really going to try and not spoil this one for you. The story of Nick and "Amazing" Amy marriage is really well written with chapters from each of them. I am loving this writing style because it gives the reader a chance to see the same situation from two sometimes completely different views. Amy is "Amazing" Amy because her parents wrote a children's book series about a little girl called Amazing Amy and it was a huge success. With so many things about Amy's life coming up in the books, Amy was put into the spotlight growing up. I have to say that Amy is the character that makes you turn the page and think "OMG! No way!" Nick starts out as the typical American guy with his typical life and looks. But one (not saying what) situation changes that and what the reader thinks of him.
This book is a complete thriller from beginning to end with twist in the plot that you NEVER see coming. NEVER! I thought by the middle of the book I knew what was really going on then WHAM! There is a whole new twist that I didn't see coming.
I was shocked to end the book not trusting anyone in the novel. There is no one in the book that seems to be trustworthy, honest or without some kind of agenda. Most of the books I have read like this there is a superhero, knight in shinny amour, or a good cop at least that you can hold onto throughout the book, but not this one.
It's really hard to talk about this book without spoiling it for you. But I will say that you have to read it. This book will not disappoint you at all. Especially, if you like thrillers.
Audiobook: 19 hours and 11 minutes
Narrator: Julia Whelan (Narrator), Kirby Heyborne (Narrator)
I listen to the audiobook at the same time as reading the book. Julia and Kirby were excellent choices for narrators on this one and they did a great job. Honestly, I can't imagine anyone else reading the part of Amy but Julia. She was Amy! 100% though and though.
I didn't give this book a "Love It" because I love GREAT endings. The ending of Gone Girl was not complete for me. It just ended. I want more. I need some more things to be resolved. I want more! Not a sequel more but one more chapter that takes place 3 years from now would have satisfied me completely.
The story was well done, with 2 characters. A really good "listen".
I mean, wow. It isn't often that a story can take me so many different directions, sway my opinion this way and that, and then leave me feeling the way I do after this one. I want to give as few details as possible, because the story is ALL about details. Your mind will be blown
Satisfying, Evil, Clever
Yes. I laughed out loud to some of the lines delivered by the character Amy.
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