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)
It was a great story - so it was time well spent.
Yes, but only to those who are not easily offended by hundreds of F words, C words, and other profanity.
Yes. Though their narration was awkward at first (especially when they impersonate another voice) it does grow on you making it less uncomfortable.
You think you have the story figured out - but you don't. Not even close. There are so many twists and turns that have you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Then it ends - and the ending sucks.
It was a very intense story that had me binge listening for hours on end. The male and female narrators really helped to bring out the story more and allowed me to dive into the mind of both Amy and Nick as seperate beings.
It really did; I had no idea how the story would end. There were scenes I had hoped for and characters I wished would triumph, but I could not truly grasp how the story would unfold until the last two chapters.
Julia Whelan did a PERFECT job in her roles, even simply as Amy. She kept my attention and made me feel exactly what she wanted me to until the very end.
The way to book ended me moved me the most, because it was not what I expected but realistic in many ways. I felt disgust, sadness and disappointment, but not in a "I hate this ending" kind of way; I felt for the characters outside of Nick and Amy. Without giving away too much, this whole book had me writhing with emotions, both negative and positive.
I am glad to have listened to this book before the movie comes out. It allowed me to see the big picture of everything in my head and to get a sense of the characters on their own without having to refer myself to the actors portraying them on the big screen.
Yes, but only with a different ending.
The story was captivating. The performance admirable. I couldn't put it down.
Then, in the end, there was a great drop and a huge disappointment! I will never buy this author's book again. I gave it 3 stars because it was a great book...until the last chapter. If you like Stephen King endings, you will love this book.
Yes, I would change the ending. It never really reached a conclusion. It just sort of ended.
I liked that they didn't rely on one narrator to perform both the primarily male and primarily female voiced chapters.
No. The first quarter or third of the story is primarily made up of the two main characters waxing poetic about their lives up until the point of the first event of the story. While I later understood its necessity, it was really, really boring. Then the story picked up and became very entertaining and suspenseful, but that's only worthwhile if it ultimately reaches a clear resolution, which it didn't.
I was about about to finished part 1 on the audio. I was forcing myself to listen. So I went looking for a spoiler. I am not one of those who goes to the last page but I was wary of this book. People either hate it or love it. I personally decided that I did not want sick twisted thoughts from these people in my head. I quit it. Delete. Sorry that is a bit of a spoiler but I wish I would have known. So if you like grim towns, sorry people and a long, long running mystery of whiney dribbling bits of failing and pychos ....go for it.
Long what's the point if you switch
Voices ok. Hated the character of Nick's father.
I thought it might but then no. I don't want to ever think about it again
The movie will probably be a great scary event.
Never has a book created such emotional turmoil for me, the reader. I wanted to slap Nick silly for being so stupid and blind. I wanted to KILL Amy. When have I ever wanted to KILL a character in a book? I hated it and swore I wouldn't finish it. But I couldn't put it down. What a delightful, evocative, rollercoaster of a read!
This book is very contemporary. All the elements are there. Still, there is an ick factor.
I can see people acting in this way.....and it is not pretty. There is not a moral factor of good or bad. Just the ickiness of human nature explained.
A thriller that is not so emotional.
The twin sister. Nick needs a male friend.
Loved it through and through.... Hated to have it end.. but look forward to the movie.. and her next book.
I wouldn't because I'm not into re-reading and this is a novel in which you need to be unaware of what's coming next
I like how you always knew something crazy was going to happen
Hearing about everything Amy schemed
Love every genre - read a book every 2 weeks or so- I mix between business books, classics, modern fiction, and biographies
Marriage from Hell
Yes - I knew what the end result would have to be but I wanted to see how the author got us there- clever
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