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)
While I liked the book, I ended up with the impression that the publisher paid an advance royalty for a book of 400 pages. When the author finished the manuscript the printed version must have been 350 pages or less. So to make up the difference, the author added every form of the f-word into as many sentences as possible, sometimes two or three times. I tired of reading and hearing the words that I do not hear in my daily life, nor, when questioning others, do they. Are the residents of Missouri different? I think not. I enjoyed the story, but would have enjoyed it more without the constant slap in the face of dialogue of the gutter. Our culture seems to be going more crude, with language, tattoos, clothing that denigrates us rather than inspires. I do not think of myself as being a prude, but I cannot relate to books that constantly use dialogue that I don't consider the dialogue of my marketplace.
At first I thought I'd made a mistake, and thought it was totally predictable but them it takes a crazy twist where you can't stop listening, and you aren't sure what is going to happen next. Very suspenseful, loved it! Rated it 4 only because of what I thought was. Some what slow start.
I didn't have a favorite, they are both nuts.
After it got to the good part I had trouble not listening, I wanted know what was going to happen next!
The ending, what a flop.
The robbery in the Ozarks.
Don't care, wouldn't read it.
Loved the first 9/10 of the book, it sucked me in and kept me wanting more. However I hated the last 1/10, Did Gillian have only 10 minutes to finish the last two chapters? Did she get bored? Did someone else come in and finish it and send it off while she was asleep? WTH?
I liked the story and the way it was told from two different points of view. And I liked the way it was narrated. But really? It's just going to end like that? I think I screamed out loud when the book ended. I expected there to be at least another chapter, maybe 6. I felt let down - those are hours of my life I will never get back. Such build up to end not with a bang, but a little, tiny, insignificant whimper.
I have not.
I have not.
Not so much.
I enjoy a variety of books including mysteries, historical fiction as well as young adult and children's literature. Listening to books gives me the ability to "read" in the car as well as the evening as a nightcap before bed.
I am not sure I would have finished this book had I been reading rather than listening. I don't know when I have met such unpleasant people. You are kept interested only because you want to find out what despicable things these people can think of next. I do not necessarily recommend this book but some might find it interesting. I cannot decide who are worse people these characters or those in The Dinner? You be the judge.
I would not; I hated every character in the book. There was not a single likable character throughout the story.
I would say when the twist is revealed right when you are really starting to hate the male protagonist.
They did a great job portraying their characters. It was the story itself and the characters themselves that were completely unlikable and unrelatable.
I would not recommend, while it was engrossing it wasn't a pleasant engrossing. It really stirred up a lot of negative emotions for me. I have spoken to a couple of other people who have read this title and they have expressed the same.
I generally wouldn't do that, however with this book I would listen again with someone else to get their impressions/reactions to the fun parts of this book, sure. I loved the story and I would've really liked to have someone to discuss the book with.
My favorite character; hmmmm... I'm going to pick the easy one; the lady detective. She is quirky. I found myself rooting for her.
GREAT narration. Not sure what more there is to say.
Well, it made me question my notion about girl power; about being empowered; about the difference between justice and poetic justice. I definitely had thoughts about the characters in this book that were uncommon. It changed the way I view crime.
Listen. Its a great time.
Yes! The pacing is perfect. There is so much going on, I wonder how much I'll pick up on if I listen to it again.
I don't want to give too much away, but probably when Amy is essentially kidnaped.
Yes. It did. My only complaint about the narration is that it took me a while to get into it. I found both of them annoying, but their performance was good. I think this one is just a personal preference thing.
No. I was ok to break it up, but I did devour that sucker in just a few days.
Wonderful villain. Wonderful attention to detail. Broad story. The ending took a few listens to settle. I was really disappointed at first, but it grew on me.
Author of Kindertransport
I listened to Gone Girl twice just in case I missed something the first time!
There were many plots twists that kept me on the edge of my seat. Good guys and bad guys kept switching places, to my delight.
It took several days to finish this book, but if I could have, I would have listened to it in one sitting.
Jo Ann Brixie
Never, while listening to this book, was I sure I had the mystery figured out. I found myself swinging wildly between belief and skepticism. Even at the very end, I was stunned by the outcome.
Although I found the narrators' voices somewhat annoying, having the characters represented with gender-correct readers added to the book's authenticity. I rarely take time from my day to sit just to listen to a book, but this one kept me doing just that.
I'm glad I bought this book in the audible format, because I think I'd have had trouble resisting sneak peeks to learn what was coming. Since I was forced to wait in suspense, the novel kept me spellbound.
I'm in awe of Gillian Flynn's ability to mess with the reader's mind!
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