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)
This is one of my all time favorites. What a great and creative book. Be kind to your spouse.... Jump in for a great ride.
The reading was decent, I'd give them another shot. I would be VERY cautious about trying another book from Flynn.
Yes--separate voices, seemed well suited to the roles. I felt like Heyborne was weaker at conveying the main character than Whelan.
If you want to come to the foregone conclusion that suburbia and the Midwest are deplorable, then this book will accomplish that for you.
Just couldn't stand the bland, navel-gazing characters. I couldn't care about the story or the conclusion when they were both so unlikable. I hate people like that in real life, so why would I like them in a book? If they want to kill each other off, then so be it.
Engaging story, well written, intersting, rang true with me. However, the male reader really spoiled my listening experience. This is really one of the worst readers I've had the misfurtune to listen to. The female reader is just fine and the difference between them like day and night.
It engaged me
The male reader detracted tremedously from my joy with the story
No. I had to recover from time to time from the male reader
Please choose your narrators wisely!
I felt it had too many, "twists and turns"
Narrator did fine
I heard a lot of hype and expected more.
This book is near the top.
The narration added an extra level of suspense. An A1 job!
Maybe. Depends on how many hours
Maybe. Depends on how many hours.
Good story, but one book too long. The story was not worthy of 19 hours.
Interesting premise, good twists, descriptive narrative but the characters were very one dimensional is some respects. This could be because of the plot and the direction she was taking the reader but I found it hard to get interested. Usually even the most despicable person has a trait you can identify with, feel sympathy toward or minimally like. Maybe it's just me but in this book, I didn't like anyone. Nick, Go and their family, unlikeable. Amy and her parents, unlikeable. Friends, cops, incidental cast, unlikeable. Everyone was self centered, self absorbed, vindictive and moved only in the direction of their own agenda. I purchased three of her books at the same time and this is the first one I've listened to. I hope the others are better.
The is one of the best books I've read. I couldn't put it down! Very clever, suspenseful and whitty. The book is pretty vulgar and shocking at times. Although the book is dark it made me laugh too. I would recommend it for sure! I liked it so much I picked up her next book, " Dark Places " almost immediately after finishing this one!
Yes, I loved this book. Kept me on my toes!
When I realized that she planned everything and was actually alive.
The ending, period was the least, nothing the best.
I listened to this book for two days straight and made it priority to get to the end because I was that intrigued but once I did I was disappointed. I can't believe I wasted so much time & energy for it to end the way it did.
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