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)
I downloaded this book b/c my "usual" authors didn't have anything new of interest to me... When I first started listening, I wasn't sure that I was going to enjoy this story. But as the story continued I became hooked... and then I couldn't wait until the end. The story was in depth and I couldn't believe the lengths the characters went to in the story.
I am amazing.
This book started out BORING. I couldn't put it down after awhile. These characters are crazy. You love one, hate the other, then hate them both!
The two main characters. Like I said you love and hate them... but pretty much hate them.
The voices were super annoying at first... but after awhile you get used to it.
No laughing or crying just a big WOW!
I enjoyed the two different voices.
Ugh, they were both main characters are horrible people, which is part of the charm of this book I guess. I don't want to spoil anything, but lets just say I do love me some revenge.
Yes, it is extremely entertaining, and it felt like each chapter left on a cliff hanger.
I literally cannot see where this is going to go... is she dead? Did she leave him? Could she just leave everyone behind? Do her parents have something to do with it? Did she kill herself? Is the trail all going to lead to her with divorce papers? Man I just can't tell. But the way the chapters chop between Amy's chronological diary entries from the moment she met Nick forward, to the next chapter where it is real time and from Nick's perspective looking for Amy. You really can't tell if he is the culprit, confused as much as you are, an evil psychopath, or and oblivious husband who had no idea he was being a terrible husband to begin with... or is it all just a dream? I will update this review when I finish, but it is a MUST read for anyone who has been in a relationship that has went sour... the perspective of Amy is just oddly accurate to the way your brain starts to work when in an abusive relationship, isolated from your loved ones, for far too long (no matter how independent and successful the woman, or man in few cases, may be).
I will have to wait til I finish before I answer, I can't tell who I hate yet, or who is truthful... the protagonist has not yet been revealed. But maybe this is a story that makes you not like anyone in the end, maybe it just reveals the evil in the world for what it is, evil, awful... but unfortunately inevitable.
I started out the book by reading a hard copy, just started listening in Chapter 17 on the audible book. I will revisit this answer once I finish the book.
I will revisit this answer once I finish the book.
I will revisit this answer once I finish the book.
Ending was LAME
I am not a writer, but I sat at my desk for about a week trying to get through the 19(?) hours of this Audiobook. The story was ok, at times I had to keep myself motivated to listen....and then the end. The end left me thinking, "Seriously?"....that's it, that's the end?!?!? I just spent 19 hours listening to this huge story, patiently waiting and then BAM, it's over. Just a note....I can't get those 19 hours back of my life.
The New York Times Best Seller List must really be lacking some amazing stories to have put this book on the list for so long. Really kind of disappointed....what happened to a Great Story??
The two narrators/performers were EXCELLENT in this book and were able to create multiple characters that painted a very strong picture. I would pick a book just based on the fact that they were performing it. GREAT job!
See Above. Excellent performances from both. VERY strong. Would recommend the book on their performance alone.
Nice suspense throughout. The ending was a bit anti-climactic, but I was held capture throughout 99% of the book.
When I was in college taking a script writing class, my professor would say, "You can't shoot the gun in the third scene unless you hang it on the wall in the first scene". Well... no-one had the gun hanging on the wall in this book. Expect the unexpected...
I love audible books, although I've been a voracious reader before I joined Audible. I long for really good books. I've had a few.
Very well constructed story, kept me on the edge of my chair until about 3/4 of the way through. The ending was so unsatisfactory for me. It just didn't match any of the finesse and great storytelling that came before. I hear there's a movie. I hope they fix the ending!
Probably not another book by Gillian Flynn as Gone Girl was too uneven; would get a book narrated by either Julia Whelan or Kirby Heyborne.
No- too uneven
They were both good at ecoming their ccharacters
She started the book out as rather boring; the middle part was fascinating; the ending was strange and disappointing; the denouement non-existent
This book was well-performed, but the story was not remotely plausible. This is not high-brow fiction by any means, though some of the phrasing was very clever.
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