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)
Part of my job is cleaning vacation rental homes so while doing so I love to listen to books! Mystery books and suspense are the BEST!
I would have to put this as my favorite story to date. The story, the voices, etc. SUPER!!
They are perfect. Voices they make...the way they tell the story...BEYOND good reading!
This is a MUST for anyone who loves audio books!!
The author began with an interesting premise, but failed to deliver a talent for writing that could have kept my attention. The "twist" were predicable and poorly played out. Better luck next time, but I still won't read it...
Probably because the characters have their own voice in the audio version.
I really liked the suspense! The entire story was excellent up until the end. I was a little disappointed with the ending, I won't spoil anything but I would give this book overall a 4.5.
There were so many twists and turns in the book it is hard to pick one!
I just thought it was a unique, well written book.
I am going to check out other books from this author because this one was so good!
Somehow I had never heard of Gillian Flynn and chose Gone Girl on a whim. Wow! I was delighted with the surprise turn this novel takes. I'm not the biggest fan of unexpected plot twists--they are difficult to do well and often come across as gratuitous or desperate. I didn't see it coming and was definitely snookered, in the best way possible. Flynn weaves her narrative turn into the fabric of the story like a master and loses not a whisper of momentum as the story rushes to its intriguing conclusion.
I went on to (happily) read Flynn's other novels and am now officially a fan, waiting as patiently as I can for whatever she writes next.
Concise, believable and HILARIOUS!!! even repeated!
When he realizes the living-room had been set up and "I am the Bitch that made YOU Better…" That is great.
Yes. It made me laugh greatly and wiser with humor
Not so many details.
Not this author.
The book is so annoying I could not say. Change everything.
Drama, Twists, Diary Style
I enjoyed the Diary style of it, as a change of pace from other styles of novels. Both Whelan and Heyborne were also definitely acting their parts, as opposed to simply reading them, so the performance was very interesting to listen to.
Writing reviews is work. Therefore, I need to be really happy or really unhappy with a book to write one.
...should go to Nick and Amy. But maybe that is the whole point of the book? It is hard to stick with a book when you find the characters to be so unlikeable, but soon after it began I moved into "thank god I don't have anyone like this in my life" space and stuck around to see how low they would go. Stupid (Nick) and Unlikeable (Amy) as they are, the readers capture them perfectly. And Gillian Flynn is certainly on top of current popular culture. There is a great part about 3 hours in where Nick compares reality to TV - this book compares TV to reality.
I have noticed that a some point after writing one, or generally two, very serious and critically acclaimed books, very good writers tend to turn out a movie script - I'm hoping this is Ms. Flynn's and that she has gotten it out of her system. I'm waiting for winter SAD season to pass before listening to Sharp Objects, but Dark Places - yes VERY VERY DARK - was very very good - Gone Girl simply doesn't compare with its depth and characterization, so if you didn't like it, don't dismiss Ms. Flynn, but you may want to wait for next spring.
I would recommend it.
I liked the husband, the wife was scary to me. She seemed to evil.
Have not yet.
Whelan was not good with other character voices. She was good as Amy though. Heyborne was adequate for this type of simple genre fiction, but probably wouldn't hold up to literature or anything too complex.
I don't think there was a single worthwhile character in the whole story. I am capable of enjoying horrible characters....Dracula - monster, Ripley - psychopathic multi-murderer, Humbert Humbert - sexual "deviant", and I love those characters and their stories. There is a way to write the horrible reality of humanity, even gut-wrenching suspense, and well-crafted twistedness doesn't have to be completely unredeeming so that you lose your readers' desire to continue. The story was clever in its concept, but the delivery was a complete failure. It felt like the author was playing both sides of a checkers game (not complex enough to use chess as an example), so that every time Nick did "this," she would flip to decide what Amy would do, and vice versa.
SPOILER ---> She was clever to make the diary a fiction, and not reveal that until it was time to bring Amy back into the story, but it was otherwise just a story filled with incredibly unlikable people doing shitty things to each other. A murder mystery without a murder, and not very mysterious... <-- END SPOILER.
I shudder to think that this has been optioned as a movie because the producer thinks the story has strong female characters. If this is an example of strong female character, I'll take the 1940s any day of the week. A woman in the role of a murdering manipulative psychopath is just a murdering manipulative psychopath, not a strong woman. The female detective still depended on the man to play "bad cop," and never did anything remotely remarkable in investigation; the sister was a blubbering whiny baby; the mother was an enabling, codependent, airhead; the girlfriend was a clingy twit...and then she assaulted him...but she got the "atta girl" from him when she didn't answer his telephone call - wow - No...these are not strong women. The strongest woman in the story, was Nick.
In the suspense/mystery genre, there are much much better writers out there; this is NOT a 5-star book. It's at 3 at a stretch, but for me it's a 2.
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