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)
Less filthy language, less sophomoric descriptive phrases,
dramatic, conveys emotions well
I would cut the scenes with the main characters father.
This author should take a page from Author, Ann Rule "If you really loved me" and learn how to portray the true nature of the sociopath with all of the suspense and horror they perpetrate on others without the filthy language. That is not indicative of intelligent people. As my Mother used to say when you use nasty language it just shows you have a poor vocabulary. Not such a good thing for an author.
The characters were SO unlikeable that I found I didn't care what happened to them!
annoying adequate average
The plot's not bad, it's just that I had no interest in the characters.
This book made me feel as manipulated as the characters. I guess that was the point, but for my listening pleasure, it missed the mark.
Has it turned me off from this genre? No, but I will be a little bit more careful about reading reviews before I commit.
They were annoying.
Can't think of any.
I understand why this is a best seller - it is clever and smart and the characters are well developed. The narration is great. I found it painful to listen and would have stopped listening if it had not been my book group's choice that month. I found reading about two so completely dysfunctional people stressful and not enjoyable in the least. I do not recommend to people who have ever had trouble in their relationships. If you like clever books about unpleasant people this one's for you.
Once it took off after they declared (spoiler**) she was missing there was a twist at every turn. I couldn't stop listening because just when I thought I knew who it was I was wrong.
Most memorable was when (spoiler**) she first appeared in the story!
I LOVED that there were two narrators so that I didn't have to pretend a female was reading a male's side. I loved their back and forth sides of the story.
Yes and No- it was perfect because I couldn't wait to listen to it when I was not able to.
This story had several twists so it kept me listening. It gets a little out there- like something on the ID channel! Entertaining!
Gone Girl was amazing. After I finished listening I bought Gillian Flynn's other novels, what a fantastic mystery writer!
Started devouring books at age 7 and haven't stopped since... Now I can read while I drive, do dishes, clean the house, or work in garden!
An incredible book. Along with the characters, you navigate the twists and turns of a very, very complicated relationship. Absolutely nothing is as it seems - and the final outcome is as inevitable as it is disturbing.
I tried to like this book. I listened to it for hours and hours and it never got good and it just never ended. I finally gave up in the middle of part 3 about an hour and a half from the end. So relieved to finally be able to move on to another book.
Remarkably inadequate ending, unbelievable coalescence of psychoses and bizarre exaggerations, and relatively poor writing. I finished it because someone recommended it-I wish I had followed my initial insight and not wasted my time. Life is too short to waste time on inadequate books!
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