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)
Natasha R Zar
I liked that Gillian was able to articulate the many complex layers of the relationship between the two main characters, their personalities and attitudes towards one another. The two characters themselves were not particularly likable, but that was the point and I liked that! They were two seemingly normal people with different ideals and expectations of love and marriage. I like that she gives nothing away and allows you to ponder what exactly has happened to Amy and if Nick is involved.
And then there's the twist!
I haven't come across another book like Gone Girl. That's not to say there aren't any out there, I just personally haven't read any.
Sure, they were fine.
I did have an extreme reaction to this book. It made me gasp, shake my head in wonder and cringe.
Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.
This is just the sort of book I look for when I want something different. Each time I thought I knew where the story was going I was wrong right up to the end of the book. It was definitely one of those where I didn't want to stop listening. I'm not always a fan of dual readers but in this case it worked perfectly. If you're looking for something a little dark, a little different and maybe more than a little twisted this is your book.
This book is unlike anything you've every read
I hated all the characters.. But LOVED the book
I couldn't stop. Nothing got done till the book was done. Including sleep
Best book every
When I finished this book I said "ahh!" Not, "ahhh" as in I'm satisified, but "ahhh" as in, I've lost my balance and am trying to keep myself upright. Weeks later I am still unsettled.
The narrators did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life, and I greatly enjoyed their performances. The only reason I did not give this title an overall rating of 5/5 stars is because of the language issue. I do not understand why the need for constant vulgarity in today's literature. And while I can skip over words when reading, it is much harder when they are coming into my ears as part of a story I do not want to turn off, but detest the language in which parts of it are delivered.
That being said..
This story sucked me in and did not let me go. I didn't have the luxury this listen of getting the whole book in in just a few days, as is my wont. But every time I had the chance, I was listening, totally wrapped up in the drama unfolding in Nick and Amy's lives. And feeling increasingly uneasy.
This is not a comforting read, but it is engrossing and thought-provoking.
This review contains spoilers. This book was a three star listen for me - not because it's average, but because it contains hints of brilliance surrounded by boring, and also seems to include some pretty bald-faced plot devices. The first half of this book was quite slow at times, and hard to get through. It seems to lay the groundwork for the major plot twist early on, then spent a lot of time trying to distract the reader before the twist. Amy's character is particularly unlikeable, ultimately, of course, but was also really inconsistent in a few places. For example, Amy is incredibly controlling and wary. She can see intended harm in the most innocent actions of friends and takes immediate steps to protect herself and punish the "offender." But she's somehow also lax enough to be robbed by strangers she has willingly spent significant time with, taken essentially no measures to protect herself from, and, most out of character, made no effort to control or manipulate. The robbery just feels like a clumsy plot device to make the reader feel a tiny bit better - something bad finally happens to evil Amy - and to move Amy toward going home.
All in all, a decent story I enjoyed very much at times, but not one I'd bother with again - it's too much of a downer, and not quite clever enough to make up for that.
Busy Mom to 3 boys and awesome wife to a stand up guy :-)
Fun and twisted!
I really liked all of them!
Fun and twisted!
I was surprised! Doesn't happen a lot but this book got me!
Mom, Photographer, Designer
Amazing narration/acting. Oh yeah. If you can listen to it, by all means do. I'm really glad I had the opportunity.
Hmmm... tough question. I haven't encountered a book exactly like this one. She is a talented, comical, dark author. She's witty and smart. Such an enjoyable experience.
Oh that's a tough one. They were both incredibly good.
Yes, and if time permitted, I would have. I finished it in a week, at staggered times.
I highly recommend this novel. I especially enjoyed the audio version.
Couldn't stop listening! Recommend to anyone who likes a good, not-too-gory, thriller/mystery.
Narration added to depth and emotion and development of characters.
Absolutely! I have probably convinced 12 people to read this book after I finished it.
The whole story is a wild ride.
I love hearing Nick and then Amy's point of view. Great way to present the book.
Every time I thought I had it figured out . . . I was surprised again. I love that.
How about a sequel???
Great book, great audio, was really surprised at how much I loved it. Finished it in less then a week.
Now I'm on to Sharp Objects. Highly Recommend!
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