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)
Yes I would think about but I did not care for Gone Girl
If I could I would return it after hearing it. I did not like it
I have only listened to the audio book but I will be purchasing the kindle version as well!!
The whole book!!!!
All of them. They all fit into the story perfectly!
The realization of what was happening!!!!
Very good book! Loved the characters and story line. Very good ending but was hoping for more!!!
The double narration was a plus. Julia Whelan did such a great job, it made me seek out other books that she has narrated. Took me a while to warm up to Kirby Heyborne's narration b/c his voice did not match that of the character as I had imagined, but I got used to it. A very good job overall.
workingmomof2. Lots of driving time = many Audio books
The story is well written, details fill spaces so that you can see the events and people and with that, your dislike turns to discomfort to revulsion. The character is so far gone into sociopathic behavior - there is nothing left to feel but that you never want to meet them and wonder if you already have met someone like that. Ugh - it was so dark and disturbing, I was happy to finish.
It is too slow, just doesn't capture your attention
It's just too stupid to listen to
all that back and forth, it loses the story
I acnnot believe that this is suppose to be a Best Seller!
I should have looked into what this book was about, because I was not able to suspend my horror, at how awful the characters were....I started out so hopeful, I thought it was a love story. Reminds me of when I first saw Pulp Fiction, thinking it was going to be fun, and left thinking what a horrific movie....years later and a couple of times re-watching it, I get it. I need forewarning, to prepare myself for those instances when I am supposed to just go along for the ride and be entertained. I am a vicarious reader/watcher so I am troubled when I expect one thing and get another. Lesson learned with this book...I don't want to know too much, but I do need to know it is a twisted thriller, and not a lovely little story about two people and the ups and downs of matrimony.
Very much recommended. This book had moments that made me laugh, made me angry, make me self-reflective, and made me sit in my car listening in my driveway each day when I got home from work.
Kirby lends a voice to the story that makes you trust the character and then not trust the character. Julia's voice is also very attractive and absolutely perfect for the character.
The book starts out incredibly slow and uneventful, but picks up steam until you're constantly wondering whodunnit. Both of the main characters are twisted in their own way and I wish she would have capitalized on that to make a better ending. She seems to just leave the story hanging without its last chapter.
Great narration, overall good production.
But wait, there's more....
The other reviews are right. This is the most twisted story of a marriage and relationship I have ever read. "a marriage gone toxically wrong", is an understatement. If you think the plot is seeming predictable, keep listening, you're probably wrong! Entertaining but very disturbing at the same time.
I started out listening to books for work and now have become addicted. Every where I drive is a new adventure...
Only made it to the 5th chapter and stopped. Did not find it interesting and really didn't enjoy anything about it. All my girlfriend loved this book ... I don't think it was worth the credit I used.
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