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)
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The alternating "voices" made it easy to follow.
No. It is disappointing. No real climax of the story.
They made a pitiful plot tolerable.
A married couple of psychopathology personified. Could have had a more twisted/exciting ending.
Yes, I would like to catch what I had missed.
Amy coming home.
I have never encountered a book that had me in a trance. The first person twists are amazing. Original and clever writing. The reader goes in and out of rooting for characters.
I should have been doing other things instead of listening to this book almost without stop. I don't even care. I couldn't turn it off. It's thrilling and crazy and unstoppable. You will be left stuttering, desperately looking for someone else who's read it so that you can yell in each other's faces about how gross you feel.
You'll love it. Just read it.
Just plain fun
The characters were flawed, a bit sick and incredibly interesting.Just when I got comfortable with a story direction, it would twist and turn another direction.
It kept me awake for hours in spite of extreme jet lag… it made me toss and turn to try to stay awake after an 11 hour flight. 21 hours+ awake and I still listened….
I would recommend this book to a friend with a few reservations.
The plot definitely kept me interested and engaged in trying to figure out what would come next. Definitely lots of twists and turns to keep the reader coming back for more!
Loved her and (I'm really sorry) just HATED his voice. He did not sound remotely like the character described in the book. He would make a great simpering gay man in another story, but he was so far from Nick in this one that it really dampened my enthusiasm for the story. Not sure who cast him for this part but they really missed the mark!
I was always anxious to see what was coming next.
I liked the book although I felt the police investigation fell way short of the CSI perfection we've come to expect. The ending was unexpected, and I'm not sure I liked it, but I did find it an interesting choice by the author.
I'm not sure. The plot was completely ridiculous, yet I kept listening hoping it would get better.
No but I will definitely avoid this author if she publishes anything else.
They were both fine.
The premise was interesting.
I have no idea what all the fuss is about and I'm shocked that so many people rave about this book.
Well read, entertaining, but ultimately there are no appealing characters and didn't really feel worth all the time I spent listening to it. Little meaning in the end.
I don't know why books like this achieve such popularity. You will rarely find lead characters so unlikeable as those in this book. Maybe it is not the narrator's fault, but she really brings out the snarkiness in the husband and wife's observations -- they are snarky about EVERYTHING, big and little. Overall, it's a nasty piece of work. There is one - and in my opinion, only one - neat little twist in the plot. But other than that, spending so many hours in the company of these vain and annoying people is time I could've better spent so other way. I do, by the way, sometimes like mysteries featuring twisted or sociopathic characters (Ruth Rendell comes to mind) but this story pours it on too thick without any charm whatsoever.
The ending was horrible. The book was great up until the end.
I liked how they went back and forth between Amy's story and Nick's story.
Again, it was until the end.
Couldn't get enough. The plot twists were awesome. Then there was no justice. At the end she basically won. And she does not deserve to win.
This is one strange book. A woman plans her disappearance so that it appears her husband has murdered her. It is amazing how she plans it, and it seems so hopeless that her husband would be charged with her murder. Julia Whelan just cannot do a male voice. Her male voices are very feminine.
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