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)
This was certainly intriguing! I found myself rooting for one character and then the other. This story is sure to captivate you and even drive you to self reflection. It is entertaining, moves quickly and does not disappoint.
If you like watching Keeping up With the Kardashians because you think their lives are glamorous and enviable, and their petty dramas are fascinating and relatable, you might enjoy listening to this book.
Written about people I find less annoying? Nick is painfully self-conscious and constantly bumbling, if he'd relax and find ways to connect with other people, he wouldn't have the problems he has... and Amy is a horrible human being. If I met her in real life, I'd go out of my way to avoid her in any context.
Honestly, this book is so unpleasant to listen to in traffic that I can't pin point one specific thing.
Disappointment. I was hoping for a murder mystery, not the inside of the mind of a vapid b$t@h and her husband.
Seriously, don't listen to this book in traffic. The only thing worse than sitting in traffic is sitting in traffic while listening to a privileged, neurotic, selfish princess complain about her husband not taking enough time to celebrate their anniversary.
This book starts slow, but heats up about a third of the way through and I couldn't stop listening. The ending almost ruined the book for me. It left me mad for days, hell I'm still a little pissed over it.
Wife, mother, working girl, and book addict! Love a good fiction, series, romance, sci-fi, or mystery thriller!
This is one of the best! Maybe right behind Inferno by Dan Brown.
Nick was my favorite. I could just feel his frustration! I hate that "nothing you can do about it" feeling.
Nope, first one. Cherry popped!
True love never did run smooth.
My favorite parts were the little bits of truth and comparison throughout the story. There were so many things that were relatable about all of the characters that I found myself saying, "yea, that's just like me" to all of them. Such great backstory and character development! Loved it to pieces!!!
did not read the print version
the two character aspect of their life
NO extreme reaction until the end, what a terrible ending, like the author got tired of writing or it got too long
I enjoyed the experiece of forming an opinion of one of the characters, only to have that flip once I had more information. Each time you think you figure it out, another turn of surprise. What a fun story and a fun ride. didnt want it to end.
The lake house scene.
So much of it.
Listened like a crazy person. Really well written,
Listening while I run.
This is well done - by Flynn and by the narrators. It is over the top at times but it kept my interest. Great twists and turns but there's not a redeeming character to be found.
Less than half way through I was thinking, I can't believe someone hasn't made a movie out of this! A husband who has lost interest in his marriage and has an affair. Wife disappears under suspicious circumstances. Husband is accused of killing wife. I know, I know, you've heard it before but NOT like this. Trust me, this is not your run of the mill murder story.
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