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)
I really do not want to waste time writing a review because I spent so much time listening to a bad book. Lots of sick thinking and doing with no outcome My advice...listen to something else.
They are excellent with the lit they had to work with.
Anger and disappointment
Don't read or listen to it.
I did not care for the writing style of this book. Could have been half as long if the author did not babble on and on just to seem clever.
This was a crazy story, the people are crazy! Had to keep listening to could see how it ended. Creepy and Crazy!
I could not stop listening to this. Good thing I was on vacation most of the time. My 23 year old daughter recommended it to me and I am almost 60. We both loved it.
The narration goes back and forth between the husband's voice and the missing wife's voice through diaries. Fascinating.
Many plots twists. Some fantastic adjectives that really paint a picture. I don't know if this is Gillian Flynn's only book, but I am going to check.
No. The story was interesting, but I found it a bit "over the top."
Lots of projection.
Don't remember that I had one.
No extreme reaction. Just, "Really?"
Not my type of story. Interesting enough, but not a page-turner for me.
The ending was so disappointing. I prefer stories in which characters get what's coming to them. Instead, the poor child will probably end up as screwed up as the parents.
Fabulous! The first part of the book was a bit tedious but it sets the foundation for the roller coaster. Its the chug chug chug up the incline and then BAM you tip over the top and WOW! Perfectly done.
This was an entertaining crime novel that did make me want to keep reading, though if I'd lost the book I may not have re-purchased it. I liked it, and it will be a somewhat entertaining film, but am puzzled about those who put it on lists of the best 100 books, best books of the year and so on. The outcome is just not that original, the plot has been written before, the characters are not special. It is a pretty good read, but not fine literature by any means.
good, great, then WHAT?
Julia was amazing. She brought Amy to life in a way that made you really like and hate her. Kirby didn't do a lot for me.
The ending was good and bad all at the same time. I am anxious to see the movie since Gillian wrote the screenplay for it. I'm curious to see if she will end the movie the same way she ended the book. If that is the case, I don't see the movie doing well at the box office.
The best so far.
The two narrators.
In search for another as good.
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