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)
The narration was excellent! Amy was dangerously intelligent. I felt sorry for and liked Nick even though he continually made poor decisions. This book was well thought out and written. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down.
There are many moments that stick out for me but not because something good happened. For instance when Nick first started to realized what Amy had done. It was amazing how Amy thought of everything and even had a backup plan.
These narrator's are by far the best I've heard! I finally listened to a book where a man was narrated by a male and a woman by a female. Nick's and Amy's voices were perfect! The secondary voices weren't so great but I thoroughly enjoyed the narration anyway.
A marriage thought to be over forces Nick and Amy to weave a web full of lies, hate and mistrust. Believing that love still lives in the other they are reunited only to learn that a darkness lives in each and that they cannot be apart.
I truly enjoyed the narration of this book; awesome job!! I will look for other books narrated by Julia and Kirby.I was very dissappointed in the ending. I really wanted Nick to break free and find someone else to bring out the best in him. I can understand why it ended the way it did...I just didn't like it. Quite tragic in a way. Maybe ii'd have liked it if Amy had changed and she sincerely loved Nick instead of forcing him to be who she wanted.
I would listen again, just for the performances.
60/40 predictable to shocking twists. I never cared that I knew what was coming.
...I can't tell you that :)
I loved the book - it was a little slow starting out but well worth hanging in there for. Not at all what you expect.
The twists and turns are incredible.
The story line keeps you guessing what is going to happen next...
I liked the switch back and forth from the male and female voices that the narrators did. It really helped to display the emotions of the characters.
I dropped my jaw at the end!!!
Everything... I love the entire story... really messes with your head. I couldn't stop listening. I would listen to it again for sure. It's so twisted I might have missed something.
I love the voices... absolutely perfect for the story.
Absolutely... hard to stop driving (I listen in my car)
This is the type of book you want to share with others... so you can talk about it!!!!
Very well written book with an unconventional way of storytelling. Kept me interested in the way the story developed
Great twist in the story and the ending is not what I was expecting or hoping.
Both Amy and Nick are well written characters that throughout leave you liking and disliking them equally
The ending is unconventional and left me agitated.
Wow - This is the first book I have read that made me cringe, in a good way. Very good and very unexpected. The author goes to great lengths to explain every detail and it all pulls together in the end. I would definatly recommend this book!
I read and enjoy all genres of books, and this book ranks up there in the top 10.
This story kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.
It scene in the shed when the truth is realized.
I enjoyed the book so much, but I hated the ending. I think if I was writing this story I would have ended it differently. This is the reason I did not give the book a 5.
This story would make a great movie!
My first Gillian Flynn novel. Had me from beginning to end. Continuous twists and turns. You could not predict what was going to happen. At times you were holding your breath; next you were dying laughing. I'm not sure I wanted it to end. Amy was truly AMAZING! Super job on narration by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne. They really brought the characters alive. Well done, Gillian Flynn. I will be looking for more books by this author.
I can't think of a thing. This book was selected by my wife for a road trip. BIG mistake for just about any guy and she couldn't finish it either. This book was so bad even my wife after struggling through the first part, thinking it was a one part book, said oh no no no and shut it off. Neither of us could finish the book. No real story other than a missing wife in the first third of the book.
I do not intend to sound like a sexist but, this is purely a Chick Book. It is all about characters feelings and emotions and what did she/he mean by that, oh my god how can she deal with that, how does that make you feel and why do you feel that way, how will that effect your relationship blah blah blah.
Yes, very much so.
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