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)
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
Near the top. I would listen until I could not keep my eyes open and then could not fall asleep when I quit listening.
I felt sorry for Amy and hated Nick, then I felt sorry for Nick and hated Amy. In the end I don't know if I liked or hated either of them.
I've not listened to them before. I thought they did an excellent job. I am not usually one that likes more than one narrator but it really was necessary for this story and I enjoyed it.
How about the title of Nick's book...Psycho Bit#$%!
The ending was a little tame compared to the story, but I was enthralled to the very end.
A coworker recommended this book and from the second I started reading it, I could not turn it off. I loved the changing perspectives from the female and male lead and the twists and turns along the way. Consistently kept me guessing. Exciting, entertaining read.
Yes! The drama was intense and the plot twists were well executed. I thought I could see what was coming a couple of times and I'm happy to say that I was wrong. This was a good yarn...well wrought!
No....but the voices were superb. Especially Julia Whelan...her Amy was "amazing" on every level. At first you loved Amy....so sweet. Then you hated her. And on some crazy level...you admired her. Whelan got it just right.
I must admit, at the start I did not think I would enjoy the book. I was not overly excited about the sound of the voices or the use of two narrators. It took me a few chapters to get used to and it ended up working quite well. I ended up enjoying the book very much and was really drawn in by it. It is an interesting cross between a noir and psychological thriller. I did not want to stop listening to the book and found myself taking round about ways home and to work just to listen longer. I really enjoyed it, it you buy it, just wait a few chapters and you will be drawn in as the story and characters come to life.
A better ending.
I don't necessarily need an entirely conclusive ending for all books. Some of my favorite books don't have a complete conclusion and leave you thinking.
But this...I feel like it's such a trend now--to just end a book suddenly.
It makes it feel completely pointless. I don't know if it's thought to be the "new" thing now although it's not new, it's been done for a very long time now. But I feel like I am coming across too many that try to make a statement or something--which is exactly it, that I don't know what the author is even trying to do because it feels pointless.
It's a very fine line to know how to end to "keep the reader thinking and/or making their own conclusion" and making the reader feel cheated (as another reviewer has noted).
That is exactly how I felt--cheated and duped.
After all the hours spent with the book and then...the end made it feel like a big waste of time.
Even though I loved most of the book and the experience. It was really hard to tear myself away from it because you kept wanting to know what happens and then the end leaves you at a cliff hanger and frustrated.
Not sure yet. I wish I could find another new book as good as Mountains of the Moon.
Awesome performance. They did really well at nuances.
The end. Of course. It was annoying.
The problem for me was not that it was too dark. I like books about really messed up people.
I really liked these characters. Especially since I know these kind of people. Not to the absolute extreme like Amy, but still eerily manipulative, controlling, and wickedly smart.
So I like reading books like this because it is cathartic. Therefore, I can see that Flynn is masterful at portraying psychologically sick people. And yet, I would rather have not read the book because it just felt pointless.
Unless there is a sequel. That didn't end like this book. Then I would read it.
Maybe...I liked the story..but the ending really puttered out. I waited a long time to get this book. I had it on my wish list for a while...and I read all the reviews..So..while it built to something great...the ending could have been much better...
This book was recommended to me by a friend who said I just HAD to read it. Well, I'm pretty sure I could have lived my whole life without this story bopping around in my head. It's just "that" kind of disturbing that lingers in the brain for a long while and pops up when you least expect it. It definitely made me think! However, I did actually like the story and the performances are really fantastic. I found both main characters to be unlikable and generally icky but yet I just HAD to know what happened next. Great writing, wonderful performance, intriguing story.
I thought for a while that this was a relatively benign story. A twist early on, however, gave it a little more interest. But then I was not happy with the extent to which the sleazy descriptions that Amy used found their way into the story. I believe the attempt was to portray her as a lowlife - a crude and vicious woman, contrary to her public "good girl" persona and to develop a personality that the reader would find unsavory and to dislike. Well it accomplished that. I have read many stories of all types with all sorts of characters in them. In Gone Girl, I unfortunately found myself cringing a couple of times finding the relative vulgar terms a distraction from the story. This was a tale of an extraordinarily devious individual that crafted nearly a perfect crime and left it more or less up to the reader to determine the real ending. It was an ok story but I probably would not recommend it.
No. If I found parts of it offensive I would not want to risk having someone else subjected to that too.
I think that they were all weak.
This is my number one for the year!
I was totally on edge; you hear it all the time.....can't put it down. You literally cannot put this down. I was up til 3am one day while on a great vacation, because I had to know what happens/ed.
Both. I was rooting for Kirby the whole time.
You just loved to hate Julia Whenlan that conniving bitch!
No did not plan to but practically happened.
You HAVE to read/listen to this book.
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