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 would definitely recommend this book. When immersed in a good mystery, I always enjoy being able to play the part of a detective. I love piecing together clues and trying to predict what comes next. This book keeps you guessing right to the end.
Both main characters (Nick and Amy) are my favorite characters. They are so dynamic. Just when you think you know them, something pops up to make you question who they really are.
I have only listened to the audiobook and have not read the text, so I feel I can't really answer this question appropriately or with any certainty.
I will say, however, that I was partial to Kirby's narration over Julia's. It seemed to me that the male narrator was just a little better at portraying the emotional and intense parts of the story.
This was a story that I wanted to finish in one sitting. I didn't because of its length, but if I could've listened to it straight through from beginning to end, I would have.
I look forward to seeing how the movie compares with the book. Since a lot of the book is written in first person or like a memoir, I worry that it will not translate well to the big screen.
I liked the insight into each character. At first I want to jump through the pages and shake Nick because he seems so evasive and seems not to realize that his actions are suspicious. And then there is Amy who in the beginning seems so happy and in love and joyful. She seems to really enjoy life and respects people and family. She seems to be the girl everyone wants to be around.
666 Park Avenue and this is only because things are not what they seem. The good is really bad and the bad turns out to be trying to do the right thing.
I have always been a fan of Julia Whelan, just look at my library of books I have purchased in the past. She knows how to narrate a story and make you feel as if you are walking along the street with her or seeing things from her point of view or rather the characters point of view. But for this one I have to say that I applaud Kirby Heyborne because he made the reader literally dislike Nick in the beginning. He was critical of himself and you believed that wow this is a guy that really knows how to come off wrong, all wrong. And in the end you find yourself cheering him on and hoping he would win, yes win. When he wakes up and figures out that he has been the fool you think 'FINALLY' and you hope that he will start doing the right things and he does so you can't help but to cheer him on.
A love story gone awry.
I can not stress enough how it was a slow book to start out and then I literally could not stop listening to the story. I found myself thinking about possible endings and what would happen if scenarios. In the end I wasn't disappointed however neither was I surprised at the outcome. Not to say that it was expected but after listening to this cat and mouse game being told, its easy to guess the last chapter.
Voracious bookworm who's sanity has been threatened by commuting and the occasional commercial flight. Audible to the rescue!
Having heard quite a bit of praise about this author (and with the knowledge that this particular book is about to be released as a movie) I thought I'd finally give her a try. I wonder now whether that was a mistake. The hallmark of every worthy novelist is their capacity to "flesh out" the characters they create - respecting each one's flaws as much as, if not more than, their virtues. But basing entire personalities upon some of the vilest aspects of human nature seems a bit over the top.
Don't get me wrong, I love a gritty thriller as much as the next person - more, in fact, since such tales are my preference. I just never expected that any novel could create such a profound need to shower after reading it.
Is that how all of her books are? I mean, I'd love to get a better sense of her as an author but... [shudder]...I'm not sure my stomach can handle any more emotional sludge like this.
The first half was very good, even some of part 2. But the rest started to drag on and then the ending made me with I had never read it at all!
I think I read Gone Girl is going to be a movie and their going to change the ending. I might go see it if they actually do change it.
Love books, listen to 3-4 books a week, thriller and true crimes favorite.
Easy read, mindless. Nothing chilling about it, no mystery, no thriller, just a story with a somewhat who done it, at best.
Yes, I really do look like my picture.
Yes, the actors did a wonderful job bringing life to the characters.
I'm not sure who I loved to hate more--Nick or Amy. They were both deliciously demented and wonderfully described.
Yes, because it will take you away
Excellent dialog among the characters, very real
emotion, and the great ability to tell the story with fabulous acting/voice over skill
I think each part was equally riveting, and we listened intently from morning till dusk 2 days in a row.
Highly recommended audio book, that will engross you.
Wife, mom of one amazing son, and I have the second best job in the world, working in a bookstore :)
It would depend on the friend. This isn't a story for everyone, it deals with some quite dark characters and situations
The twists and turns
I guess it would have to be Amy, not because I thought she was a great person, but she was definitely the most interesting and well developed character
Yes and I did manage to listen to it over 3 days. Thank goodness for 2x speed :)
This book is amazing and I have recommended it to everyone. It absolutely grabs you and doesn't let you go no matter how many times it twists and turns.
My favorite part was the first big reveal when I realized that someone wasn't at all who I thought. It turned the whole story upside down!
They were fantastic. I felt like they were the characters and that they were just chatting with me. I will definitely be looking for other things they've done.
I'm a writer and a yoga teacher with a Masters in English Literature.
Intriguing, surprising, delightful
Every time the story twisted and turned was memorable. As a reader you really got to watch your expectations keep changing. Gillian Flynn offers an interesting feminist perspective in the book which really gets you thinking. She doesn't let you get away with a "normal" story. That being said, I wasn't thrilled about the way it ended. The intricate, careful story sort of fell apart in the last few threads. Overall though it was a great listen.
I don't want to give away any of the plot twists, but there's a despicable character that I ended up having a strange kind of respect for. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters, they were so much more complex than when you first get to know them.
Yes, I have never been so obsessed with finishing an audiobook. Usually I listen on my commute and when I'm walking my dog, but with this one I'd get home and make excuses to clean my house so I could keep listening. I didn't laugh or cry but I was so fascinated with what was going on.
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