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 story captures interest and is well narrated. However, the characters are so very dark, dysfunctional, and outright crazy that is hard to get pass and give the story the credit it may deserve. I think if there were any sane, normal or nice characters I would have liked this better. This novel was just absolutely too dark to me.
It has its twists, It is a simple reading book, At the beginning the Narrators were showing lots of excitement in their voice for something that should have been simple and no emotions so it was frustrating. The book is interesting though I should confess that reviews were making it look like more , it is not extraordinary to me but enjoyed reading it.
I think that it was an excellent move to have both a male and a female narrator.
I like Nick Dunne, because the reader seems to be at the same pace as he is for a while, in terms of trying to figure out what the heck is going on. But then, as you find out more about the character, he becomes three-dimensional in a very real way. That is, he seems normal. His thoughts and mannerisms and faults are all so honest that it's hard not to like him. Even if you want to.
Their reading evolves and matures as your impression of the characters does. When you learn something new about a character, it's like the next time you hear their voice, you can tell something has changed. If it comes to light that he or she has done something very bad, the voice sounds a little darker...
I extremely loved this book. I have not loved anything this much since Raw Shark Texts. The book is smarter than me. The author and the story and the characters are. I was delighted with how often I was surprised by what happened next. I could never quite figure anything out before the characters did- I was guessing right up until the end, and it was wonderfully refreshing.
If you decide not to listen to this as an audiobook, at least do yourself the favor of purchasing and reading the physical book. It is such an amazing book, and the relationship between the characters is something totally new. In a world of myriad cookie-cutter books (especially mysteries), this is one which will renew your faith in modern fiction.
I didn't love this book. Too much of the f*** word and an overall negative atmosphere. I did enjoy the points of view from the man and the wife. A good writing style. I got to where I just didn't want to get back to it. Too negative and depressing. By the time I bailed out there weren't enough redeeming qualities. I was just over 1/3 into it.
Books books books
2 narrators and an awesome story line
Heck yes... By his wife being a total nut job
No not yet
This book is twisted dark weird crazy and wonderful. I cant even say how screwed up these characters are u'll just have to find out on ur own. READ!!
Suspenseful, clever, fast-paced
It had strong character development, and both of the main characters were flawed (often unlikeable yet relatable), and whom I was rooting for changed as the story progressed
Amy - she was awesome
I hated the ending of this book. I really DO like it when the bad guys get punished and those in the white hats ride off into the sunset.
The writing was great. The performance was good. The story line was exhausting.
Throughout the book I kept worrying about the author. I'm not sure what kind of mind comes up with this stuff. It was worthy of an Alfred Hitchcock episode with all the twists and turns but, nevertheless, I found it all to be troubling.
They were very believable in the roles of Nick and Amy.
Yeah. This book makes me look more closely at the people around me. From the Nick and Amy experience, I've learned that all is NOT how it appears to be.
All in all not a great book. I would not buy this one again. (The good news is, I don't have to. I already know how it ends.)
While the book was interesting enough and had enough momentum to finish, I was sincerely disappointed in the ending. It did not feel like the book was over. Why create such awful characters and invest readers in the story if it goes nowhere? Wonderful voice performance though.
"I'm not drunk, I have MS".
Interesting, plot-driven, Twists and turns
Yes, because you can get sucked into it easily enough.
I can not pick a favorite. Both were amazing with inflections in all the right places and cleverly enough to keep you guessing. Great job by both.
I think I was moved or in complete shock over the ending.
I don't want to give anything away, but will say that this is one hellofa ride.
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