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)
AFTER THE FIRST FEW CHAPTERS IT WAS HARD TO STOP.....
MOST, IF NOT ALL, OF THE CHARACTERS WERE DESPICABLE AND INCREDIBLY FLAWED HUMAN BEINGS......TO BE ABLE TO PAINT SUCH A PICTURE, THOUGH, IN WORDS, IS BRILLIANT.
IN HINDSIGHT, THE WHOLE BOOK. BUT, THE FIRST FEW CHAPTERS, NOT KNOWING WHAT EXACTLY WOULD HAPPEN LATER, WERE VERY SLOW.
YES, IT MADE ME CRINGE WITH DISGUST...ENTERTAINING DISGUST.
Great writing style, I liked how it really kept the reader guessing what the real story was without giving much away up front. Then revealing bits and pieces as it progresses to put the puzzle together. Unfortunately for me, the picture that came together in the end left me very unsatisfied. I know that is part of the draw of the book for many people, but for me it was a very unfulfilling end to the story. That's all I can say without spoilers.
Surprising. Compelling. Fresh.
The twisting and turning of the characters personality was unexpected and fabulous.
Amy disclosing her true personality.
I wasn't prepared for the turn of events when Amy planned her own murder.
I was late a couple of times while I sat in my car and didn't want to quit listening. Each chapter had surprises and kept me guessing. The book gave me a couple of ideas in case my husband stops being attentive!!
I did not enjoy listening to this book. But it was highly recommended and we needed something to help us get through a road trip. So we were essentially committed to listening to two spoiled adults complain about each other for hours and hours. The book had some interesting twists, but overall it was like being stuck in the car with a bickering married couple. Not fun.
The ending was hopelessly unbelievable.
The Nick character was flat.
Be nicer to my husband.
I don't understand why this was the novel to read this summer.
For me, Gone Girl started out slow. I found my mind drifting and would realize that I hadn't been paying attention for awhile. I thought the writing was almost overdone, or like it was trying too hard, that it was being too witty, and then little by little, the book drew in my interest. I no longer found the writing overdone. It felt engaging and full of texture. I sat at the edge of my seat, chewing on my nails, thinking I knew the characters and then realizing that I didn't. It happened again and again. I'd find excuses to listen when I normally wouldn't because I had to figure them out. The book drove me to know what was truly going on, and whenever I felt like I had a firm footing, it tore the carpet from underneath me. I look for books I can't put down, and this was one of them.
I loved the narrators, and I am insanely picky on narrators. They both did a superb job and left nothing lacking. They portrayed these horrible, ruined, two-faced people quite beautifully.
I noticed some complaints that people had. One was that the characters were so horrible. I found that strangely thrilling, to see how depraved they could be. When I thought they couldn't get worse, they did, and it pulled me more into the story. I was able to suspend my disbelief and happily delve into their demented lives.
A second complaint was the ending. I won't try to ruin anything, but the ending was a sweet awfulness, the kind of ending that makes you want to tear your hair out, and I liked that. Sometimes you need a book to kick you in the kidney and leave you a frustrated mess because it means that, for awhile, you lived in that world and that you cared enough to be angry at it turning out a way that you didn't want.
Overall, I loved it and now face the daunting task of trying to spend my credits on something just as good.
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!!
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