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)
Physician and Educator
I wasn't sure that I would like this book but less than one chapter in and I was hooked. Ms. Flynn, the author has a great style that lends itself perfectly to the Audible format. Ms. Whelan and Mr. Heyborne did an excellent job with this book. The chapters were the perfect length and always made me want to listen to "just one more". The turns and twists in the plot, told by the main characters are fabulous. I can recommend this book without hesitation because it held my interest from start to finish. Can't wait to read more by Ms. Flynn.
Yes, any book I really like I listen to again. I am a big John Sandford fan and I have listened to all 23 Prey books at least twice each.
Nick, because I relate to him. Had same type of parents.
I don't usually like female authors, but this Gillian Flynn is wicked, dark, and brilliant. She is going to be a huge name.
It was difficult to like either of the two main characters because of whom they were (are). The characters are extremely well-written and developed. That's how I could understand their sick, twisted minds so well or at least try to figure them out. Of Nick and Amy, I liked Amy the least. The smartest secondary character was Boney, the female detective --- she seemed to have some common sense.
Kirby's voice/dialect changes for different characters were good and better than Julia's efforts. However, Julia's voice inflections used when Amy braved on herself and on her own intelligence and skills made me dislike Amy Elliott Dunn even more.
Never trust your spouse.
A five-star review is often defined as amazing. "Gone Girl," a novel by Gillian Flynn, is indeed amazing, mostly because of the amazing Amy Elliott Dunne.
The mark of an intense, imaginative author (Some reviewers call Flynn creepy) is that she has the mastery to make the reader either strongly like or dislike a character. Strong character development does not turn up lukewarm; it has to be either hot or cold. This reader took an immediate dislike to the selfish, manipulative Amy Elliott Dunn, Nick Dunne's antagonist, his wife of five years.
I would nominate Amy as one of the coldest females in modern fiction, and, perhaps, the cheating Nick as one of the most vulnerable, flawed males. To me, what is truly remarkable about storytelling (and maybe real life) is that some may disagree and consider Amy Elliott Dunne the hero.
The work is written in first-person and told almost tit-for-tat by Amy and Nick. It includes enough foreshadowing and foreboding to make the unexpected plot twists plausible.
This is my first Flynn novel. I was drawn to "Gone Girl" by a recent article in "Entertainment Weekly," detailing production of the movie version and the author's involvement.
My one criticism of the story is that it ended too soon. Maybe the movie will fix that.
The narrators are awesome. Their voices fit what the character would sound like in real life.
The story kept you on the edge of your seat and all you wanted to do was listen to find out what happened next. Unfortunately, the ending was not what I expected. That was my least favorite part of the book.
I hope the movie has a much better ending!
The narrators did a good job. They won't become your new faves, but they did a fine job of convincing you to feel the way you needed to about each character (trying not to give away any potential spoilers). I'd listen to them again.
As for Gillian Flynn, she had my rapt attention all the way up to the last turn of events. I thought I had found a new set of works to devour and was planning to add every title she offered into my library when I was done with this book - I couldn't stop listening! The plot had wonderful twists and the author wove insightful characters throughout. But the end was so utterly disappointing I won't try her again.
I thought she did a great job developing the psychological layers of her characters. All I can think is that by the end she got too caught up in trying to be uber-sophisticated with their conclusion. The best word that describes the ending is, well, lame. No one wants to see a great story turn predicable but Flynn tried too hard to be unconventional and wound up being utterly lame. This book will leave you totally unfulfilled and even annoyed.
The narrators were wonderful. I liked the way they switched between the male and female voices. They made the characters really come to life.
I would definitely recommend this book. It was a great story masterfully written!
Life is too short to waste on bad authors.
It was slow to get into and get interested with the characters. The second part is where it really picks up. I think what detracted me was how self-centered/self-involved both Amy and Nick were with each other.
It felt like they brought the characters to life; despite how despicable both characters were.
Not really no.
The end was a cop out on Nick's part, in my opinion. That's all I can say without spoiling it for prospective readers.
With the best of them!
There are so many places in this story where I was thinking one thing, and then was surprised with "oh my gosh no way !"
Seeing how both of these characters make you feel as crazy as they are made me enjoy both of them however if I had to choose sides I like Kirby's more .
Yes! The constant twists and turns has made me more interested in reading more books in this category that is not my typical MO
Possibly. I always give an author more than one shot.
The plot was very twisted--I was annoyed at the ending--but overall, the story was engaging and kept me on my toes.
While this book was not for me, it was not badly written--just left me feeling disappointed and led-on. I was very displeased with the lack of resolution of conflict for the main character--but, for some readers, this might be a very pleasing twist on the presumed outcome of the story. ?? Who knows?
Part of my job is cleaning vacation rental homes so while doing so I love to listen to books! Mystery books and suspense are the BEST!
I would have to put this as my favorite story to date. The story, the voices, etc. SUPER!!
They are perfect. Voices they make...the way they tell the story...BEYOND good reading!
This is a MUST for anyone who loves audio books!!
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