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 love mystery thrillers and this one was worth every second. To those that say the beginning was slow, let me say that good things come to those who wait. The character development was flawless and the characters real. It was an unexpected twist to the thriller genre and saying too much would be a spoiler. Gillian Flynn has a unique insight in the dark side and a slick understanding of human nature at it's worst. You won't be disappointed with this one, I promise!
I liked the dual performance, and the story keeps you coming back for more with all of the twists and turns. It's hard to turn off!
The unexpected twist and turns in this book kept me on edge till the very end....
I enjoyed this audiobook. It was a very interesting and engaging story. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Both narrators did a wonderful job with their parts as well as bringing out the personalities of the characters.
The ending was unexpected.
All characters were well developed.
The narrators were excellent especially Julia who does snarky to perfection. At first I wished he would speak faster but after a few chapters that was over. You cannot out guess this author as to what Amy is up to at all. My question is....when is the sequel coming out....don't leave us hanging.
Great ride; never dull!! Well read. Drags on a little at the end but this is my only complaint. Well worth reading.
This is the best book I've read or listened to in the last year. I was a little hesitant since the reviews were so good for this book, both on audible and around the water cooler. The beginning feels like every husband-killed-his-wife story but them *BAM* the story changes in a dynamic and unpredictable way and you're hooked until the end. I've recommended this book to a dozen people since finishing and I wish one of them would hurry up and finish so we could talk about it!!
I LOVE Amy's character. She's calculating and crafty and each time her narration began a surprise or clue was unfolded.
I don't want to give this one away, but it was a jaw-dropping game changer. If you've read the book, you know that moment. If you haven't, listen to the audio and you'll know this moment too. ;)
No, the beginning felt like a tired story I've heard before. But if you get through the first bit, you can't stop listening. Suddenly, you have no idea what is happening or going to happen next.
I am SO TIRED of books full of unlikeable characters. Is this the new trend? Between this and Defending Jacob it seems all the rage right now! The narrating is excellent, particularly "Amy", but didn't make up for a dragging and exhausting plot. And hating everyone just gets so old.
This book was my first credit. I had been searching for a good book to spend that first credit on and decided on this, still not sure if I would enjoy it much.
I loved it! It was different from crime stories I had read before and I really enjoyed it. Now, after having read Sharp Objects and Dark Places, Gone Girl is my least favourite Gillian Flynn book, but most people seem to like Gone Girl the most.
Gillian Flynn is an amazing writer, I have never been so lost in a book before I read one of her novels, and now that I have read all she's written I'm desperate to find books I find equally good. You could say Gillian Flynn has ruined me for other books.
Check Good Girl out, enjoy it and make sure to read Flynn's other books, Sharp Objects and Dark Places as well.
Lifetime lover of fiction!
Loved this one! Such a gem of a story, I didn't want to stop listening. The narrators were both spot on and became the characters completely. It seems lately I can't find that book which just grabs you and you enjoy it so much...they're usually just...ehhh. This was a rare find for me. A book I'd actually listen to again...and again. Not an eye-rolling, predictable story at all...my first Gillian Flynn novel, nicely plotted story. So nice that the first novel of the year was so great!
Uh...YEAH! Don't really want to spoil the plot...everyone who loves suspense/psychological thrillers should really go in fresh (as I did) and enjoy all of the surprises and plot twistes it has to offer. It's really a great read!
They don't ruin it like some narrators can...they were both well suited for the characters. Like a great movie with an awesome cast.
Didn't make me cry (it was a little close though)...I kinda chuckled in a few places and was just stunned by the depth of the characters.
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