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)
You are missing out if you don't listen to this one. Great story and great narrators,I found it hard to hit the pause button.
I enjoy liking and rooting for a character in a book and I really did not find any of the characters likable.
While the twist where interesting, they where a bit disturbing and again there was noone to advocate for.
Nope, too depressing
It kept me listening and was well read, but i hated the end so much I wouldn't reccomend it.
former nuclear scientist
I was really impressed by this book. I didn't know what to expect, but just when you think you have the characters figured out and can predict them, Flynn throws you another twist - and they aren't gratuitous.
We are in the head of Nick, the husband of a woman who has gone missing, and Flynn has pulled off the trick of having us question the narrator. We have to wonder: is the missing woman a perfect, overachieving, suffering wife, or is she an unpleasant, judgmental, unhappy harridan? Is Nick just some confused and kind of smarmy innocent man, or is he a Midwestern Scott Peterson?
I really admired this book. The woman narrator, Julia Whelan, is phenomenal. The man is good, but doesn't really rise to her level (which I guess reflects the characters pretty well). Even though the ending is...surprising...I don't think you'll regret this listen.
Fun to listen to. A great thriller. Never saw it coming
As exciting a the first. "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Excellent. I liked having a man and a woman. It was right for this story
Definitely. I would suggest that she/he go with the story, rather than resist
I was compelled to keep reading to see how the story played out
Each reader was plausible as the character they played. They invited you to 'buy in' to who that character really was.
Interestingly, I was moved by two of the 'supporting cast'. Both the policewoman and Nick's sister moved me. They were led by the story as much as the reader was.
This is one of those rare tales that will leave you with your mouth hanging open at the end. It has more twists and turns than a pretzel with great character development and brilliant dual narration.
It left me with goosebumps! Really!
Without a doubt it is one of the best stories I have listened to in YEARS. Please give it a try if you like suspense and are not afraid to take a look at humanities dark side.
I have listened to over 500 stories in the last 4 years and this is by far one of the best! Top ten!
The story was so incredible, a "page" turner
More twist and turns than a Steve King novel
This is my first Gillian Flynn book and I am going to listen to more of them
Two great Narrators. I plan on finding books they've narrated.
The twists and turns. The back and forth views from each perspective as the days progress
No I have not
It was one of my "take a chance" book choices. Jackpot! :-)
Fat Chick getting Fit!
What a page turner....full of wild twists but the ending left me angry! I enjoyed every minute I listened to it.
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