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)
Gone Girl is a terrific read (listen) with a little bit of everything! Love, suspense, mystery and lots of twists! My only complaint is the curse the use of the F word in the book. The book would have been just as good if the F word was replaced by simply saying sex. But that is a huge hangup of mine in the real world too! Anyway great book overall!
This was the first book I have ever read where none of the main characters appears to have any redeeming qualities. I wanted to like, and sympathize with, Nick, and then I wanted to like, and sympathize with Amy, but soon realized neither was very likable, nor worthy of sympathy.
I liked that the story was told from both sides, and found this an interesting aspect.
I thought both narrators did an excellent job with all the characters, but I didn't have a favorite in the book.
To me, no. I stuck with it till the end, but was disappointed by the conclusion as it seemed no one really "paid for their sins". There were no real consequences for their actions.
I know the book has averaged 4.5 to 5 stars and this was one of the reasons I chose it. While I found the premise interesting, there were more reasons to dislike both the main characters than there were to like and sympathize with either of them. I wish I had not wasted a credit.
The only reason I would is because they are making it into a movie. It wasn't a hard read. Good for the beach, but not really that deep.
The book has two alternating narrators. As you read on, you realize one of them (or both) is a sad liar. Neither of the main characters was likeable to me, and I just ended up not caring what happened to them since they were both awful people.
Probably not. If this is indicative of her style, glorified beach novels, I'd rather not. It's interesting, but I didn't really get anything out of it.
Not bad. Not good. Murder mystery beach novel.
Intelligent, Twists, Captivating
Yes, just when I thought I had it figured out, a part of the story made me change my mind. This occurred often until the very end.
I was impressed by the rave reviews of other reviewers and gambled a credit. I did listen (albeit painfully) clear to the end. Yes, this story is demented. First half is somewhat boring, 2nd half has a little more action. Narration is too slow for my taste. Others may truly enjoy this book but the genre isn't one of my favorites.
I was taken aback by the story line. It was suspenseful and sad. I would not recommend it.
I don't think I would be willing to invest the amount of hours in this author's work. While it was well written and the style in the book was interesting. I don't like sad stories with no real good conclusion.
Avid Reader in TN
I believe the voices added a nice element to the story. Amy was especially "amazing".
I liked Detective Boney and Margo the best as they both seemed really interested in finding out the guilty culprit AND the most sane.
Julia Whelan did a fabulous job as Amy. Really brought her to life for me. Kirby was great as Nick, but I didn't enjoy his female voices as much.
Well, I was pretty upset about something close to the end, but by the last line, I had to laugh out loud!
At first I thought the book was great for any newlyweds because it shows how quickly a union that is not properly tended to can go from "You are the perfect match for me" to "how could I have EVER thought this person was for me?" in a couple of years. You can't get too comfortable in your happiness that you don't do the work required to keep it going. Communication is key. Once some of the extreme psychological twistedness came out, I found it a fascinating read on how some people's minds work! Scary stuff for sure!
I enjoyed the narration and also the story. It had many twists and turns and I was often quite surprised at where the book headed.
I liked once the book started to inform the reader what happened to "Gone Girl"
Suspense, Intrigue and Deception!
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.
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