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)
It was not at all what I expected and I really enjoy not being able to predict what is going to happen in a book. It was eerie and creepy but a very creative novel.
Honestly I enjoyed both main characters disfunctional as they were. Gillian Flynn did a really great job of developing the characters.
Yes, I had a difficult time putting it down. I kept wanting to see what sick twist would take place.
After finishing this title I downloaded another of Gillian Flynn's novels, I hope it will be just as good.
yes-I did not want to stop listening...
Most-the two different perspectives & the change when Amy revealed her true personality
The ending reminded me of Dallas’s dream season (c. 1980s). After revealing such horrid character flaws, Amy earned her comeuppance, and Nick deserved to watch her suffer…so did the reader.
Have listened to Julia Whelan before and enjoyed her. Just didn't like this book.
Anger and boredom.
One of the best books I've listened to lately! Just when you think you've got it figured out, she throws you another curve ball.
Enjoyed listening to them both!
Didn't see the end coming.
They were very animated and their voices fit the characters.They handled all of the extreme language very well.
This book begins good, has excellent description of the marriage, good characterization, but the book becomes too full of cursing, twisted behavior, and boring.The end is a real bummer! My friends who have read the book warned me that it is really good, but the end ruins it.
Don't think that you can predict the direction this book is going...at any time. That was my favorite part. Once you are hooked, you are led from one place to another. I dare not say more.
The story and narration were excellent but I would not listen again, only because this book got under my skin in a way that I did not enjoy. I had to listen to the very end to find out how it turned out, but I was very ready to be finished with those characters.
Obviously the beginning of the major change in plot - not going to include any spoilers - was a jaw-dropping moment that I had not really anticipated. The storytelling is so skillful that you don't know exactly what to believe, and it keeps you fascinated even when you are disliking the characters as I grew to.
Honestly by the end of the book I was so thoroughly done with both of these characters that neither is my favorite. Go is probably the single likable character in the book all the way through. The two main characters deserved one another, I'll say that.
Not a date movie.
Worth a read, but be prepared to be thrilled, interested, and disgusted with people. Good mystery and definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. Very effective narration.
The experience of listening to Gone Girl was fine. I think it especially worked since the story was told by two characters, so we heard the story in "their voices".
I liked how the story went back and forth between the characters, between the past and present, and the twists and turns.
No, I have not listened to them before this.
My extreme reaction came at the end. I was really disappointed by the ending. I almost felt like my time had been wasted.
My book club chose this book. Even though I haven't decided whether or not I liked the book or not, I think we'll have a lot to discuss.
I was so excited to finally get the chance to listen to this book. People have been raving about it....I think it was beautifully narrated.... both narrators did an excellent job. I loved the book up until the end....I was so dissapointed at the end. To me it was a horrible ending to a great book. It just seemed.....off, and not because of how the book ended, but the way that it was written seemed rushed!
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