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 liked it - the 2 voices for the characters were great and they did a great job voicing the other characters in their naration.
Loved that the plot twist came just about when my interest started waning.
Seriously tied. Julia's was a bit tougher of a role, but enjoyed both.
I like a book that keeps me guessing, and 'Gone Girl' certainly did that... In many ways, it's the 'Scream' of crime-writing. A familiar setting, the woman who goes missing and the husband who everyone thinks did it... The difference here is that everyone, from the suspect to the cops to the witnesses have all read the same detective novels, and watched the same true crime-shows, that we have; they are all too well aware of the tropes and clichés of the script they find themselves enacting, and yet they seem unable to break out of it.
The narrators did a great job of conveying the characters they portrayed, the husband in the present reacting to his wife's disappearance and the ensuing suspicions; and the wife coming to us from beyond the grave as it were, in the form of her diary entries.
I recommend this whole-heartedly for any fan of the genre - it breaks with convention in ways that some will love and some will hate, but whatever your reaction, at least you'll have experienced something new; and that in itself is worth the price of admission.
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I haven't read the print but I can say the audible version is AMAZING
It kinda reminded me when you read transcripts of old letters, the intimacy and how she uses the diary format; but I haven't read something with this good storytelling in a while now!
Everything, such a great job!
You think you know a person, but you don't.
My Friend really liked it, but I felt like it was all a bit improbable. The ending left me feeling hopeless. It defiantly has intrigue and twists and turns, just a bit depressing for me.
They were both good.
I doubt it.
I just prefer something a little more up beat.
Well, not really too long, but when you expect the book to end and it ties all the loose ends up... then it goes on for another hour or more?? Then I was ready for it to finally be over.
The story and the narrators
When you realize who Amy is.
When Amy was pissed that her husband did not like who she really was. She pretended to have a different type of personality for the first few years of the marriage and when she decided to stop acting and be herself she was so mad that he did not love the real "Amy". It show her delusions perfectly. If she would have been herself when they first met, then Nick would never have married her; and somehow this is HIS fault!
The end. When you think he finally has her....then BAM!
Overall this was an excellent book. It did start out a little slow for me but at least it was still and interesting slow read. When the book begins to take-off, its hard to put down.
I am a journalist and editor. I help people write personal, persuasive essays. It's fun work!
Yes, to see what I missed the first time. No spoiler alert here, but this book made me gasp out loud at one point. You think you know what's going on at several points, but you never really do.
Yes! You never quite know whose story to believe. Even when one of the narrators tells you that he/she is lying, you don't know what to believe. It's almost like you are a character in the story and they are each trying to convince you of something.
You never know what goes on in other people's marriages.
I heard Reese Witherspoon has bought the rights and might produce this. She'd be an excellent Amy!
Yes, The Audio edition was great.
The story was so interesting and full of puzzles to solve and think of.
"Amy" was my favorite character by Julia Whelan.
The Perfect Crime.
Wow! I have listened and read at least a thousand books. But can Not ever remember wanting to scream out loud to please stop!!! And I mean this in a good way. I got to a point where I just wanted the Madness, nightmare, delusions to Stop. So Twisted, mind bendingly evil.
None I couldn't befriend any of them. I dread even thinking that people like this exist, but realise they must. That's why this novel if so brilliant.
They are perfect, perfect, perfect! They pull you in, noooo they suck you into the deceit. You want to love one and hate the other, but then it flips. Then you don't like either of them. I swear by the end I thought I was loosing my mind.
This book is so physiologically mind crippling that a film couldn't put all the emotionally disturbed twists together this perfectly. No way in hell, could it be done.
I want to recommend this book to everyone, but I can't because some people really, just should Not read it. Honestly if you've ever been severely emotionally tramatized in a relationship, this may be way too much. My not so bad, not perfect 30 yr marriage even seems creepy after reading this one.
I might recommend this book depending on the friend. It takes a while to get adjusted to all of the bickering and back and forth.
I don't think I would. I wasn't very invested in the characters. The twists were good but they'd be better if I cared more about the characters.
No, I have not listened to their other narrations but this narration was very good. Good voices, cadence, accents.
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