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)
The narration was done very well, their voices made it very easy to follow the story
I almost gave up on the story and thought it was a bit slow, when BAM there's one heck of a twist in the story... Had to finish it then... Kept me hanging to the end!
Both performances were very well done
Amy is a spoiled little whiny girl and I didn't care for her, but considering the story as a whole... maybe that's what is expected :)
Very Well Done!
Full Time Mom, Full Time Employee, Wife and hopefully much more. Haven't read an actual book since I was pregnant 5 years ago. Now I have time to "read" everyday with audio books!
MORE (as in I want more)
I dont have one. Best book I've "read" in a long time.
There was one particular scene where I found myself saying outloud - YES GOOD FOR YOU AMY!
Definitely. Both of the narrators were amazing. Wonderful how it switched back and forth. More than one "shocker" in the book. Twists and turns in so many ways. Really makes you FEEL. I HOPE there is a sequel!
Interesting characters; plot; crisp writing; fewer attempts to use the thesaurus to make it sound like good writing. Cut out about half of the book and write concisely and give meaning where there was none. It was ridiculously slow-paced and I could not wait for it to be over. And yet, as terrible as it was, I wanted to see how it would be resolved, knowing that there would not be a resolution. Right I was. The bad thing about audiobooks is that you can't skip to the last page!
Nothing by this author! Anything would be better!
Generally, the performance was the best part of the book.
Likely at least half of every scene could have been cut. Some of the incidents were so absurd as to be laughable, but I don't think they were meant as a joke. I would have given the characters some balance -- added some redeeming qualities and some depth to at least one character. The characters were flatter than a paper doll.
Thank G-d it's over!
I hated every time I had to hit the pause button and go to work or in the store or cook dinner or go to sleep. I was addicted!!!!! I recommend this as a MUST read/purchase!!!! You won’t be sorry you used your credit on it.
narration was pretty good if the goal was to make the characters ugly and self-serving.
Nick's sister was hilarious. She plays a teensy part in the book, though. My favorite part of the book is when she and Nick are brainstorming 5-year anniversary gifts (the traditional gift is wood) and she says something like (how I remember it) "want some wood, bitch? and slap her upside the head with your dick!"
This story was somewhat engaging at first although Amy's voice grated on my nerves. After getting to know the characters and the jerks they really are, I had a hard time sticking with it. The plot twist and turns were not all that believable and the ending is a total cop-out.
Yes and no. I enjoyed the book wondering what was going to happen next in this game of one up manship. I loved how the main characters were both vilian and victim on a whim. It kept me in suspense right up until the end and that is when I was so dissappointed. It is as if she ran out of time and just said "I got the last word." Hard to believe someone so creative could not come up with a better ending.
No real favorites here, neither of the main characters were very endearing. You might want to cheer for Nick but only to see Amy get what she deserves
Only if they changed the ending.
Just finished Gone Girl for January 2013 Book Club - and it is the creepiest - creepy GOOD - book I have read in decades. Were I the author's husband, don't think I'd ever fully sleep soundly again. A woman who can craft the ingeniously evil marriage saga that Flynn does here is a woman to be approached verrrry carefully!
That being said, it took me FOREVER to get into this novel and I think it was the back and forth chapters between the two protagonists - husband Nick and wife Amy - that initially drove me crazy since the stories each told were so totally out of sync. But once the plot thickened - the way dried blood curdles - it was easier to follow.
The book will push your limits of believability that anyone - much less two twisted souls - could be that crazy or crazy-in-love or just plain twisted. Buckle your seat belts, readers, you are in for a WILD ride!
Yes, it was acted out very well and a great story.
They are both great actors.
Excellent story, well crafted and written, the performance was a complete compliment to the book.
I experienced a full range of emotions for the characters.
Disgust, rage, love, sympathy. By the end of the book, I had cheered for the "bad guy" and boo'd the "good girl" and everything in between.
I live in Pittsburg, CA not Antioch, CA!! Retired since 2013, enjoy listening to Audiobooks, especially Dana Stabenow!
It took me a little while to start listening to this book, but when I did... wow!! It had me guessing from beginning to end... I kept changing my mind as to who was the good one and the bad one in this story, lots of twists and turns in this story and the narrators did a really good job. The ending was a little different though, I kept hoping that Amy would get hers in the end... which alas did not happen :( Kind of wished for a different ending. It was a good story all in all, and I would definitely recommend it.
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