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 female narrator was particularly irritating: over-acting. The male narrator didn't thrill me either.
I was able to make it to the end easily, so it deserves 2 stars. But the word that comes to mind with this book is PUH-LEASE.
And I'm not a prude, but seriously: there's such a thing as too much of the words bitch and fu*k.
I also get the feeling the author doesn't like women too much.
I would say the high ratings on this book reflect that a lot of people will put up with a lot of lack of quality in a book if there's plenty of violence and sex. Patricia Cornwell is a much better way too go for that. She can really write.
suspenseful, clever, page-turner
Nick's reaction opens the door to the storage shed where he's been led by his missing wife Amy's clues for her treasure hunt.
They are both great. The story is told from two viewpoints - Nick's and Amy's. Both narrators do superb job of creating a "voice" for their characters, and then pull off bringing to life all the other characters as seen through the two narrators. There are parts of Amy's story where I laughed out loud, and others where I was so mad at her husband for mistreating her.
Dark and twisted
Just about the time I thought I had it figured out, the story twisted again in deliciously dark ways.
I thought they did a great job of personifying their characters.
From wedded bliss to dreadful twists...
I just really loved this story. For some, it may be too dark. For others, not terribly believable as a true crime. For me it was incredibly entertaining. I love to read a book that I just don't want to put down and this book did that for me!
A great tale with unexpected twists and turns. After reading other reviews I had my sleuth hat on and anticipated most of the "surprises", but not all. Well done!
The story, the narration, everything was good.
The ending. You keep trying to guess what really happened and then at the end, Whoa!
It was hard to put down but it's to long to finish in one sitting
5 stars - books that I will listen to again and again. 4 stars - books that I might listen to again someday. 3 stars - books that I probably won't listen to again. 2 stars - books that I know I will never listen to again. 1 star - books that I should have never listened to in the first place.
Generally, I avoid overly promoted books on the New York Times Best Seller list - horribly overrated in my humble opinion. However, I was stuck on a most boring holiday, sitting in a hotel room distractedly searching Audible for "something different" to break up the monotony. I took a chance and downloaded "Gone Girl", which turned out to be exactly what I was looking for - pure escapism!
This book starts out on the day of Nick and Amy's five year wedding anniversary. Nick comes home to find the door ajar, the iron on, but no Amy. Amy's anniversary gift to Nick includes a treasure hunt (which Nick had always hated participating in) with small personal messages to help lead him to the next location and finally to his gift. Upon this premise Flynn develops an intricate build-up of purposeful misdirection to a resolution that perhaps wasn't the most surprising but I found it to be quite satisfactory. I really don't want to give anything away, so I'll just leave it at that.
I truly enjoyed listening to this book, so much so that I downloaded Gillian Flynn's other two books available at Audible. This is not serious literature, just delightful pulp fiction with plenty of twists and turns. It must also be stated that Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne did an exceptional job in narrating this book. In fact, I'm not so sure that reading this book would be as enjoyable as listening to it!
Yes, I would recommend this book to almost anyone. The story manipulates the reader into different feelings along the way. Very unique way to tell a story.
Yes, and it kept me there.
They did a good job.
Yes, lots of times, but they are mostly spoilers.
Yes, I was interested in this story and enjoyed the twists an turns along the way. I do not usually write reviews but after listening to this story I left so flat that I just had to say something. I really enjoyed this crazy book so I gave it a good rating, the end felt forced and just blah to me.
Yes, I listened to this story every spare moment and I really liked it until the end.
I won't spoil the end of the book by sharing it. I just thought the book was leading up to something big but it didn't.
written less and been more creative with the finale
no, this was the first one
This book is a sucker punch to the gut, repeatedly.
Less chatter and get to the point faster, less profanity (not really necessary and didn't help the story), and a faster moving storyline. I almost put it down and didn't finish. It took way to long to get interesting.
Start the book at the last 1/4.
no they were okay
Only the last few chapters
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