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)
When I was in college taking a script writing class, my professor would say, "You can't shoot the gun in the third scene unless you hang it on the wall in the first scene". Well... no-one had the gun hanging on the wall in this book. Expect the unexpected...
I love audible books, although I've been a voracious reader before I joined Audible. I long for really good books. I've had a few.
Very well constructed story, kept me on the edge of my chair until about 3/4 of the way through. The ending was so unsatisfactory for me. It just didn't match any of the finesse and great storytelling that came before. I hear there's a movie. I hope they fix the ending!
Probably not another book by Gillian Flynn as Gone Girl was too uneven; would get a book narrated by either Julia Whelan or Kirby Heyborne.
No- too uneven
They were both good at ecoming their ccharacters
She started the book out as rather boring; the middle part was fascinating; the ending was strange and disappointing; the denouement non-existent
This book was well-performed, but the story was not remotely plausible. This is not high-brow fiction by any means, though some of the phrasing was very clever.
The actors make this story. Not every audiobook is so well read, but these two bring it to life.
After 18 hours, Nick calls Tanner and Tanner's response is priceless.
It was interesting from start to finish.
Yes, Flynn does a great job with the character development and is constantly aware of the way she's leading the reader in order to keep just ahead of us.
Ms. Flynn must be a little crazy to come with a plot like this one. Language is a bit raunchy. The characters are so complex and well developed. I was a little disappointed with the ending. However I don't know what kind of ending I would have wanted. Overall I enjoyed this book very much.
I didn't read it, I only listened so I cant answer that.
Nick, because its so easy to get wrapped up in his character.
Amy, because her voice fits perfectly.
Get ready for a back stab.
The story line was good and kept you interested.
No, I did not like the ending....as it felt ...undone
I listen to a book a day just about. I am 49, I love mystery, thriller, true crime. G.Guidall best reader for me.
Easy read, mindless. Nothing chilling about it, no mystery, no thriller, just a story with a somewhat who done it, at best.
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