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)
This book wouldn't quit! I wanted it over from early on. Insipid characters and annoying readers prolonged the agony. Not sure why it struck me as so poorly but perhaps it was the sense that the author was simply jerking us around - the joke is on you, dear reader! Perhaps if any of the characters possessed a shred of likability it may have helped but I can't be certain of even that. It wasn't even the old 'he said vs she said' conundrum of how each of us sees things with a different perspective. As far as I was concerned, it was a waste of time. Except for the author who has made a tidy sum on this thing.
Everyone liked it. I wanted to like it. I hated it. And I never say that about an author's effort.
No. I would anticipate the worst and likely find it.
Oh my no. Overwrought performances and the constant whine was worse than living near an airport.
Surprise that I finished the silly thing hoping that it would pull me in at the last minute.
Yep. I never completely delete a book. Until now. Gone Girl is gone.
5 stars for sure!
Just when you think you have the book all figured out and you have heard this story over and over via news and television and movies you are suddenly suprised with a HUGE shocker that literally will have your jaw on the floor! LOL I loved it though after that I couldn't stop listening and didn't want to pause for nothing! Awesome job Gillian Flynn!
For me, audio is the only version due to vision issues.
Yes, it was very engrossing. The character twists and turns really sucked you in.
Nick's on-air appeal for his wife to return.
Really gone. In more ways than one.
Up until the end this book was engrossing. I was disappointed in the ending. The narrators, Julie Whelan and Kirby Heyborne did an excellent job!
II enjoyed the many twists of the story and how smart the characters were. Like a great game of chess.
While the book was well on it's way to being one of the best I have ever read/listened to... the ending fell flat and left me so disappointed. I was genuinely disappointed by the lack of resolution after such a brilliant and thoughtout story.
Flynn does an amazing job at developing characters, the plot and suspense. Then. She just ends it. In a cheap, somewhat predictable fashion. I love 99% of the book but had to re-listen to the end THREE times to make sure that that was how it ended. Bummer.
It was too long for the actual substance of the story.
It had a great story, but I had a hard time getting through the first 1/3 of the book... it was very slow... it picked up at that point, but by the time the climax was over, it was slow again.
At first I found his voice too dry/boring, but as I got to know the character more, Kirby's voice fit the part.
They really gave the characters depth.
This book has no redeeming people. You keep wanting to find a positive in a sea of psychos.
Say something about yourself!
I liked listening to the characters speak. There is a fluidity I like when listening to audio. In this story I vacillated between loving, hating and feeling sorry to total pathos for the main characters. I did not read the print version.
I am not sure. I would like to know a little more about GIllian before I would run out and buy another book by her. I would be interested in knowing why she writes in this style. So far, and I have only read this one book by her, I don't care for it.
Her style is narcissistic and psychopathic. I would feel like I have no life if I waste time reading shallow books such as this. I am glad I "listened" to it while I walked my dog otherwise I would have been mad that I wasted so much time reading it. At least the dog and I got some good walks in while breathing the fresh air.
They were good story tellers. I didn't like Kirby at first but the audio is over 18 hours long and he would mimic other characters in the book and he was excellent at that. Julia was also excellent. Both their interpretations made me dislike them immensely.
Amy's and Nate's love means always having to be meaningless.
This was my first audio book through Audible and I am so glad I picked this one to start. I got the same feelings as when I can actively read a book. As the story progressed and I learned more of Nick and Amy I didn't want to stop. I started doing everything with a set of headphones nearby just to find out what would happen next.
There were twists and turns that made it as fun as a roller coaster and every time I started to think I was figuring out the plot, the next turn something new would get thrown in. I went through many emotions toward the characters all the way from anger to sympathy. I love books that give you all the emotional elements that you actually feel they are real and you're listening to friends recount the horrors and triumphs of their relationship.
The ending left that uncomfortable feeling. I was left wanting more, to find out what happened after the story ended, but in a good way. If I feel that then I am truly invested in the story.
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