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)
Yes! Every time I thought I had the book figured out, prediction would happen with a slap in your face twist that leaves your mouth open and you can't help but stay up past midnight listening.
Excellent study in the lesser loved side of human nature.
Character development, the twists and turns, and the final twist
Excellent job. They read it how it needed to be.
Best Audiobook I think I've ever listened to.
The twist and turns always kept me guessing.
Don't want to spoil anything, but all of the reveals were expertly crafted
it was too long to listen to in one sitting, but I was always carving more.
I really liked everything about the book except for the ending the chick was psycho and she was really able to get away with everything....and I mean everything!!! but I still gave it four stars all the way because I still loved it tooo
nope first time only because it was an editors pick!!!
I loved the book but would probably not listen again.
I loved the two narrarators.
I couldn't quit listening! It didn't make me cry or laugh but it was very intense.
I wish it had a better ending! I wanted an end and it didn't have one! Guess that means there will be a book 2!
It was an absorbing story and kept me guessing till the end. But I did not like the ending. Was not satisfying after investing so much emotion into the audiobook!!
Physician and Educator
I wasn't sure that I would like this book but less than one chapter in and I was hooked. Ms. Flynn, the author has a great style that lends itself perfectly to the Audible format. Ms. Whelan and Mr. Heyborne did an excellent job with this book. The chapters were the perfect length and always made me want to listen to "just one more". The turns and twists in the plot, told by the main characters are fabulous. I can recommend this book without hesitation because it held my interest from start to finish. Can't wait to read more by Ms. Flynn.
Yes, any book I really like I listen to again. I am a big John Sandford fan and I have listened to all 23 Prey books at least twice each.
Nick, because I relate to him. Had same type of parents.
I don't usually like female authors, but this Gillian Flynn is wicked, dark, and brilliant. She is going to be a huge name.
It was difficult to like either of the two main characters because of whom they were (are). The characters are extremely well-written and developed. That's how I could understand their sick, twisted minds so well or at least try to figure them out. Of Nick and Amy, I liked Amy the least. The smartest secondary character was Boney, the female detective --- she seemed to have some common sense.
Kirby's voice/dialect changes for different characters were good and better than Julia's efforts. However, Julia's voice inflections used when Amy braved on herself and on her own intelligence and skills made me dislike Amy Elliott Dunn even more.
Never trust your spouse.
A five-star review is often defined as amazing. "Gone Girl," a novel by Gillian Flynn, is indeed amazing, mostly because of the amazing Amy Elliott Dunne.
The mark of an intense, imaginative author (Some reviewers call Flynn creepy) is that she has the mastery to make the reader either strongly like or dislike a character. Strong character development does not turn up lukewarm; it has to be either hot or cold. This reader took an immediate dislike to the selfish, manipulative Amy Elliott Dunn, Nick Dunne's antagonist, his wife of five years.
I would nominate Amy as one of the coldest females in modern fiction, and, perhaps, the cheating Nick as one of the most vulnerable, flawed males. To me, what is truly remarkable about storytelling (and maybe real life) is that some may disagree and consider Amy Elliott Dunne the hero.
The work is written in first-person and told almost tit-for-tat by Amy and Nick. It includes enough foreshadowing and foreboding to make the unexpected plot twists plausible.
This is my first Flynn novel. I was drawn to "Gone Girl" by a recent article in "Entertainment Weekly," detailing production of the movie version and the author's involvement.
My one criticism of the story is that it ended too soon. Maybe the movie will fix that.
The narrators are awesome. Their voices fit what the character would sound like in real life.
The story kept you on the edge of your seat and all you wanted to do was listen to find out what happened next. Unfortunately, the ending was not what I expected. That was my least favorite part of the book.
I hope the movie has a much better ending!
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