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)
Couldn't stop listening! Recommend to anyone who likes a good, not-too-gory, thriller/mystery.
Narration added to depth and emotion and development of characters.
Absolutely! I have probably convinced 12 people to read this book after I finished it.
The whole story is a wild ride.
I love hearing Nick and then Amy's point of view. Great way to present the book.
Every time I thought I had it figured out . . . I was surprised again. I love that.
How about a sequel???
Great book, great audio, was really surprised at how much I loved it. Finished it in less then a week.
Now I'm on to Sharp Objects. Highly Recommend!
In the top 3
The twist and turns and how it lead you believing one thing and then did reveal pieces as time went on, very well done
Loved the male and female narration it made it easy to follow, almost like it was really them
Great Performance. The story is fantastic.
I liked everything about this story.
Maybe someone younger than me.
She could have followed through and given us an ending that was more satisfying.
I had no problem with the performance. The characters devolved into very unlikeable people.
Disappointment at the vulgarity in the second half of the book. The introduction had lead me down an entirely different path.
I found it hard to complete this book but kept at it until the very disappointing end.
Primary characters are likable at first and show cause for sympathy toward them both. There are intricate twists in the story and addition of characters who enhance the story line, but these new characters are not described in enough detail. The story gets boring toward the last few chapters and the end was awful!
The change of each character personalities.
Their incredible voices make you both love then hate the main characters.
I will read anything new that Gillian Flynn writes. I enjoyed this book but liked "Dark Places" much better.
I loved all of them. The development of every single character was amazing. Amy was haunting. Seriously great character development
When Amy's voice changed from "diary" amy to real amy. My mind was blown. That is when I knew I was going to finish the book that day!
The audio quality was quite terrible. The book regularly skipped ahead or skipped. It felt like I was listening to a used CD rather than an audio book that I paid for. The story and narrator were great. Ending a little disappointing but other then book quality pretty good.
It is a dark story that at first seems to have a pretty ordinary plot, everything changes with the second half. Pay attention to every detail and the book gets better and better with each chapter, although there is no good "justice has prevailed" feeling in the end.
I almost stopped listening early on - the quizzes that the female narrator reads through painfully slowly are so annoying. If I was reading the book I would have skipped over them (the female character of the book, Amy, wrote the quizzes that you see in many women's magazines, and she'll give "what should I do/have done" scenarios in the form of a quiz - annoying, to say the least and the one aspect I wish the author would have left out). However, I'm glad I kept going. The quiz format thing eventually goes away (pretty much), and I actually found the female narrator of this book is especially good, aside from her reading of the "quizzes." There is a twist to this book that keeps you hooked. And the author writes like we often might think, there's no dumbing-down of anything. It's very well written and I'm so glad I used a credit on this! Get past the first part and you'll be glad you did too.
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