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)
Read "the bad seed". Or "the hangmans son" If you really want to experience a psycho
I really loved this book. About 1/4 of the way through I thought I had totally figured it out and then everything was turned upside down and I just held on for the ride.
It is one of the few books in recent memory that I've heard that I've gotten so in to that I've yelled at it and gasped out loud (in the grocery store, no less. That earned me some strange looks).
It's a great romp with some really interesting and unexpected twists. I was sad when it was over.
Very good twisty story with nice suspense. However, I have trouble loving a novel when both the main characters are essentially dislikable. It's certainly worth reading if you like suspense and want to hear the story, which really rings true, of a marriage gone bad, but don't expect to like anyone.
Yes, the voice acting was amazing!
I thought the ending although keeping with the book was kind of a lame. I think the Author took the easy way out. I'm conflicted, although I see where she's coming from I didn't think it had the gravitas required to make folks satisfied with the ending.
The book is a good read but some may be disappointed with the ending, I know I was. That being said I would recommend.
The narrators read so slowly it is hard to focus on the story. The story builds up and you think there is a good ending coming and it is a bland and uninteresting ending. I have no idea how this book ended up on the best sellers list, it was awful and a waste of a credit.
read so slowly
First of all, the readers were irritating. Kirby Heyborne's pronunciation was so slowly precise as to sound silly most of the time. Julia Whelan bordered on the same, but not to Heyborne's extreme. Regarding the story, it was weak. And, after sticking it out for hours of poor narration, the ending was very disappointing. Overall, somewhat entertaining, but probably not worth the time invested.
freakin unbelievably awesome
The dark sides of the characters were expressed exquisitely!
I can't tell you....it would be a spoiler
Just buy it......you wont be sorry
I loved how Ms. Flynn led you to believe it was a predictable plot but then did something quite surprising with that predictability.
Could not put it down.
I enjoyed the twisted plot; thought the narration was good, and liked how the story keeps your interest to the end...but thought the ending was a little weak. Still a good read, though.
The best thing about the book was how it kept you guessing right to the end.
I don't know if I really didn't like the ending or just didn't want it to end. It was crazy good.
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