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)
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I enjoyed the twists and turns but soon I got sick of both main characters - they became annoying.
Listen to books in the car during my commute. Interested in the financial crisis, mysteries & stories set in India. twitter: @ikgandhi
Dark story which slowly reveals itself, keeping you always captivated. Great character depth, wonderfully brought out by Gillian Flynn. I especially liked the narrative styles and the two narrators did an awesome job. Overall very satisfying.
The story, the writing
I can't tell you. Too many spoilers.
unlikeable characters make this a great book!
Terrific performances by both readers. The story was easy to enjoy with lots of twists and turn. I was hoping the ending would be just as much fun. Enjoyed the read but the ending was disappointing.
These two were the shinning point in this entire book. I felt both narrators brought life to the characters. Kirby was especially good at making me feel sorry for Nick. Julia was a superstar at playing Amy to her most evil.
I seriously could not delete this book from my iphone fast enough. Dirty.....is the only way I can describe how I felt when I got to the end. There was not one tolerable character in the entire story! A book SHOULD make you feel a sense of satisfaction having read it. This one just made me feel depressed.
I listened to the entire book. In general, I believe my disappointment was with the story more than the performances. For a best selling book, with the focus on characterization, not plot, I felt the characters were so inconsistent that they made the plot nonsensical. The main female character's personality was plot driven. She had to be a genius with a pathological borderline personality disorder in order for the plot to work, yet her character was very abruptly revealed to the listener. I expected more from a well known title.
What would you call this Genre?
I did not love the narrators. They were okay.
I did like this book, though I’m not sure it is quite worth all of the hype and the mountains of 5 star reviews it is receiving. The one characteristic of this author’s writing style that I really found appealing was her ability to reference so many pop culture events, etc. from her formative years. I’m guessing we are similar in age (41) because so many of them were extremely familiar and things I remember growing up. Many twists and turns in the book, and very interesting characters—that’s about all I can say without ruining the plot. The narration was adequate, though I’ve listened to other books with the same male narrator and scored them very low; the female voice was fine.
I didn't like the story, didn't care about the characters. Hated the performance. Sorry!
The first hour was a bit slow. After the first hour, I put the book down for more than a week. Then I started all over... then it got good. I understand we had to learn about the characters and all, but perhaps that shouldn't have taken so long. Just a thought.
Absolutely. Well written. Always wanted to know what would happen next. She understands suspense... very well.
I don't know. Tanner, maybe?
I thought the book was well written to the extent that I always wanted to know what happened next. I enjoyed the story. I recommend it. What I did find beyond annoying was the insertion of sounds (and so, since this an an audio book, the "speaking" of those sounds). This was unnecessary, distracting and silly, really. Overall, I'd say this was a good read. I'll read another of her books. The dark side of human behavior can be interesting, I think.
The two main characters in this book, Amy and Nick Dunne, are pretty unlikeable (Amy's parents aren't much better), BUT don't let that stop you from listening to this riveting story. The "mystery" wasn't that hard to figure out, but I couldn't stop listening--I just had to know waht terrible thing was going to happen next! This isn't a pyshical who-done-it, but a psychological thriller of the best kind. Excellent, edge of your seat writing.
The two narrators also did an excellent job. I think this was one of those books that is better listened to than read.
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