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)
I recommend this book to any person that can afford to do without a little sleep..I listen to audiobooks at night because I like having someone "read" me to sleep, but I was so fascinated by the story that I could not fall asleep! Even after turning it off for the night, my mind would race around the story trying to guess what came next until I finally turned it back on.
This was a plot that I absolutely could not figure out before the end...and that is rare for me, even in books I enjoy.
This author really knows how to create a story...hope they make it into a movie one day!
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the psychology behind it
I like that there are two narrators because its more believable coming from the female and male perspectives. These specific narrators put so much personality in the characters, i really enjoyed their performance.
This isn't the typical type of book that I read. It got so much hype that I decided to add it to my list. I finally got around to listening to it and afterwards all I can say is "WOW". At first the storyline seemed interesting enough, then when I thought I'd figured out the mystery, it got a little boring. I actually googled it to see if the spoilers would tell me if my guess was right. Well there is some false info out there on this book because I read that I was right but turned out I wasn't. AT ALL. I considered returning the book because I thought, WTH, I already guessed the ending. I continued reading, and I am so glad that I did.
There are so many twists and turns, and I swear I will do research on the author to see if there is a background in psychology because it took me back and forth the whole book! Just when you think you know something, uh no you don't. It is a very interesting book from a psychology view point as well as a writing stand point. Nick bored me a bit but it got better. Overall I believe it is the job of any artist (whether it be an artist of words, sound, view) to create something that pulls the receiver in and create emotion in them that they wouldn't have experienced before, Gone Girl accomplished that, most definitely.
Bravo to the author.
Amazing narrators by the way. They were SO believable!
First, I have to admit that I did not finish listening to this book. Second, I have to say that general modern americal literature is not my favorite genre (I usually read sci-fi, paranormal romance and non-fiction). I was an English minor and love to read, and I know that good writing comes in many forms, so I bought Gone Girl because everyone said it was so good. The moment I started listening to it, I understood why people loved it! The insights of the author and the way they were translated to the page resonated for me! It was a joy to read/listen to. But a few more chapters in I started to just not care. I enjoyed the insights about life for thier own sake and I enjoyed thinking about the writing as an art form, but I did not care about the story or the characters enough to continue reading all the details ....and there was plenty of detail. The details were actually the interesting part, there just was no story.
After giving it one more try, I decided to go on-line and read reviews to decide if it was worth continuing. I found that there were many, many people who were highly disappointed by the ending. I had no idea what the ending was, but how awful to be considering whether to finish a book or not only to hear that the end is unfulfilling! I decided to read comments that contained spoilers and found out not only what the ending was but that other people had the same response as I did.....they did not liek the people/characters so they did not like the story. After reading a commentary on the ending by the book's author, I felt I'd had the whole experience as if I read the book, so I didn't finish it.
I know this is not a review that gives you much to go on in terms of whether you should read it or not, so that's why I suggest you read the good reviews and the bad and decide whether it's worth the effort.
Amazingly well written and excellently narrated. This novel stuck with me for days after I finished it. The story did stall a little for me about a third of the way thorugh, but stick with it because soon thereafter the roller coaster really gets going. Complex characters created huge emotional swings for me. Very impressive. I've recommended it to all of my friends.
For me this book was just OK. I found much of the story not very believable.
I don't believe that someone would go through the detail to fake their own murder.
I don't believe that anyone would remain in a relationship with someone who tried to have them convicted of murder.
I would be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn. I think the writing was well, I just didn't find the story believable.
"Gone Girl" is a decent summer read but I can't really recommend it wholeheartedly.
The story and structure are fairly interesting but are plagued by what feel like very artificial mechanisms meant to build suspense.
Key among these mechanisms is the use of a first person perspective (i.e., the reader sees the story develop through the main character's eyes) where information known to that character is intentionally withheld from the reader.
The end result is a little frustrating since the reader's perspective is limited to what the main character sees or feels and yet we're not privy to everything that the character knows (e.g., why won't Nick answer his cell phone? What is he trying to hide?). I understand that answering these questions would give away a lot of the story up front but this method of building suspense is much better suited to a third person perspective. If we're going to be parked in the narrator's head, then it's only fair that the author let us know everything that's in there. The way the author did it is not suspenseful, it's annoying.
Overall, the frustration was not enough to totally turn me off the novel. The story was entertaining though the ending kind of fizzled rather than banged.
Narration was good and sound quality was excellent. My only complaint was that the male narrator's voice did not quite match the characterization of the male lead. His voice was more "NPR host" than "good old American boy".
The book was continually surprising and so insanely twisted that I don't think I was right for a week after listening to it!
The first third is a tad slow, but hang in there. Once you get to the meat of the story, you're in for one hell of a ride! What's so striking is that the slow beginning is necessary to build tension.
The narrators are great. The characters are over-the-top interesting, but real. They have the same vanities and hang-ups that we all have, just more so. Honestly, my favorite character is Go. She's as good a sister as she can be.
I wish I could say more, but I'd spoil the story. If only I had three thumbs...sigh.
Keeping the reader in suspense as to whether he killed his wife.
Yes. It made you think he killed his wife but it also made the reader feel that he could be innocent.
They each narrate their perspective parts. Her side of the story and he, his story.
yes, I think the wife set him up beautifully. I didn't know whether to feel sorry for him in the end.
I think every husband should read this book. It may deter one from ever cheating on their spouse.
Nothing. The characters were so dispicable that I did not even care what happened to them. I only completed the listen because I have to finish things. I was hoping to find myself thinking, Oh I am glad that I finished this. It was worth it. I was disgusted. The metaphors were so trite and the conversations so contrived.
A Kate Morton book, probably The Distant Hours.
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