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)
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.
Exciting, dark, unique
Amy because she was so unpredictable
Till death do us part
One of the best books to which I've listened. The story was so well developed that you were never quite sure what was in store for Nick next. Loved it!
Only those with time on their hands and a taste for lighter fare
The fascination with sociopaths and unexpected twists in psychodramatic mystery work that is "ripped from the headlines" is becoming yawnable. It's a matter of premise and all of the underpinnings of the book. Not so deeply flawed that I didn't enjoy it -- just so much of the same from the genre that it didn't move me to say, "that was totally wonderful and kept me wanting more.
not really thinking of one
none of those -- it really didn't move me
I'm thinking that this is a fine beach read, okay to listen to while puttering in the garden or knitting a blanket... but not a classic in the making, not a watershed insight into motivation or relationships, and not a genre-defining accomplishment.
but I couldn't quit listening! Gone Girl is a compelling tale of what happens when two distinctly unlikable characters combine in a perfect storm of nasty behavior.
I'd love to read Dark Places and Sharp Objects, but I'm more than a little afraid to! Take this as a testimony to Flynn's skill as a writer. We don't have to love every character or story, but they do have to affect us.
A moral structure, both in plot and in the relationship and duty of author to her readers.
No. I suppose she, like her character, has accomplished what she wished--which is a reaction from her readers. But two-year olds can do the same with their parents and have to be trained out of it (which, regrettably, Amy never was).
Their performance was fine. I'm writing this review because I found the book's plot and outcome so odious.
I would not have countenanced the plot outcome.
Gone Girl is a terrific read (listen) with a little bit of everything! Love, suspense, mystery and lots of twists! My only complaint is the curse the use of the F word in the book. The book would have been just as good if the F word was replaced by simply saying sex. But that is a huge hangup of mine in the real world too! Anyway great book overall!
This was the first book I have ever read where none of the main characters appears to have any redeeming qualities. I wanted to like, and sympathize with, Nick, and then I wanted to like, and sympathize with Amy, but soon realized neither was very likable, nor worthy of sympathy.
I liked that the story was told from both sides, and found this an interesting aspect.
I thought both narrators did an excellent job with all the characters, but I didn't have a favorite in the book.
To me, no. I stuck with it till the end, but was disappointed by the conclusion as it seemed no one really "paid for their sins". There were no real consequences for their actions.
I know the book has averaged 4.5 to 5 stars and this was one of the reasons I chose it. While I found the premise interesting, there were more reasons to dislike both the main characters than there were to like and sympathize with either of them. I wish I had not wasted a credit.
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