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 was frequently surprised! I didn't have to wait for the end for a shocker. You couldn't guess the ending if you TRIED!
I love how the author kept you guessing at the identity of the antagonist. You don't know whose side to be on!
The voices were unique.
Yes! I recommended it to many couples! It made me laugh!
Both of the main characters are NUTS! I wonder how many people are living like they're living in the end?
Only have the audio version
I loved to hate Amy!
When I started listening to this book I hated Nick, then towards the end I hated Amy. Both are really Messed up people.
The only negative thing about this book was how long it was, i feel they could have condensed it more.
Say something about yourself!
I did not like either of the main characters, at all! Nothing about them was the least bit appealing and I had nothing to relate to with them so it made me not care what happened to either of them. I struggled to finish the story because I started it and that is about it.
I did like the shared narration. The book was well put together and thought out. There were twists and it did keep me guessing most of the book which I do like.
Had more attention been given to character development, even with the end the way it was, I would have enjoyed the story more.
I loved the style in which is was written. Since it was written from multiple points of view it made the story more interesting and enabled the author to more easily build stronger suspense and sub-plots.
Towards the middle of the book when Nick's world begins to unravel and he's taken from being the golden boy to the bad guy.
He thinks she's alive but finds out he doesn't want her to be.
Very good book and definitely worth listening to. I wasn't a huge fan of the last 10-20% of the book or I might have given it a perfect score.
Cat and Mouse
personality, a true sense of the characters...amazing!
This is a great book! Just when you think you have the hang of it, it turns the corner and goes in a different, shockingly different, direction. I really had fun reading this one and I highly recommend it
Could not even get into it enough to find out who it is written for. The characters bored me
I might but I don't know.
I rarely think it is the performers fault
I don't think I would have even started.
captivating, unexpected, fresh
The diary revelation. This changed the story and also added another layer of intrigue. There were many twists in the story and very complex characters.
Amazing Amy the Final Chapter
I never got to the print version. Only the audio.
Yes it did.
I didn't really have a favorite.
Wow. What an amazingly crazy story. I was enthralled from the very beginning. I thought for sure I knew what was going on but alas, I did not. I have to say I was surprised at the many twists and turns this story took. Sometimes the characters did exactly what I expected only to find that they didn't really. Again...WOW.
No. Knowing the ending makes listening again pointless.
The way the book is written makes it perfect for two narrators
No. The main character was discusting.
The Shoemaker's Wife
The main character.
There are so many good books out there, why read about meanness.
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