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)
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.
This was awesome! Get through the first few chapters and it starts moving! Crazy plot... I'm sure this has happened out there too!
Lance because you are pulling for him!
I think that Amy's narration was perfect! At first it was a little vally girlish but you get over that quick!
More books should have two narrators like this.. Nice touch!
Yes everytime. I am the kind of reader that often finds the clue before - and how boring - the end is told. Here no way. It is based on true human feelings too and of infinitely clever minds. I still lick my fingers.... Hope to forget it and be able to relisten to it.
Difficult to say but I liked the journal of her, story of him that converge at the end.
No a first
I could hardly get my headphones off... smirking or grinning perhaps at the cleverness of the author
More like that please...
Say something about yourself!
No idea . everyone should keep away from wasting time.
Rewrite with some personality , make it more fast paced.
Nothing , they did the best they could with the terrible writing.
Please avoid wasting your time.
This book held my attention.
I enjoyed the anniversary treasure hunt.
Initially, I was unhappy with how the book ended. Then I took another look at all this husband had been through and I had to respect him.
This was a great read.
After a little bit of a slow start, it grabbed my attention and I couldn't wait to see what happened.
If looking at the book in print form, do not look at the table of contents as the names of the last chapters give away what happens at the end. Honestly, I feel like that is literary malpractice and really makes me angry. The best part of this book was the suspense and that got tainted.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
This is a Bete Noir type book, & very entertaining... I actually suggested to my wife we both read it at the same time, talk about creepy. I'm thankful my wife & life & kids are what they are... & this book made me relive that feeling I often do....
DEF. suggest this for anyone who likes a book that makes u go WHAAAAAAT???!?
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