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)
This book was a Facebook recommendation. I have to say, it was one of the most entertaining reads I've listened to in a long time! The story was very well paced with twists and turns and layers coming at you left and right. The narrators were just great, especially Julia, in the way she was able to create the different sides of her character. I listen to books while driving to work and I was sitting in my driveway all week because I couldn't stop listening. I have to say I would have written a different ending but that didn't take away from the overall thrill of this book.
Super picky but in love with reading!!! I simply love good storytelling!
Well, this book started out really really great, and it wasnt a bad book at all as you will see through my rating, but the only reason i didnt give it a 5 star rating is that it seemed to drag on for a bit too long. Other than that, I loved it, its an awesome mystery that keeps you guessing through the whole book. Just when you think you know whats going to happen, something different happens. It turns out that you may not know the people you think you know around you at all.
Yes. Such a great story with alot of twists
Yes. When you think you have it figured out you don't
Lover of old (and some new) books
I cannot think of another quite like it.
very easy to listen to - the perfect amount of drama in their voices.
Don't miss it!
Gillian Flynn is capable of anything. I laughed, cried, sat amazed at my desk and honestly felt cold sweats on a dozen different occasions. I would love a charter one minute and hate them the next. This book has me considering a background check on my wife after 6 years of marriage. Loved and feared it.
This book kept me interested and guessing the whole time. I really didn't feel like I knew for sure what was going to happen even up to the last chapter! One thing to consider is that the psyche of the two characters in the book is very disturbing so if you are squeamish or easily bothered (not by blood and gore but by the darkness inside a person's mind) then this is not the book for you.
Yes. Mesmerizing twists & surprises.
The obvious surprise that she wasn't really "gone" except mentally.
The confusion, the despair, the traps...
Read, Write, Pray...Works for Me!
Amazing. Writer-licious. Kickass.
Yes - couldn't predict what was going to happen.
They did such an incredible job with changing up voices to "become" the characters and to portray others in the room with them.
Extremely addicted to it.
I can't remember a book I've loved in such a looong time. :)
The dual narration is very good, helped by the fact that there are a lot of relatively short chapters.
19+ hours sounds steep, but only took me 3 days to finish.
Twists and turns and some suspense. Very clever. It will, I think, make a decent movie that people will talk about, ala Indecent Proposal. Will they keep the same ending? I wonder ....
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