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 loved this audio book! I think I have read all of this author but when I saw the audible book on sale, I decided to dive in again. And this story is engrossing! I feel like I have just come up for air, I've listened every possible minute for three days! I think I like the audio book better than reading it myself. I highly recommend.
Dark, Mysterious, Amazing!
Those are the three words I would describe this book.
I loved it! This is the type of book that I look for. The kind you start it and think you have the whole story figured out but as you read you get proven more and more wrong! I love movies like that. I feel like this book should be put into a movie.
The most enjoyable thing about listening to Gone Girl was the fact that you COULD NOT anticipate what would happen next!
This book is so refreshing in that I was able to listen to it in it's entirety and immediately want to listen again! Not once did I guess where the plot was going, I just let it take me and enjoyed the ride!
I loved how detail oriented the book was and how it did not disappoint by not tying loose ends together, although there were a lot of loose ends to keep up with!
I cannot think of a book that I would compare to Gone Girl... I would compare the "Back to the Future" movies although it seems a strange comparison.
Both Gone Girl and the Back to the Future movies had a lot of twists and turns in the plot that need to be explained and "wrapped up" and both did an excellent job of creating a plot with a lot of "moving parts" that needed to be tamed in the end and there were no disappointing "band-aids" used to explain something away... For every intricate plot twist, there were enough explanations and "AHA moments" to keep even the most jaded reader understanding and believing throughout the book.
Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne were outstanding in their performances on this book. I can not imagine anyone else performing this book. THEY WERE NICK AND AMY!!!
Their performances were not overly dramatic, just believable and really drew you even more into the plot.
There were many moving moments in this book and I would love to go into a deeper explanation, but for fear of a spoiler, I will just say that in Amy's case, I have never loved a character that I didn't like so much in my life!!!
This was the first book that I read by Gillian Flynn and I immediately went and purchased all of her other books and I can not wait until she comes out with a new one!
Gillian Flynn has a writing style that is all her own and she knows how to create the most compelling characters I have ever encountered in my reading.
I did not want to do anything other than listen to this book. I was annoyed when the phone rang or when I had to sleep! I can listen to this book over and over...
That every time I felt sorry for a character, they did something to make me hate them. Every time I wanted to see a character die, a plot twist would show them as the victim.
I wanted a story that I knew nothing about to listen too for vacation. I did see that my fellow Audible community gave it more 3,4 and 5 stars. So I knew this was my book.
I figured out early on how the book was going to end and where a lot of the plot twists were headed. I was wrong or partially wrong a lot.
Don't make me choose. They were brilliant, both of them.
It frustrated me a few times. Could Nick be that stupid to have contact with Andie? And Andie not getting the fact she was going to get Nick in deeper trouble.
I also am not sure I liked the ending. But it did fit these characters.
Buy this one. It's is well worth the money and praise that it received!
The performances were PHENOMINAL and the story had such potential but the ending was a HUGE disappointment! :(
I would hope the "word of mouth" would go away, so I was not compelled to read this.
That neither the husband or wife paid for their selfish ways.
I disliked both the leading characters and bristled at the relatives enabling.
No, because it would have no redeeming value. If this book has to go to media, I'd cast Paris Hilton and John Stamos in the leading roles.
There were great twists and turns in this and they were all unexpected!! But the ending just ruined it for me. I wish the book was available with an alternate ending.
I liked having a separate narrarator for each. i strongly dislike when male narrarators just try to change their voice to be ALL the women in the book.
Gillian Flynn's imagination is where the dark things live. And she found a way to share. The very end is the scariest of all.
I think people who enjoy the bad guy getting away with murder and destroying people in the process type story.
It was unexpected.
Rhonda Boney, Tanner Bolt, and Betsy Bolt were the only people worth liking.
The story was definitely imaginative and heartbreaking.
The main characters were repulsive. I could have lived without any knowledge of these pathetic fictional characters rolling around my brain. Thanks Gillian.
Looking for a fun, quick thriller? Consider looking elsewhere. I like a good trashy thriller as much as the next person. But I feel like Gone Girl took advantage of me. When I was finished listening to this book, I felt like I'd done something wrong.
Every character in this book is unlikeable, if not despicable -- and not in the flawed hero sort of way. The only one that comes close to being human is Detective Boney and I still fault her because she thinks Nick is worth saving.
The derangement is not exciting -- it's infuriating. Don't believe the Gone Girl hype! It will only disappoint you.
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