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)
Two unforgivable, unlovable, characters at war with each other.
Couple of interesting twists in their battles. So not worth your time, or the showers you'll have to take trying to wash them and their story out of your mind.
Then, if you're a masochist, this may be right up your reading alley.
I have never read or listened to a book of which I had such an unfavorable opinion of a character and then by the end of the book my opinion completely reversed!
The moments when it was revealed why his wife hid their anniversary clues where she did.
Beginning - Slow
Middle - WOW
Ending - What???
When Part 2 started, the story went into a different direction than I was guessing. Totally took me off guard.
When Nick figured out the last clue.
Modern Day who done it.
I almost stopped listening in the beginning. The character development never seemed to end. blah blah blah. But I'm stubborn and I paid for the book! I'm glad I did. I was sure I figured out who killed Amy. Boy, did I ever have it wrong! When I got to Part 2 - I had to hold on. The story went into high gear. Lots of twists and turns. I had been listening for 60-90 minutes every day while at the gym, but now I had to listen in the car and at work besides. I was a little disappointed in the ending - because I wanted it to end with a different scenario. Would I recommend spending 19 hours listening to this book - YES. If you can get past the beginning, it's worth the price of admission.
I did not read the printed version, but was drawn to the book through many different reviews and since my ability to find moments to sit and read are limited audio has been my way of finding stories.However I will say, it is disturbing, yes it is unlike so much that has come before, and yes it is well worth it.
I can not say I have experienced anything like it, in written or audio work. I can go back and this is way back to first reading Carrie by Stephen King as a teenager back in the early 80's, and how it connected to me in a way I did not expect, and I guess this is the same in that sense and yet not the same.
Oh they did a marvelous job! Bravo! This book deserved and need the two very distinct and different voices to bring this story in it's audio version to full life. They were able to give voice to characters who "could have been caricatures" , that snarky New Yorke or that folksy, or red neck version of not being New York that is so much a poor version of what people are who come from _____ well fill in the blank. Well done.
How far would you go to fill the script of the story of your life?
Thank you to the author, performers all those involved, again well done :)
I loved the voices of the two narrators going back and forth as the book was written. This kept the story lively and more "real." Great story line that kept me hooked the entire time. So many twists and turns to the plot. I absolutely loved it.Lots of late nights listening!
They added life to the pages. There was already a lot of substance to the story, but they brought out the characters even more.
The author could have ended the book about 2 hours earlier and I believe it would have been better. It just rambled on and on. I believe the book suffers from poor editing. This should have been the second draft, not the final. I didn't care for the narration; the voices didn't seem to jive with the story. Up until the last few hours, I found the story engaging but not fabulous. Not recommended.
The way the author unfolded this story was unconventional and brilliant.
Every time you think you know what's going to happen, the tale took a 180. I highly recommend this one.
I don't think I would listen to Gone Girl again because once the suspense is fulfilled it wouldn't be as thrilling the second time; however, when I was reading it the first time I was late to work a few times waiting to get to the end of a chapter because I just couldn't bring myself to hit pause. I normally use my car time to make phone calls and catch up with friends and family but I found myself jumping in the car and turning it on before I even pulled out of a parking spot.
Much of the story is written through an inner monologue that is filled with varying emotions. It gave depth to the characters.
I listen to this book on my way to and from work and the narrators keep you completely captivated with the inflections and changes of their voice. The range of emotions they can convey makes them so real and you find yourself siding with one or the other at different times. In our busy society, so many people tend to skim or quickly read through even a leisure novel but Julia and Kirby allow you to return to the lazy days of childhood when you could take some time to visualize the scene and create the dialogue in your own head.
100% worth the purchase! This book was recommended by my colleagues at work and I have since recommended this book to almost everyone I know.
If you are naive to the ways of the world, this book might be for you.
I was not a fan of the book because it became predictable.
Unraveling some of the lies was good, but again, predictable.
My sister in law raved about how good the book was so I gave it a try. Based on her recommendation, I now question my S-I-L's ability to pick decent stories!
Narration was enjoyable because of the two character usage.
I found this book really entertaining and would highly recommend it. I found the characters interesting and the story kept me guessing.
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