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)
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2 narrators and an awesome story line
Heck yes... By his wife being a total nut job
No not yet
This book is twisted dark weird crazy and wonderful. I cant even say how screwed up these characters are u'll just have to find out on ur own. READ!!
Suspenseful, clever, fast-paced
It had strong character development, and both of the main characters were flawed (often unlikeable yet relatable), and whom I was rooting for changed as the story progressed
Amy - she was awesome
I hated the ending of this book. I really DO like it when the bad guys get punished and those in the white hats ride off into the sunset.
The writing was great. The performance was good. The story line was exhausting.
Throughout the book I kept worrying about the author. I'm not sure what kind of mind comes up with this stuff. It was worthy of an Alfred Hitchcock episode with all the twists and turns but, nevertheless, I found it all to be troubling.
They were very believable in the roles of Nick and Amy.
Yeah. This book makes me look more closely at the people around me. From the Nick and Amy experience, I've learned that all is NOT how it appears to be.
All in all not a great book. I would not buy this one again. (The good news is, I don't have to. I already know how it ends.)
While the book was interesting enough and had enough momentum to finish, I was sincerely disappointed in the ending. It did not feel like the book was over. Why create such awful characters and invest readers in the story if it goes nowhere? Wonderful voice performance though.
"I'm not drunk, I have MS".
Interesting, plot-driven, Twists and turns
Yes, because you can get sucked into it easily enough.
I can not pick a favorite. Both were amazing with inflections in all the right places and cleverly enough to keep you guessing. Great job by both.
I think I was moved or in complete shock over the ending.
I don't want to give anything away, but will say that this is one hellofa ride.
The story line was great. It was slow at first and I was about to stop listening to it. But the speed was picked up with a twist and then another. It was awesome.
I actually found Julia's voice to be almost annoying. Maybe it is just me. I think it is too over the top.
I might give the author another listen. Not many authors do everything well, but I appreciate her considerable strengths. Julia Whelan was a perfect match for Amy, and I was very impressed with her portrayal. Kirby Heyborne did a nice job with Nick. It is reading like this that makes the audio format such a fun option.
Amy. Thanks for the great reading, Julia Whelan!
Not unconditionally - it would need a very intelligent and gifted actress to play Amy, or I think it loses too much. I just checked and David Fincher is directing, so I will definitely see it in 2015!
I am glad I listened and am impressed with the author - creative, clever, thoughtful. The author gives a good look at the current state of news and media, public opinion and the legal system. I confess I found it unpleasant and draining to spend some 20 hours primarily with a sociopath and a narcissist/borderline. However, that comes with the territory for this story, and it delivers some interesting rewards. In the final third, I needed more verisimilitude, and some of the twists were more capricious or convenient than earned. Finally, the ending, taken at face value, or as an opening for a sequel, was a disappointment, as I try to, but I do not, buy it.
A better story would be one where the listener/reader would not have to suspend all of reality. This was like watching a mediocre sitcom. A laugh track and periodic commercials may have improved it.
I will search for a book written for intelligent people over the age of twelve.
The narrator's did a good job with such an absurd story. However, when the female voice imitates a male it's silly.
Some stories have a pathetic character, but this story is a crew of pathetic people in an unrealistic storyline where people act in the most unrealistic fashion.
Avoid books by Gillian Flynn.
Absolutely, this book is so twisted. It keeps you guessing at all turns and on the edge of your seat. You simply cannot stop listening.
The cat! Geez, not a single redeeming character in this book. You think you start to feel bad or like one and they end up turning your world upside down.
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