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)
No- love mystery and suspense novels but this was the worst book in that genre that I have ever listened to,
They were excellent and depicted these characters very well.
Disgust. There was not one likeable character in the whole book, the story line dragged on and on.
I am asking audible for a credit on this selection. I did not finish it because I could not find one redeeming quality about the book, the characters or the plot.
I don't usually read main-stream fiction/crime genre but this book changed my mind about the genre - it was awesome! I can't wait for the movie.
Read by two individuals, nice. Liked the book, a little disappointed in the ending, but worth the listen.
I love a great story.
I'm no prude, but after the 300th F-Bomb - enough already! It starts to grate on the nerves and becomes distracting to the story. Up until the last three chapters, I found the story thoroughly entertaining. The ending was jarringly disappointing and anti-climatic and I could totally go off on a jag about why I have a problem with the ending but I don't want to spoil the ending for anybody. Up until the last three chapters, I was recommending the book to all my friends and co-workers and, now that I'm finished, I have mixed feelings of the 'eh' variety. Gillian Flynn is an excellent writer! I enjoyed her wit and excellent storytelling and, overall, I think she needs to immerse herself in a Quentin Tarentino movie marathon to find out how to pack a massive satisfying belly-full of punch at the end of her story!
Yes. For too many reasons to list. Just do it.
I hated them all. They made me want to scream. But I couldn't put them down - which made me also want to scream.
Voices were dead on perfect and the emotion (or lack of) was perfectly conveyed in their reading.
Who knows, I was on the edge of my seat having fits of rage and panic.
I wanted to not like this book. I'm not a trendjumping sort of reader and that is probably stupid. It is the reason I didn't start reading Harry Potter until the 3rd book which I feel silly about, now, but it seemed reasonable at the time. Everyone has been talking about Gone Girl. Gone Girl this, Gone Girl that. I felt certain it was at least partly hype. I was so wrong. I really couldn't put it down.
Less filthy language, less sophomoric descriptive phrases,
dramatic, conveys emotions well
I would cut the scenes with the main characters father.
This author should take a page from Author, Ann Rule "If you really loved me" and learn how to portray the true nature of the sociopath with all of the suspense and horror they perpetrate on others without the filthy language. That is not indicative of intelligent people. As my Mother used to say when you use nasty language it just shows you have a poor vocabulary. Not such a good thing for an author.
The characters were SO unlikeable that I found I didn't care what happened to them!
annoying adequate average
The plot's not bad, it's just that I had no interest in the characters.
This book made me feel as manipulated as the characters. I guess that was the point, but for my listening pleasure, it missed the mark.
Has it turned me off from this genre? No, but I will be a little bit more careful about reading reviews before I commit.
They were annoying.
Can't think of any.
I understand why this is a best seller - it is clever and smart and the characters are well developed. The narration is great. I found it painful to listen and would have stopped listening if it had not been my book group's choice that month. I found reading about two so completely dysfunctional people stressful and not enjoyable in the least. I do not recommend to people who have ever had trouble in their relationships. If you like clever books about unpleasant people this one's for you.
Once it took off after they declared (spoiler**) she was missing there was a twist at every turn. I couldn't stop listening because just when I thought I knew who it was I was wrong.
Most memorable was when (spoiler**) she first appeared in the story!
I LOVED that there were two narrators so that I didn't have to pretend a female was reading a male's side. I loved their back and forth sides of the story.
Yes and No- it was perfect because I couldn't wait to listen to it when I was not able to.
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