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)
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 ....
The twisted human mind
Yes!!! Because all of the twist and turns in the plots and amazing writing beside the perfect narration
Absolutely, i did
The last couple of chapters of the book.
An avid reader who cherishes my time with a good book!
This story is devilishly entertaining. The two voice narration really kept me engaged and drove the plot forward despite characters that were wholly unlikeable in many ways. I loved the way it had me flip-flopping from one side to the next. When I thought I had it figured out, there was another layer of deceit at the hands of a wickedly intelligent and ruthless character. It reads like a very high stakes chess game, with twists and turns that the author crafts with just enough clarity that the reader thinks they see it coming, then they find the curve is much more treacherous then they realized. A great read, strongly recommended.
I would recommend this book to anyone who like true to life kind of stories. it is quick book, easy to follow with some fun twist.
The voices are easy to understand and they do a great job of expressing emotions in their voice to capture your attention and keep you intrigued.
Yes! Towards the end of the book when it all starts tying together I stayed up until 3am listening and cleaning my house.
Just when I thought I had the story figured out, a new twist would blow my mind!
I loved them all.
The ending. I actually loved it.
I love audio books while I knit and garden. Like eating chocolates, you just can't stop!
The length--it dragged on FAR too long
Yes--it was disturbing and very sad
Probably the sister, Go.
No--it dragged on through more and more unbelievable plot twists. I detested both the main characters throughout the long story
The ending was so abrupt and unsatisfying. But I disliked the book so much, I wouldn't try a sequel just to find out what happens next
The plot was fresh - not something I have read dozens of times before and the twists and turns were unexpected and interesting. I also really enjoyed the format; one character speaking from their perspective, then going to the other, then back to the first, and so forth. The inflections and tone interjected by the two people reading added another dimension to the story that I really enjoyed. At times, I laughed out loud at the way something was said or at the barb intended for the other person in the book.
I listened to the book over two days while I was painting the exterior of our home. I am not a fan of painting and the time went more quickly because the book kept me engaged. I would have given the book 5 stars across the board, except that the last three hours gravitated in a direction that seemed more twisted and less plausible; like the author was trying to find a graceful way to end the story. While I will admit that the ending had some cleverness to it, it just left me wanting something different.
I found it interesting how you can dislike, distrust and dismiss a character in one chapter only to have a complete change of heart in the next.
I like how the readers switched to their character. Made it more personable.
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