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 build up was tremendous. Hour after hour of a twisted plot. And then after all of that there was no ending.Seriously? Did the author just simply get tired of writing? That's what it felt like.
I definitely would not recommend this book.
This novel was way out there and I loved it. So many twists and turns in the plot found me trying to fit in a listen any time I could during the day. I don't want to give anything away, but it was excellent.
The performance by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne was also great. They read with perfect timing and emotion.
A fun read which makes you change your opinion
as you read the story from the two characters' different points of view.
I did not always predict things correctly.
There is no other. This is unlike any other book I've read.
I laughed so hard in my car at times, that I swear other drivers must have thought me mad. I was so shocked at times that I did a double take at my phone (where I have the app). Then there were times I would be yelling either NOOOOOOOO or OMG!! The reactions were extreme on so many levels, I cannot begin to capture them all. I was even frightened for the characters at times. And the end left me gasping.
This book was pure insanity in the best possible ways.
I'm a huge fan of Audible. I tend to listen to mostly science fiction, but I try to get to every genre. I listen mostly on my drive to work. I'm also on Goodreads.
The narrators did a wonderful performance. I've heard Kirby Heyborne before in another audiobook,but by far I think he did an exceptional job on this title.
These two added much to this story, which is already a rollercoster ride of emotions.
I would keep the title...although this would be a tough one as a movie. I would love to see it.
It was a mistake to listen to this after A Casual Vacancy. So many unlikeable people in this one too! I had hoped for more intrigue or mystery or something - this book just wasn't my cup of tea. I figured it all out pretty early on and then just kept waiting for something surprising to happen. That being said, Gillian Flynn really created a complete world and cast - everyone is clear as a bell and very real, I just didn't like those people at all and didn't want to spend any time with them.
If you enjoy books where there's someone to root for, this is not it.
The narrators were really excellent, though.
An active chick, an AT thru hiker (2012), and someone who will never stop exploring!
I'd heard so many vague "that's a great book" reviews of Gone Girl that I decided to download it as my first book on audible.com and I cannot say I was disappointed! I feel the story line, though predictable at times, really kept twisting and turning to draw you deeper and deeper into the world of the two main characters. When the plot twists came, some of them didn't surprise me at all while others really threw me for a loop. I enjoyed the book and I would recommend it to any of my friends who enjoy true crime books or just plain page-turners.
Very Blah, do not like his style at all. Not much of story, vey lame
Covert spy & crime thrillers with lone heroes. Lots of action, start to end. Bad endings = bad book. Love Jack Reacher & Nathan McBride!!
To many unneeded F bombs. They are too distracting.
Robert Ludlum Covert One.
The narration was good. Easy to tell who was talking. They should do more
The differing time stamps for diary entries was clever.
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