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)
There were great twists and turns in this and they were all unexpected!! But the ending just ruined it for me. I wish the book was available with an alternate ending.
I liked having a separate narrarator for each. i strongly dislike when male narrarators just try to change their voice to be ALL the women in the book.
Gillian Flynn's imagination is where the dark things live. And she found a way to share. The very end is the scariest of all.
I think people who enjoy the bad guy getting away with murder and destroying people in the process type story.
It was unexpected.
Rhonda Boney, Tanner Bolt, and Betsy Bolt were the only people worth liking.
The story was definitely imaginative and heartbreaking.
The main characters were repulsive. I could have lived without any knowledge of these pathetic fictional characters rolling around my brain. Thanks Gillian.
Looking for a fun, quick thriller? Consider looking elsewhere. I like a good trashy thriller as much as the next person. But I feel like Gone Girl took advantage of me. When I was finished listening to this book, I felt like I'd done something wrong.
Every character in this book is unlikeable, if not despicable -- and not in the flawed hero sort of way. The only one that comes close to being human is Detective Boney and I still fault her because she thinks Nick is worth saving.
The derangement is not exciting -- it's infuriating. Don't believe the Gone Girl hype! It will only disappoint you.
I GUESS. I was glued to my iPod to find out what happened in the end... speaking of end, the book leaves you with an uncomfortable feeling of dread when it's over. I didn't like the end. I despised every character in the book and wanted revenge on each of them. There was honestly no redeeming quality about any character at all. The storyline was good, and there were several twists and turns. Didn't like the male narrator.
Without giving it away, I suppose once the journal is figured out.
LIked Julia Whelan's voice. Did not like Kirby Heyborne's performance at all. It was impossible to imagine him as a good looking blonde with a big smile. He sounded mousy, whiney and pinch-faced.
I felt like I was getting to know the characters and forming opinions about them, then the twist in the middle of the book hit me hard! Completely changed everything.
I felt very involved in the story and each twist in the plot pulled me further in. I kept going back and forth with which characters I wanted to come out on top.
Right before the second half of the book begins, I think my heart skipped a beat when Nick saw what was in the woodshed but the reader didn't know yet. Then all hell broke loose and all I wanted for Nick was revenge!
Gillian Flynn did an amazing job crafting this intertwining plot. Every detail plays a part and there are no loose threads at the end. The characters really become real and I felt like I became a part of the story.
Not knowing the guilt or innocence of the husband and then, realizing that the seemingly innocent wife is not at all so. Finally, dawning on me that no one here is innocent and that everyone has their guilty burden to bare even the cop, Boney.
I like the relationship between the brother and sister.
They add so much to the drama. Kirby carried the repressed rage of the husband toward his wife perfectly while Julia's smooth cadence ignited the listener understanding of a beautiful, irresistible sociopath.
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Seriously, anything Julia Whelan narrates is brilliantly done. She's one of the best narrators out there, she's amazing.
And Gillian Flynn is a dark, soul searing writer. On the surface, Gone Girl is about a wife who goes missing: did her husband have anything to do with it? You will be torn back and forth trying to decide which of these two characters, the husband or the wife, is the sympathetic one.......I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but this book is wicked good. You can enjoy this book at the surface level but you'll love it that much more if you relish a dark, dirty look at just what lengths two sociopaths on a collision course are capable of. Which one will you find sympathy with? The conclusion is truly frightening if you "get" this book and care.
Did I scare you? Because Gone Girl will haunt you if dare to read it deeply.
And for the rest of you- it's a good book. You'll enjoy the plot and the twists and turns as you try to sort out what's happened to make this young married woman a Gone Girl.......or who did it...
The audio book was very well and devilishly cleverly devised. I could not tear myself away from it.The narration was excellent and drew me into the characters world.Gripping till the end.A must listen.
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