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)
captivating, unexpected, fresh
The diary revelation. This changed the story and also added another layer of intrigue. There were many twists in the story and very complex characters.
Amazing Amy the Final Chapter
I never got to the print version. Only the audio.
Yes it did.
I didn't really have a favorite.
Wow. What an amazingly crazy story. I was enthralled from the very beginning. I thought for sure I knew what was going on but alas, I did not. I have to say I was surprised at the many twists and turns this story took. Sometimes the characters did exactly what I expected only to find that they didn't really. Again...WOW.
No. Knowing the ending makes listening again pointless.
The way the book is written makes it perfect for two narrators
No. The main character was discusting.
The Shoemaker's Wife
The main character.
There are so many good books out there, why read about meanness.
The twists and turns in Gone Girl kept me rapt until the very last word was read. I could not predict the story, couldn't guess what the characters would do next. Thrilling and chilling to the end. Excellent listen!
I plan to listen to it again, because it was so intense, I might have missed something!
The wife. Listen to it, and you'll KNOW why! All of the characters were well-developed and fully integrated into the plot.
The moment that you realize that the plot is definitely NOT going where you thought it would.
LISTEN TO THIS! It is one of the best books I have read/listened to, ever, by far. It was like a good movie; I couldn't wait to hear what would happen next.
Having an ending that didn't make you sorry you ever spent time slogging through the book.
Not a book by this author.
A very unique writing style with interesting twists to the story. The author plays with your emotions because what you think is happening isn't what is really happening. Then at the end when the story line should coalesce into something satisfactory, the author ends the story in a way that is makes one sorry they ever spent time reading it.
Yes. She portrays a victim who is not, shows a damaged woman, with all odds against her, finding justice of a kind. Also, the book is thrilling & characters behaviours make sense.
Uplifting in a way. Courage shown.
Will spoil the story.
Several, again don't want to ruin this book for those yet to read it.
Get this book, get all Ms. Flynn's books. You will be most pleased, I believe, with your purchase.
The main characters are beyond irritating, which I suppose they were meant to be. I did not want to hear one more thing about either of them. The story had interesting twists and turns, but nothing could make me like anything about it.
The performance successfully portrayed the insipid annoying characters.
I really liked this book. It was full of suspense, and very twisty. Just when I thought I had figured it out, Flynn threw in another curve ball. I highly recommend it. The narrating was also very well done.
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