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)
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Probably not, but it might just be the roles they were reading. Julia's voice was so whiny. Kirby's was too high.
many many chapters, all the endless whining/explaining by Amy. Most of the middle. The plot did not warrant such a long drawn-out book.
While the basic, "whodunnit" is kind of interesting at first, this book drags on and on. Neither character is particularly likable. About halfway through, I actually asked someone who'd read it to tell me what happened so I wouldn't have to listen to the whole long boring story to get to the end. She gave me a hint and I skipped about 20 chapters and listened to the last couple. I felt completely ripped off and disgusted by the ending.
Its hard to choose one thing. The most intruiging part for me was the twist in what actually happened to Amy. That and the ending. Does it really stop there? Is There talk of. Second book because it is hard for me to accept that this is it. That Nick has to accept his fate and the fact that a child is being brought into this dysfunction. Amazing!
The insight that we got from Nick and Amy`s perspective and their thought processes was riveting. Nick really is an a**hole but Amy is really a Psycho B!
Not extreme but intense and thought provoking.
1 Star: Hated it, couldn't get through the whole book.
2 Starts: Finished it, but wasn't worth the time.
3 Stars: Liked it, but wouldn't listen again.
4 Stars: Really liked it. Worth every minute.
5 Stars: Loved it, would listen to it a second time.
The format and narration were both interesting and gripping. Flynn laid the groundwork beautifully, giving the reader more pieces of the puzzle at every turn keeping the flow at a fast pace. I was disappointed with how the story ended (too abruptly).
The back and forth between the characters' perspectives, giving insight to both sides of the same story, made for interesting reading. I also enjoyed the the way Flynn coaxes the reader to pick a side, which turns out to be more difficult the more you read. I would have liked a little more resolution after the plot climax.
While I found Kirby Heyborne just so so, I thought Julia Whelan was brilliant.
World traveling audiobook fan.
I don't know if i can say I liked or enjoyed this story. I got very wrapped up in the plot and the characters and I am ashamed to say it was yelling at my phone at points like the characters could hear me. The story resonated with me, and made me as the question how much innate trust do you put in people that are in your life. My boyfriend became tired of me asking "Promise you won't ever do..."
The characters in the book honestly suprised me multiple times. I dislike the ending but it was well written I just didn't like the choices.
I would recommend this book.
Excuse my language, but it was a mind ####! First I hated her, then I hated him, then her again. These people!!!! But honestly I couldn't stop listening...I needed relief, I needed to know how this story ended and though it did not end how I would have wanted...there was poetic satisfying justice. I wish I could discuss details but I don't want to ruin it for you. It was great storytelling...read it, the crazy rollercoaster ride was worth the credit!
I should give it 5 stars because i enjoyed it but then what would I rate The Help, Memoirs of a Geisha, etc. in comparison?
They deserve each other!
Buddhist, philosopher, relatively sane day walker living day2day life w/ MS. Founder @sitandsayover + @antharia. Speaker/Author #nptech.
I absolutely will listen to Gone Girl again. This is an amazing book and like a movie you love and have seen a thousand times that you see a facial gesture or background object this book will yield clues and insights that will still have me reeling come the end of the book.
What did I like best? Well I am just going to say the ending. I was shocked and surprised and my mouth actually fell open.
I love Nick. He is a great guy and I don't want to give any spoilers so I am just going to say that his character was developed well and is rich and complex and one of the nice things was at the end the twist makes you realize just how true blue this fella is.
A moment that moved me? Isn't the shocking end enough? The book made me run back to Audible and buy all of Gillian Flynn's books and listen to them back to back.
I recommend this book to anyone that is stuck looking for that "thriller" that won't have you on the edge but has enough humor to have you smirking.
Format was lame. Bouncing back and forth in time. Tedious and excruciating.
Maybe. Her last book was a better story with an intereting premise.
Because he reads like the beatles played music. With three chords. Puts you to sleep. Didnt want to finish. I hope everyone who finishes this triathlon for the senses gets a big sexy reward at the end. Im of the belief that the end will make my ass hurt.
Professional Wig Consultant owner of Bambi's Makeover. 50 Yrs. old grew up around wigs & books. My mother always wore a wig & read a book.
Hum i feel sick, did i like this, i'm confused. Weird but keeps your interest.
I have recommended this book to several people...why?...because it is a great read!
The plot is great...awesomely disturbing!!
If you like books that keep you on the edge of your seat and you don't know the end as soon as you start it...this is the ticket.
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