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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This book has been one of my favorite audiobooks so far. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 for story is the ending was somewhat dissapointing. The entire book is riveting and keeps you guessing. The book takes a turn about two-thirds through, but then starts to unravel a bit. I still highly recommend, I just would have ended it differently.
I would've enjoyed this audio book more if the male narration was done by someone else. The only reason I gave two stars for performance was because I really enjoy Julia Whelan's work. The story (plot) is very slow moving and unintriguing. The format of male and female characterizations performed separately takes me out of the flow of the plot. Finally, a refund would make this a better experience for me. :-(
The author did a great job throughout the book, but seemingly lost his drive toward the end. 85% of the book was a great listen. I could've done without the last part and left it to my imagination.
The guy second-guessing himself and the rather thin rationalization for that.
Not much...just not my kind of story.
Don't know...the narration was okay, but the sNeeded more action, less psychoanalysistory couldn't be saved by it.
Not sure...did not finish the book.
I listen to books to be entertained... my favorite genre is a "Legal Thriller" I have actually been a member since 2001. Love my books!
I almost gave up on this book, the beginning was tough for me to get through. I found my mind wandering and unable to stay focused on the book. I stayed with it and I am glad that I did. I must say it is not your usual mystery and that is one of the reasons that I enjoyed it. By the third part of this book, I could not put it down. It is well worth the credit.
I listen on my way to and from work. My time is valuable so I much prefer only "very good" reads. The voice and presentation is just as important to me as the story itself.
i don't think there is anything about this book that is a better experience from listening vs. reading.
It was an interesting story, kept me interested. At times on edge, but also with a bit of "now that would not be possible" Still am intriguing tale that I would recommend.
too long for that!
While at times the story is hard to fully believe, it was interesting, entertaining, and I kept me listening until the very end.
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There are soooo many twists and turns you just keep going and you are constantly wondering what is going to happen next. That is until about ¾ of the way through and then it gets wordy and you just want it to “get on with it”. However, keep going...
It keeps the reader guessing and that even happens at the very end. Two ways to look at the ending… Who won the game? I do not know and neither does my other half. Makes you wonder… and keep discussing…
Intriguing, fascinating story! I just loved this book! I couldnt put it down!!! Amazing Amy or is it notorious Nick?
A long commute audio listener
This is a good story. The narrator draws you into the story. The twist at the end is interesting. I wouldn't be surprised if this was made into a movie.
Definitely a book I have and will continue to recommend. Hard to find a good read that doesn't follow the typical formulaic plot line. In the top tier.
In broad sense, you could compare it with "We Need To Talk About Kevin" in that it is a story driven by the borderline personality disorder of the primary character. Gone Girl however is more about dysfunctional relationship and you will definitely find parts that are true to life. Gone Girl made me chuckle at parts and always seemed to take a turn I wasn't anticipating. Refreshing - didn't know how it was going to end up!
I liked the down to earth, matter of fact way they portrayed the characters, real sometime off beat.
Sometimes love bites!
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