Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read
Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable 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.
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Great read! Ending...kinda blah
I absolutely loved this book. Lots of twists and turns. I kept guessing the whole book! I was sucked in and could not stop reading. The author did an excellent job of providing the imagery to take us down the winding road of these characters' lives. I loved the alternating narration. I was only disappointed with the ending. Although the details were tight, I just don't think readers wanted that to be the way things end. I did think a lot about these characters though. I am now convinced there are many people like these characters walking among us--appearing to be "normal" but having dark sides. I plan to read her other books now cause I like her style.
Unique, refreshing and completely disturbing
Gillian Flynn writes as if her life depended on getting every detail precise, each character expertly drawn. This story is unlike any other, taking the reader down one first one road and then doing a u-turn and heading down yet another. The audiobook version is superbly played by voice actors who seem to inhabit the characters. It kept me enthralled to the extent that I didn't want to get out of the car. Flynn is a masterful writer, perfect for the thinking reader who enjoys cerebral, literary humor sprinkled throughout this compelling mystery. All of this author's books offer skillful narrative, refreshing plot lines and intellectual humor, however this book demonstrates the best storyline and writing style yet: a seemingly typical stale marriage that slowly unravels to reveal deeply flawed, chillingly and complex characters and multiple story arcs you won't see coming. I can't wait for her next book.
Watch the News, its Cheaper
I thought the story was very depressing and I didn't care for the profanity. Since I paid for it I listened to it, but I couldn't wait for it to end.