on June 5, 2012
Narrator: Kirby Heyborne
Length: 19 hrs and 11 min
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.
Excuse my language, but holy shit. I think that’s probably an average reaction to Gone Girl. It was pretty much my reaction throughout. My other reaction was ‘how in the world am I going to review this book?’ I feel like I could say the tiniest thing and completely give away something huge. I’m going to be really careful, though.
Gone Girl is a very, very wild ride about a seemingly normal married couple. Sure, they have their share of issues, but those trickle out very slowly throughout the story. I did find the pace a little slow until close to the end of Part 1. The first part was really about setting everything up. Nick’s perspective is from present day and starts on the day Amy disappears. You get Amy’s story in diary entries starting at the time that she met Nick. They eventually lead up to right before her disappearance. This really sets up the mystery well, since it’s like you’re only getting half of the story and they aren’t lining up. It was pretty awesome.
The book is full, and I mean full, of twists and turns. Gillian Flynn does an extraordinary job of leading you to believe one thing and then BAM! That’s not true at all. I loved that even though Nick’s chapters are in present tense, he was still very unreliable. Both of the characters are unlikable–that’s probably a understatement. I did find myself liking Amy alittle, especially in Part 2. That might make me a little crazy, but I found her so fascinating.
I listened to this on audio and it was my first experience with duel narration. It definitely worked well for the story. It took me quite awhile to warm up to the guy reading Nick’s parts. There was just something I didn’t like about it, but it wasn’t a big deal. I really liked Julia Whelan’s voice. I think it fit Amy well.
I’m not going to say anything else. Just read the book and be prepared to glimpse inside a unfathomable situation. You will be shocked. I mean that in the best way possible, I guarantee it will knock your socks right off. Holy shit…