Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Adult Lit: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release Date: 5/4/2012
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About the Book: On a typical Missouri morning, Amy Elliott Dunne has gone missing on her anniversary. Her husband Nick is the main suspect. Amy has left behind a diary that includes many secrets and a peek into what kind of life she and Nick had-and it wasn't as happy as it might have appeared. Is Amy dead? If so, who killed her? And is Nick innocent? Full of twists, nothing is as it seems.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: First off, thank you to my friend Angie at Fat Girl Reading for suggesting this book. She told me it lived up to all the hype-and she was right!
Gone Girl is a very twisty thriller-just when you think you have things figured out, the story changes. Which makes it a very hard book to talk about and review, because I don't want to give anything away. What I will say is that Gone Girl is the book I have talked about most this year. When anyone asks me for book suggestions, Gone Girl is the first book I mention. It was just so shockingly good, addicting and, I know I've already said it, but twisty, that I couldn't put it down.
I listened to Gone Girl on audiobook-it's narrated by Kirby Heyborne and Julia Whelan. I'll admit, I got it mostly because Kirby Heyborn totally won me over at ALA Annual this year with his adorable ode to librarians.
I'm always a bit wary of dual narrations because I get frustrated when the voices don't match what the other narrator has already laid out. You don't have to worry about that here. Kirby Heyborn and Julia Whelan mirror each other's voices perfect. I believed Kirby's Amy voice and Julia's Nick voice. I didn't have to wonder who they were talking about, I knew because the voicing was so perfect. They also do an excellent job adjusting their voices as the story goes on and gets even crazier-their narration changes to fit the plot and it's so addicting and very easy to get caught up. This was an audiobook that I kept finding reasons to listen to-I even cleaned my house and made dinner because I wanted to keep listening! If that's not a mark of a good audiobook, I don't know what is!!
I will mention that the first part drags just a bit, but stick with it and you'll be rewarded-I promise. Also, this is an adult lit title, and it's very much adult lit-I don't know that there's a lot of teen crossover appeal since there's a lot of midlife crisis, job crisis, marriage in crisis (lots of crisis!) that I don't think teens would really care about. It's also very psychological and dark-this is not a happy, feel good book. Yet it's a book I couldn't stop thinking about and talking about, which I think makes it well worth the read (or listen).
If you're looking for your next great audiobook listen and are up for a very dark and messy tale, give Gone Girl a try-and then talk to me when you're finished because I know you'll want to!
Full Disclosure: Reviewed from audiobook purchased on Audible.com