Reviews for Gone Girl
AudioFile Reviews 2012 July
Narrator Kirby Heyborne begins this suspense novel when Nick comes home on his fifth anniversary to an empty house that shows signs of a struggle but no sign of his beautiful and clever wife, Amy. Heyborne creates a persona of passive detachment that begins to show signs of wear as the police investigation increasingly focuses on him. Weaving around Nick's story, Julia Whelan dishes up Amy's diaries, beginning when Amy and Nick first met, with a tone of the doting and loving wife who lives to please. Soon it's clear that neither Amy nor Nick is to be taken at face value. The nuances heard in both Whelan's and Heyborne's narrations heighten the suspense and support the intricacies of the plot. J.E.M. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine
Library Journal Reviews Newsletter
Nick Dunne knows his too-perfect wife, Amy, is planning something special for him to mark their fifth wedding anniversary. Since losing their New York City jobs and moving back to his small Missouri hometown, their relationship has hit a rough patch. But when Nick arrives for the celebration, there are signs of a struggle in several rooms, and Amy is gone. Their marriage has been strained, but he wouldn't kill her…would he? The dual perspectives of Nick and Amy, presented here by narrators Kirby Heyborne and Julia Whelan, reveal both sides of the relationship. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 September #4
Flynn's bestselling novel is a dark and cynical treatise on how malignant a marriage can become when the wrong people say "I do." The book begins with Nick Dunne's first-person account of wife Amy's disappearance on their fifth wedding anniversary and his subsequent encounters with the local North Carthage, Miss., homicide detectives who suspect him of murder. Interspersed throughout the book are Amy's diary entries, which chart her possibly unreliable version of her and Nick's meeting, marriage, and eventual growing apart. This literary setup is perfect for the dueling narration provided by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne. The latter has a soft, youthful delivery that registers a vague sincerity that could also be interpreted as sarcasm--just the sort of voice one might expect from an intelligent, oddly disaffected, potential wife killer. Whelan's version of Amy is filled with entitlement, egotism, and the edgy anger of a genuine or imagined victim. The combined narration of Whelan and Heyborne infuse Flynn's bestseller with an energy that audio fans will find even more satisfying. A Crown hardcover. (July) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC