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? – Goodreads
OH HEY THERE, NON-YA BOOK. I’ve been in one of those awful reading funks and, while I usually gravitate to the adult genre in these situations, it’s always toward the fluffly contemporary/romance type reads. In recent months I had heard a lot about Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl so my curiosity was definitely piqued. I always enjoy a good mystery in my books, and I always get sucked into those missing persons and mysterious deaths Dateline specials, so this sounded like something that would keep my attention glued to the pages. So, altogether, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl was a different direction for me. Did I enjoy it? Somewhat. Will I read more of Gillian Flynn’s books? Yes!
To be honest, I figured out one of the main ~twists~ early on. Maybe I was supposed to, I don’t know, but thankfully Gillian Flynn created two layered and TWISTED characters in Amy and Nick that completely grabbed my attention. I can’t say I liked either of them, but these were two damaged individuals and I was gripped as details about their marriage, and Amy’s disappearance, came to light. It’s difficult to comment on certain aspects of their characters without giving anything away, so I will just say that Amy and Nick are complex, toxic and, at times, made my skin crawl.
While I may have seen a twist or two coming, there was still plenty that had me going “AHHHHH!!!” and saying, “WTF?!” That ending especially had me going, “No, no, NO!!” It is all so messed up and I was left with a feeling of complete unease. But it was the best type of feeling for this book.
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