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?
What a very twisted, brilliant book! It scares, and fascinates me a bit that there is someone that can conjure this kind of story in their minds, but WOW, I liked it.
The story alternates between two different voices (I love this writing style). The first part is written from Nick’s perspective, although you only get to know him very vaguely. This also contributes to the fact that as the story unfolds you are not sure if Nick is innocent or not. It kept me guessing the whole time.
Amy on the other hand is a whole different character. You get to know her through her diary entries in the first part. In the second part (which is written through her perspective) you get to know her a little better and this is where it gets twisted. Although you know her a little bit better you still cannot help feeling sorry for her at some points. It is safe to say the reader has a love-hate relationship with Amy.
Half way through the book there is a big plot twist with a huge realization and the story takes a whole new direction. My mind was blown. I was shocked to say the least.
I just could not put the book down. It was just so delicious and twisted. It boggled my mind and I needed to know what is going on.
For the plot of this book I give a solid 5/5. If you love a good thriller/suspense novel go to your nearest book shop/online shop (whatever rocks your boat) and pick up a copy of Gone Girl.
Have you read it yet?