Genres: Adult, Mystery/Thriller
Published by Hachette on May 24th 2012
Format: Hardcover (413 pages) • Source: Gift
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?
Review: Holy shit you guys. Holy shit. I can’t believe it took me so long to read this book. Finally, after the urging of two of my friends, who demanded I read it immediately, I decided to pick up one of the books that’s been sitting on my shelf since Christmas. I can’t even believe how addicting, twisty, and just fucking insane that this book was. Each chapter made me gasp or whisper “holy shit” to myself. That’s barely an exaggeration; I feel like something crazy happened every effing chapter. This book will have you convinced that someone killed her (primarily Nick) and then the next chapter you don’t know what to believe. The first sentence/paragraph/entire chapter of Part 2 absolutely blew my mind. I try not to bother my boyfriend with an entire plot summary of every book I read, but every once in a while I feel the need to update him constantly about what’s happening and interrupt his video game. This was one of those books. I’m so glad one of the friends who forced me to read this book is in the same office as me because I would just yell out to her all day long. Jesus. I feel like my head is still spinning but I need to get this review out now before I forget all of the crazy emotions I feel. Anyways, the characters in this book were fucking crazy. Amy’s diary entries and Nick’s daily activities/thoughts really blew my mind. When I was first introduced to Nick, he said he has “a face you just want to punch.” I didn’t even see his face and I KNEW I wanted to punch it. (I can totally see Ben Affleck in this role.. what a great casting for the movie). It’s so weird reading a book where you dislike the two main characters. I did like Nick’s sister because she was loyal and funny, but otherwise everyone else sucked. I loved that I hated them; it made the book so much more interesting! How many books can you say you’ve read like that?? I really like books where they develop the characters so completely that you feel like you know them. Nick’s mom died long before the book takes place and I could picture her and her personality perfectly. It was insane. Gillian Flynn has such a great writing style. I can’t put my finger on exactly what I liked about it, but it just flowed so perfectly that I totally need to read all of her books ASAP. If you’re normally not into crime/mystery/suspense books, please read this anyway. I promise you that this is nearly opposite of any book I would normally pick up. If it hadn’t gotten such crazy good reviews, I would have never even bothered with it if I saw it at the bookstore. Okay I want to talk about the ending but I promise I won’t spoil it plot-wise at all.. HOLY SHIT. I can’t believe that’s how it ended. The common discourse is that you either hated the ending, or you thought it fit with the rest of the book. Realistically, no one would like that ending. It’s hard to explain. It took me a few hours to digest it and while I don’t like it, I guess it kind of fit in with the rest of the book. I spent the next ten minutes once I finished the book just yelling “that’s how it ends?!?!” at my poor boyfriend who doesn’t have any idea what I’m talking about. I wholeheartedly give this book five stars. And if I met Gillian Flynn I would kiss her on the mouth.