After reading this book I felt like standing up, clapping and hollering Bravo! Bravo!
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?
This book is so popular and has been mentioned so many times everywhere, that my expectations of actually enjoying it were pretty low. I dutifully stayed away from reading any reader reviews so that I wouldn’t be swayed or accidentally read something that might give away the secrets that lie in the pages of this book. I think that was key! If your thinking of reading this, I encourage you to do the same. So for this review I’m going to be extremely vague.
It’s not what you think. Even after you start reading, you will think you know what’s going on but you won’t. Enjoy it! It will remind you of being at a murder mystery theatre or playing a game of Clue. Did you ever see the movie What Lies Beneath with Harrison Ford? How surprising it is the first time you watch it? This book is like that!
The only thing that kept this from being a 5 star read for me was the ending. The last bit, I’d say the last 8th of the book, seemed rushed compared to the rest and the ending didn’t quite satisfy me.
Despite that, this is a stellar read! Bravo! 🙂