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 is one of those times I am not sure where to begin. I picked up Gone Girl because it was on sale and I wanted to see what the fuss was all about. I could not put this book down. Amy and Nick are two of the most messed up characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading about.
The book goes back and forth between the perspectives of Nick and Amy. There are three parts to the book a before, during and after if you will. We first meet Amy as she narrates her story through her diary and Nick tries to decipher the clues she has left for him from her anniversary treasure hunt. Let me break it down individually.
Let’s start with Nick. He is portrayed in a way that makes him out to be the bad husband. Not that he is a great husband. He lacks the interest that should help him through the clues. But then again a lot of men I know don’t listen. He does things or says things through out that make you wonder did he do it or is he telling the truth.
Then there is Amy. Oh Amy. Let me state first that I had heard all about the book before I started reading so I knew what was to come. Amy comes across as your “All American Girl” she is the apple of her parents eye, the inspiration for their books and just an all around good girl. Or is she? She is a master manipulator who knows the value of patients.
I could not put this book down. It was well thought out, well written and well executed. I was completely drawn into this malfunctioning family and couldn’t wait to see where the story would take us next.
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