Goodreads Synopsis (shortened): 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?
Immediate reaction, you ask? Wait, what? Wow that’s f’d up.
There were twists and turns in this book, and it was so well done!
The chapters alternate between Nick’s narration and Amy’s diary entries. And we get to see each character’s true colors, very interesting.
I’m afraid to go into too much detail because certain things are revealed at different points in the story that I want to comment on, but I don’t want to ruin it for any of you who want to read this. But if you have read it, I encourage you to leave comments and we can discuss. And I’ll warn anyone who hasn’t read the book yet: read the comments (if any) at your own risk!
Let’s try a different style of review: my reactions throughout the book (not in any particular order):
- Suspicion (of a character)
- Annoyed (with some of Amy’s diary entries in Part I)
- Suspicion (of the situation)
- Creeped out
What a great psychological thriller. I definitely recommend this to everyone!