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?
Miss Riki’s Review:
This intense psychological thriller has everything I love in literary fiction. It has beautiful prose, a haunting, deeply unsettling storyline, and holy heck- so many plot twists. Just when you think that you have everything figured out, everything changes and you’re plunged once again in to the dark, where nothing is quite as it first appears to be.
The fact that the two main characters in this book, Amy and Nick, are wholly unlikable cannot be dismissed. I’ve seen so many reviews where people discounted the book for the sheer unlikeablility of the characters, but you have to go into the novel knowing you’re going to hate them and just allow yourself to be awed and shocked by the pure evil of the human spirit. I am a firm believer that a book can be wonderful in every way, even when I hate the main characters, and this novel is the perfect example of that. Flynn allows her characters to be dark and is unflinching in that portrayal. I hated Amy and Nick, but man- I loved this book.
This was my first Gillian Flynn novel, but I’ll definitely pick up more of her work. Her writing style is all clean lines blended with atmospheric elements and I loved her narrative voice. If you’re looking for a page turner that will keep you guessing until the very end, check out Gone Girl. It’s worth every convoluted twist and turn.