Author: Gillian Flynn
Published: June 2012
What They Say: There are two sides to every story...This is THE US No. 1 bestselling novel that everyone is talking about...
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?
What Sheli Says: I have seen ridiculous amounts of hype for this book and was really looking forward to reading it. I was expecting something that would make me hold my breath with anticipation, and although I enjoyed the book, it just didn't hit the mark for me.
The story is well constructed and there is a twist in the book. The initial build up is designed to make you hate the husband, Nick and side with Amy who has gone missing. This didn't really work for me as there was something about her that I didn't like. I did like the fact that although I disliked both of them, I still wanted to continue reading.
The story unfolds in a very clever way and you are never sure if things are quite as they seem. I thought that some of the book dragged and I thought that some of the language and descriptions were unecessarily crude. This has to be bad for me to comment on it! I also felt that the repeated use of very British swear words didn't quite sit right in the story and felt as they had been included to shock, rather than to add to the story.
Overall, I am glad I read this one, but won't be rushing out to read anything else by the author.
Sheli's Rating: 6/10