October Book Club Pick- great choice!
Summary (back of book)
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?
In all honesty, I LOVED this book! I was so convinced in the first few chapters that Nick killed his wife. I mean it made sense, it all added up- except the body. But then once you actually start seeing Amy through Nick's eyes, and even reading the Diary Amy entries, you start to think, what? Yes, Nick looses his temper but is he really capable of murder? I don't think so. This book is brilliant, from beginning to end. I mean, Gillian Flynn is a genius. A true genius. The mind it takes to fashion a crime so devious, is remarkable.
It's hard for me to really decide if Amy is demented sociopath or just pure evil. I think both really. Yes, she's incredibly smart but who the hell does THAT to their husband to teach them a lesson? I mean come on. Just divorce him for heaven's sake. I mean the attention to detail she had planning her own murder/death, wow. I could never do that- which probably why I'm considered normal. I mean it took her a year or so to plan all the details. The fake credit cards, the fake diary..I mean, wow. In a sick way, she is to be admired. She's the kind of psycho that has followers and copycats. Flynn definitely broke the mold creating this character.
Nick is a tired, bored husband who only has one thing going for him- the 20-something hot college student he's banging. He never sees the setup by his wife coming. He does figure it out though. And the good thing is that one of the officers is on his side. I mean you get the feeling he's just not that smart to pull off a murder. He would do something to screw it up. In a big way, like call 911 on himself. In the end though, I just feel incredibly sorry for him. I mean geez, to figure out your wife framed you for her own murder, then she shows back up after killing her supposed 'kidnapper, rapist' well, damn, that sucks so bad. And the thing is, he can't divorce her. She has too much on him. His life is rough and it sucks. I really would love to know what happens though. I would love to know if he does end up killing her, like she should be, that demented witch.
Amy's parents are a different breed. I hated them. I mean HATED them. They are the reason she is the way she is.
I loved loved this book. The plot and all the twists and turns will keep you wanting to read and make you not want to sleep. In total, it took me 24 hours to read. I started it one morning and finished it the following afternoon, after begrudingly going to bed because my eyes were going bleary. It's so worth the lack of sleep.
5 out of 5 stars!