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?
Wow. Just wow. This one was a definite page-turner! It definitely held your attention, especially after the half-way point, even while switching back and forth between voices/narrators. In fact, I think having two voices definitely added to the suspense. It had you wondering who to believe, as there were a couple of nicely done plot twists. I didn’t expect them at all. I was expecting something was a bit off – but not that! I won’t say any more on the topic, because I don’t want to give anything away. If you like suspense/mystery, you should enjoy that part of it. What I didn’t care for … The “f” word was used a LOT, which I just felt was unnecessary. Also, parts were very crude, and just plain creepy. There is some serious psychosis found within these pages! I thought the ending was a bit of a let down, especially for an author who up to this point had shown some clever twists and turns. The end was anticlimactic, and I really didn’t care for it.
3 of 5 Stars. The author is clearly gifted as a writer, and I couldn’t put it down in spite of the things I didn’t care for in the book.
Would I recommend it to my BFF? Probably not.
Would I recommend it to my 13 year old? Absolutely not.