Release Date: First Edition, June 5, 2012
Source: Shelf Awareness Giveaway
Review Date: February 28, 2013
Rating: 5 bookmarks
Synopsis: 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?
With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.
Let me just say, you start out thinking one thing, but then book goes completely to the left at precisely halfway through the story. Believe me, you'll be like "What?" "OMG?" "For real?!". Can you say Lifetime movie? I loved ever moment of it. Amy, the wife, is seriously cray-cray. And the husband Nick is an idiot! I sort of felt pretty quickly that Nick was being setup, but I had no clue how, and then when it came out, I was like "Well played!"...and I'm not saying what happened! You have to read the book! I can't even say too much more with out giving away major spoilers, so I'll leave it at that.
I opened this book, not knowing what to expect. I heard good things, but I was just hoping I would feel just as great about the book as others did. Most times I'm disappointed, but not in this case, it delivered! I really enjoyed this book. Like books where several of the major characters are more than a little cray-cray? Like drama? This book is for you.
This was my first time reading Gillian Flynn, but it won't be my last!
Here are just a few of my favorite quotes:
“Republicans go to Sam's Club, Democrats go to Costco.”
“There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold.”
“In truth, I wanted her to read my mind so I didn't have to stoop to the womanly art of articulation.”