I give this book 4/5 Stars
Synopis from Goodreads
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?
I found this book extremely thought provoking.
A story of a marriage, personality disorders, reaction, needs, desires, realities and everything that can challenge your ideas of what is acceptable or not.
I see this book as showing that as a reader, at first you feel for the wife, then the husband, which leads you to think of a conclusion that some marriages are merely acting which bind couples together through their own failings.
Flynn manages to make you feel that you like the characters, even when you dislike their behaviour. This is such an intricate novel that has a real insight into how people behave.
An excellent read!
Would I recommend this book – absolutely, it is already proven to be a well received novel by its readers and received the GoodReads Choice of 2012, well deserved.
- Hardcover, 395 pages
- Published May 24th 2012 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson (first published 2012)
- ISBN 0297859382 (ISBN13: 9780297859383)
- Characters:Nick Dunne, Amy Elliot Dunne, Margo “Go” Dunne, Rand Elliot, Marybeth Elliot
- Setting: North Carthage, Missouri (United States)
Literary awards: Barry Award Nominee for Best Novel (2013), Anthony Award Nominee for Best Novel (2013), Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award (RT Award) for Suspense/Thriller Novel (2012), Shirley Jackson Award Nominee for Best Novel (2012), Edgar Award Nominee for Best Novel (2013)
Goodreads Choice for Best Mystery & Thriller (2012), Women’s Prize for Fiction Nominee for Longlist (2013), Grand Prix des lectrices de Elle for roman policier (2013)