Published by Crown Publishing Group on Jun 5, 2012
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
Format: Hardcover from Giveaway Prize
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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?
This book made my head explode. In the best and messiest way possible. I tried really hard to think of a way to describe this without swearing, but I can’t. This book is a serious mindfuck. There, I said it. And it’s true.
The start of this book seems relatively normal. Nick comes home and his wife is missing and there appears to be signs of foul play. He’s obviously a suspect in the case. The story is narrated in alternating viewpoint chapters, one for Nick and then one for Amy. Everything progresses as expected, and it’s easy to see how things started to fall apart, and secrets were kept.
And then the second part of the book starts, and your head explodes. There is just reveal after reveal, and it’s crazy.
It’s so easy to see why this is a wildly popular, award winning book. It’s just amazing. The things people are capable of are incredible, good and bad, and the talent needed to write this is astonishing. If you haven’t read this yet, you really need to. And if you know know a short way to describe this without swearing, I’d love to hear it.