I had it for a long time but I just never got around to reading it. Oops. But I did! I finished! I finiiiiished! (Yes, I am ecstatic because it took me aaaages for some reason… aka coursework, stress, mocks, stress, university prep, stress…) I also promised myself not to watch the film without reading the book first. So this novel is 432 pages long and I will admit it only got really interesting towards the middle because – SURPRISE! – it only gets darker and more messed up than anyone thought. And the twisted person gets his/her way in the end. Hurrah! Yay justice system! (Don’t even get me started on America’s corrupt justice system…)
Here’s the blurb:
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?
Anyway this novel will have you guessing. I promise. But it will also get you bored (beginning), suspicious of literally everyone, even yourself, your family, and your nonexistent child (middle of beginning), freaked out (middle), excited (beginning of the end), aaaaand then it feels lackluster towards the end. Nope. Not having that. Strictly no bull zone.
So it’s a tad bit unrealistic, but we all love that, don’t we? It was quite intelligent but so unreliable as it MESSED YOU UP BIG TIME. I loved this inconsistency, the way it was written with the whole dual perspectives narrative… each of the characters make each other look both amazing and disgusting. Good luck figuring out the truth.
If you ever want to read this, I apologise in advance. I really want you – shoutout to my (0) readers out there – to read it but as I’m still psychologically a mess, I’m probably making it sound either much better or much worse than it is and I quote ‘this book needs to die, while I pet it lovingly’. Take your pick. (See what I did? I’m unreliable. Ha!) If you don’t want to read it, fine by me, just watch it.
I am currently reading Anna and the French Kiss… stay tuned, my precious fans
-Lara, cool girl (giggles maniacally)