by Gillian Flynn
genre: thriller, crime, mystery
This has been my most recent twisted, sinister read. ‘Messed up’ only begins to define this well-written book. Find out why I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars!
(Taken 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
My friend gave me this book recently for Christmas. She’s a big romance reader but this was one of her favourite thrillers. And I can understand why.
I really enjoyed this novel. While the scenes were gripping and they kept me reading, the story ultimately unravels slowly for killer twists and turns. I am someone who gets bored easily if the book doesn’t snag me. This book did and I am glad I kept reading. I have a few gripes about the ending but the rest of this review will contain major spoilers. I have included the ‘book is for you/not for you’ bullet points above so that way if you haven’t read it, you can see if you would want to or not. Major spoilers will be included in this review.
This book is for you if you:
- Want a character and plot rich story
- Love books that sometimes reflect on how society works and expectations, providing food for thought
- Enjoy gritty sinister stories where often the characters are very hard to like/relate to
This book is not for you if you:
- Dislike books with too many twists and turns
- Want an easy going thriller with mild crimes Continue reading