Wow. I went into this book knowing absolutely nothing about it except having heard the buzz about how good it was. When I picked it up and read the inside cover, I was actually kind of disappointed – the story about a wife gone missing and the husband being the prime suspect did not really inspire me to start reading. Plus I think I actually groaned when I realised the portions written from the wife’s perspective were diary entries… in my experience this never bodes well.
But anyway, you must see where I’m going. This book was FANTASTIC – the best thing I’ve read all year. I started this on a lazy Saturday morning in bed and ended up reading into the night, as I could simply not put it down – that’s how good it is! The story is about Amy and Nick Dunne and her disappearance from their home on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary. Once their life starts to be picked apart by the police investigation, many things can be interpreted as pointing to Nick’s guilt – family pressures, financial concerns, lies and misunderstandings that come to light – in short, all the same crap that would be revealed in anyone’s life, should it be put under the microscope. I think it was this realism that really grabbed me and pulled me into the story.
I definitely do not want to spoil this book for anyone, so I won’t go into the development of the storyline here. Let me just say that you will be hooked both by the plot and the writing. Since finishing this book, I have been recommending this one to everyone, and would suggest that you go and buy/borrow this book now, and don’t read one single more thing about it before you do.