Who are you?
What have we done to each other?
These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?
This was our book club choice for May and I was so excited to read…almost desperate to read because of the all the hype surrounding it so did my utmost to avoid all reviews, spoilers and movie trailers until now.
I’ve tried my best not to reveal the plot but it’s been really difficult to discuss this without mentioning certain parts so this may feel all a bit sketchy or patchy.
In the first part Boy loses Girl, we’re introduced to Nick and Amy who on the outside appear to have the perfect marriage. Nick’s story is written in the present and Amy’s is in the past, mostly as diary entries. Nick’s painted as an arrogant, selfish philanderer whilst Amy is very much the perfect wife who we instantly love and are rooting for but from the first couple of chapters you get the impression all is not well and then Amy mysteriously disappears.
In part two, Boy meets Girl, there is a fantastic twist with the diary and we find out that actually Amy is a conniving twisted bitch which actually made me feel cheated and a little betrayed that I’d been totally led up the garden path and completely sucked in. I figured out the bigger picture before it was revealed but that was as far as my deductions went that were correct.
There’s so much plotting, planning and manipulation, both Nick and Amy are competing against each other and see who can out do the other person the most. Don’t get me wrong, for the most part this book will have you on the edge of your seat and will most certainly hold your interest, although in some places it tends to drag and could have done with being a little shorter but the suspense was there.
The actual ending in part three doesn’t actually sit right with me either, yes it’s all wrapped up rather nicely but it’s one of those times when it’s quite hard to suspend disbelief and believe they’d actually do that.
I’ve never have been in such a quandary about how I’ve felt about a book. I’ve always known one way or the other whether I’ve enjoyed it or not and why. I gave it a 4 on Goodreads but it actually sits between 3.5 and 4 for me. I loved the first two thirds, but I just felt the ending was so disappointing and underwhelming.
Overall I think that hearing other people’s thoughts may have been prejudiced my reading and enjoyment which hasn’t really happened to me before. I’d heard that the ending was either a lovely or hate it and as I was reading I waiting for it but to be honest by the end, I really didn’t care what happened to either of them.
My ending would have seen Nick prosecuted for Amy’s murder, put on death row and then executed with Amy sat in the viewing area as the needle went in, now that would have been a wow shocker of a moment!
I am interested now to see the movie though; see how its been translated to the big screen and if they keep the same ending!
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