THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEROn 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. 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?
I decided to pick up Gone Girl for a couple of reasons.
One - it's been made into a movie that seems interesting to me. (UPDATE: I just watched the movie and made the hubby watch it with me. It was great to see the look on his face when we reached the Part Two part of the book come to life on the screen. I had to spend a good fifteen minutes after the movie ended to fill him in on a lot MORE crazy that wasn't on the screen. Still, the movie was probably pretty good even if you don't know all the extras. Nothing compared to the book - as is the usual outcome.)
Two - the reviews of the book are very intense. Some say it's horrid, some say it's great. Most say they hated the ending. I HAD to know.
I assumed, because of the reviews, I probably wouldn't like the book. I'm glad I tried it anyway. I really liked the book. It wasn't fun or happy, but it was very interesting and kept me wondering. It's a bit deranged and without giving out spoilers, I can say it's an interesting romp through crazy.
The book isn't overly gory or vulgar, but it definitely is an adult read. It takes us through a fairly typical, if slightly unhappy, marriage. Though I have (or seem to have) a great relationship with my husband, I can see how the marriage between Nick and Amazing Amy evolved into what it did.
As for the ending - you'll have to read the book or watch the movie to find out the ending. I'll just say that though most of the reviews I read said they hated the ending, I think it was appropriate to the story. Even if it was... let's just say - the way it is.