Synopsis: 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. 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?
**spoiler alert** – This review is full of spoilers so read at your own risk!
Review: This book is one of the very first psychological thrillers I’ve ever read. Amy Dunne was raised by parents who, out of a fictional character, have created a rival. Amy spent most of her childhood competing with a perfect character, thus aiming for perfection which is rather unrealistic. This toxic environment has moulded Amy into someone who wouldn’t forgive, not hers nor someone else’s imperfection. When Nick stopped being the Nick she married, she took that to heart. To her, he was failing as a husband and him cheating was the last straw. She had to punish him for not being the person she wanted him to be; he had to suffer for not being perfect. I’m not defending Nick here cause he’s not the innocent one in this story, no one is.
Most people did not like the ending. I found it quite suitable for the story, especially this:
“My gosh, Nick, why are you so wonderful to me?” He was supposed to say: You deserve it. I love you. But he said, “Because I feel sorry for you.”. “Why?”. “Because every morning you have to wake up and be you.”
To me this was a rather powerful comeback. Nick actually felt sorry for her. Amy just being Amy, living with her own thoughts and twisted mind is an enough punishment for her.
All in all, I loved this book by Gillian Flynn and it made me want to read more of her work.
Goodreads link: Gone Girl