by Gillian Flynn
This was a good one. This was one of those books that everyone talks about and then it was made into a movie, and even though I’m late to the party, I dove in and read it to see what all the fuss was about (and I’ll definitely be seeing the movie next). I really liked how the book was set up from Amy and Nick’s perspectives and how the story unfolds. I loved Flynn’s style and story line. The one and only thing that I’m having a hard time with is the ending . . . it’s frustrating, but more on that later.
Nick and Amy seem to have it all: great jobs, a beautiful apartment in New York City, and of course, a perfect marriage. However, in an unfortunate change of fate, they both lose their jobs, and Nick’s parents start having health problems, so they decide to move to Missouri to be close to them. Then, on their 5th anniversary, Amy disappears, and the remainder of the book is solving what happened to her. Spoilers: Nick is not the nicest person. He has been having an affair for over a year before Amy disappears and wants to get a divorce. Unbeknownst to him, Amy knows about the affair and in an elaborate ruse, sets up her husband to look like he murdered her, while she slips away to start a new life and see how awful Nick’s life becomes. She doesn’t think through every scenario though and ends up loosing all her money and needing the help of an old flame, who just wants to “care” for Amy by keeping her prisoner in his huge lake house. She keeps weaving lies and ends up killing him and “escaping” back to Nick (who by now has figured out how diabolical Amy is). The world is thrilled (even though they had been condemning Nick the whole time), so Amy and Nick resume living together, even though Nick knows he’s living with a sociopath. Amy has power over Nick (he has no proof of what she did and she gets pregnant), so he doesn’t have a good option to leave. In the end, if he continues to “be the husband Amy needs” then everything will be ok. This is what I can’t wrap my head around. There’s no good option for Nick. Even though he’s not a great guy, Amy is crazy and he has to stay with her! And he’s basically ok with it. Did any of you get why?!
Summing it up: aside from a puzzling ending, this was a very good book and I recommend it.
All the best, Abbey