I’ve been meaning to read this book ever since I found out the film was being released, but other books kept leap-frogging it on my to-read pile, to the point where the film has been and gone and everyone has stopped talking about it and I’ve only just got around to reading it.
And now, I really really wish it hadn’t take me so long, as I bet the film was amazing on the big screen!
I would imagine if you’re reading this that you probably know the plot of the book, but if not, I don’t want to give away too much. Nick Dunne wakes up on his fifth wedding anniversary to find that his wife has disappeared, and he quickly becomes the chief suspect in her disappearance. He gives quite an honest impression and you start off thinking that there’s no way that he could have done it. But some of the things that he says and does start to make you doubt yourself and think that maybe he did it after all.
Throughout the first half of the book, interspersed with our first person account of Nick is a copy of Amy’s diary. It starts off very lovey-dovey with stories of how they first met, but she starts to get increasingly worried about Nick’s behaviour to the point where she’s convinced that he’s going to kill her.
Then BAM. Plot twist. Then BAM. Another. And BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM. From this point on it’s plot twist after plot twist to the point where you might as well just give up on trying to guess how the book will end.
And talking about the ending, it was probably my least favourite conclusion to a book in quite a long time. Even if you should have given up on trying to guess what will happen, it doesn’t stop you from doing it anyway, but if you can honestly guess how the book will end, I’d be extremely surprised.
But as much as I didn’t like the ending of the book, I found the book as a whole absolutely superb. To keep me hooked like that from start to finish without me once being able to guess what was going to happen as I turned the page makes this a fantastically written book.
I would have given this book 5 stars if not for being so completely dissatisfied with the ending, so it’s a four for me.