THE ADDICTIVE No.1 BESTSELLER THAT EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT 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?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 512 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 03/01/2013
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780753827666
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Review by sianpr
I really didn't like this book much. The 2 key characters - husband & wife, Nick & Amy, are 2-dimensional, fulfill every stereotype in the book and have no redeeming features whatsoever. I lost count of the number of times Amy specifically & women generally are referred to as 'bitches' & 'c***s' & got really fed up reading Nick's misogynist fantasies about murdering his wife/ shagging his bimbo student girlfriend. The old cliched whore/ Madonna portrayal of most of the female characters abound (Go excepted but far too little was done with her character). While there's plenty of action, the reader is left wondering if the intended audience is a Hollywood producer. By the end I just didn't care what happened to Nick or Amy. A very over hyped book.
Review by PIER50
Loved this book, a pretty sinister premise and well executed. The ending of the book does leave the possibility of a sequel perhaps....?
Review by riverwillow
I’m slightly torn by this thriller. On the one hand I love the idea of that both the victim and the protagonist telling their own stories, and their version of events and (no spoilers) I thought the ending was fitting. On the other I didn’t find anything new or that exciting in the story. I also found it quite difficult to relate to the characters, the story may be documenting the extreme end of a marriage that’s drifted in to complacency and mutual disregard, but its really hard to care about such thoroughly unlikeable characters, seemingly without a redeeming feature between them. As a result I can’t make up my mind whether or not this is an average read or a good read, maybe time will tell.
Review by AdonisGuilfoyle
I downloaded this book a few months back, but the more reviews - good and bad - that piled up only made me hesitate to take the Marmite (love it or hate it) test for myself. After two feverish days spent finally biting the bullet, I would have to say I'm undecided, but leaning towards disappointment. Two words sum up Gillian Flynn's 'thriller of the year' - clever, and bizarre. The first half is a little too self-aware, a twist in the tale a la Ian McEwan, but ultimately gripping and well plotted. The second, when the shock revelation finally lets the reader know whether Nick or Amy is the lesser of two liars, is just plain bonkers. Seriously. I think Flynn got a little carried away there, leaving loose ends and implausible explanations at every twist and turn. Great writing, but once past the 'reveal', the tension begins to waver and the ending is an anti-climax, neither satisfying slasher-movie triumph or credible character recovery.
Review by KymmAC
About a third of the way through (page-turner all the way) I began feeling sick to my stomach. Fortunately, at the second part, I was turned around and began enjoying it fully. Great untrustworthy narrators, and terrific shifting of alliances, likings, cheering sections. The ending made me laugh. Nick had the perfect ending, but of course the last chapter was absolutely necessary.Hats off! Read during week in Norwich, at BCLT summer school.
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