Right, so funny story with this one. I downloaded after watching Girl on the Train thinking that this book was that – because for some reason my brain thought that these were the same. I don’t know why, but there you go. I’m very much a like to read the book before watching the film, but both these books became big phenomena so really, it didn’t matter so much for me at this time.
I don’t usually go for this sort of thing, so thought that it was also good for me to branch out into other genres. I guess this isn’t a typical example of the genre though?
Fair warning though, I’m not going to be able to talk about this one without a few spoilers.
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?
I don’t usually hate characters in books. And I don’t think I’ve ever hated all the characters in a book before, bit this one certainly set the bar from pretty much the beginning. Nick was irritating as hell. I feel like if you were married to someone for 5 years, and with them for longer than that (although, to be fair I can’t remember how long they were together for before they were married) that you wouldn’t be quite like Nick. Nick was so careless and unemotional that another human being was missing, and his wife no less.
And Amy? Spoilt rich kid turned poor yet didn’t lift a finger to work or to help. She didn’t feel compassion for anyone, not even her own parents, or Nick’s mother – dying of cancer – and she just wanted to be in New York with her New York lifestyle, and the husband she met there.
As we are revealed more about Amy and her motivations is begs the question in the first place of why she bothered to get married. She was pretending to be someone she wasn’t from the word go – something that suggests that she didn’t know who she was at all, aside from a psychopath. I mean, she does literally get away with murder in the end.
Both the main characters are hateful towards each other. Like, really, absurdly hateful. If you felt like that, wouldn’t you just leave? Nick’s affair was completely predictable the moment the author started mentioning his disposable phone. You don’t have a burner if you don’t have anything to hide!
There was a lot of filler content in the first third of the book that slowed down the progress of the read. It actually made it hard work to keep going through it actually. Once Amy’s physical character came into play it was slightly more interesting. Although, her keeping referring to her weight gain when it equated to about a stone pissed me off. A stone wouldn’t make that much difference to her appearance than say – 4. [Ask me how I know].
The supporting cast of characters were also just as bad as the main set. The detectives incompetent, blundering and down right useless, the neighbours wanting to be in with Nick then turning on him when he didn’t want their attention or their food, his sister partly because her name was ‘Go’.
This book for me made me self reflect a little as well. Am I that bad in my life with my partner? Definitely not! Do I know everything there is to know about him? No, but that’s okay because it would be boring otherwise.
I thought that the film did a really good version of the book. They managed to transcribe it well – not that any of the characters were made any more likeable by being on the big screen. That being said, I think I would rather see the film and endure the book again. That says a lot, don’t you think?
How did you find this one? Did you find any of the characters likeable or relatable?
[The end of the blog brings me up to date with my books, next up will be the knitting one!]