This book has been an overnight sensation, with everyone everywhere dying to read it. I initially wasn’t terribly keen on reading it because most thrillers leave me hanging. But from the moment that I picked this book up, I knew there was something more than compelling about it, and I’m glad that it was Sandy’s pick for our book club. Gillian Flynn is very adept at creating stories that you can’t put down, and this book cast its spell on me immediately. This is a hard review to write because it’s so easy to spoil the magic that makes this book work.
Nick is a handsome and charming workaday kind of guy. He co-owns a bar with his sister, and is really just a genial man who is questioning his marriage on the very day that he is to celebrate it. It’s clear that Nick has some issues with Amy and feels that she can be very hard to please, but ultimately, he feels a kind of love mixed with resentment towards her. When Amy goes missing, he’s filled with grief and fear. Who has done this, and why? It’s clear that all fingers are pointing to him, and the fact that he seems detached at times made me wonder. But Nick is a man keeping a lot of secrets that are bound to come out once the media and law officials get involved.
When the second section of the book opened, my jaw dropped with dread. I dare not say more than the fact that the speed of the plot and the twisted thread it wove had me turning pages furiously, wondering where Flynn was heading next. It was a labyrinth of darkness and evil come to rest upon characters that had once seemed benign and likeable. I think as a reader, it’s impossible not to rush through this second and third section of the book, knowing that strange and ominous things are ahead, and for my part, I just felt that it was like being thrown onto a roller-coaster in a straightjacket.
When all is finally revealed and you see the repercussions from the choices that the characters have made, it’s hard to feel anything but confusion and loathing for them. These are very damaged people, and even the secondary characters have their demons that make them very hard to deal with. I sped through this book at breakneck speed, and when I finally turned the last page, I shivered with horror. This isn’t the kind of book that you can finish and forget; rather, it’s a tale that will linger with you in all its ferocity and insanity long after you’ve finished it.
I loved this book, and though it was very disturbing, it was excellent reading and kept me up way past my bedtime just trying to squeeze in one more chapter. It was fraught with extremely complex emotional and physiological situations, and I would have to liken its suspenseful coils to those of an anaconda: the more you struggle to resist it, the tighter it embraces you. Highly recommended for readers who want something new and very different.
This book was provided as a complimentary review copy.