This book opens on Nick and Amy Dunne's five-year wedding anniversary. Nick wakes to find Amy busy in the kitchen making him breakfast. He leaves for work and receives a phone call - from a neighbor - later in the day, saying that his front door is wide-open and his cat is sitting outside. Nick returns home to find a mess, the living room ransacked, the iron left on, a tea kettle burning... the one thing that he does not find is his wife.
Nick calls the police to report the situation and waits on the front steps until they arrive. After a quick view of the scene, Detectives Boney and Gilpin are called. They asks questions of Nick, he provides answers: however, as the reader is told - by Nick - "it was my fifth lie to the police. I was just starting."
Nick's behavior is not befitting of a man that just lost his wife. You want to believe Nick because he's our narrator, we hope that he will not lie to us. The narrative switches between Nick as the narrator and Amy's diary entries. We are painted a very confusing picture of a marriage that has disintegrated; yet, we have to ask ourselves ... is a person a murdered simply because they are an ass?
I refuse to give any more of this book away, as I do not want to ruin the surprises for you. I was completely enthralled by this story. I can assure you that you will be given closure by the end of this book.
I would recommend this book to ... fans of Tom Perrotta, Flynn's ability to flesh out her characters is amazing and reminded me of Perrotta. I would also recommend this book to readers who enjoyed Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson. I highly suggest that even folks who do not enjoy a good whodunit pick up this book, it really is astounding.
Would I read this book again ... I think I must! I was so excited by the plot that I'm sure that I missed out on the slow unraveling of the story.
Gone Girl will be available on June 5, 2012 by Crown.