I've given this four stars because three is too few. Four is too many, but three is too few. (Really Goodreads folks, find us a half star i...moreRemarkable.
I've given this four stars because three is too few. Four is too many, but three is too few. (Really Goodreads folks, find us a half star icon. I promise not to over use it. :))
I finished this book late at night and then just sat there, staring at the wall. I now understand all of the people who kept insisting this book was the book to read.
There are two camps with regard to this book, either you freaking love it or you wonder if everyone else is crazy. It was easier, in my opinion, than Sharp Objects, I didn't care for that book at all. I see the talent in Gillian Flynn with this book. I see the possibility of her future as a writer in this book.
Flynn is a rising star indeed. She builds suspense well. She captures the everydayness of the life in a marriage in a way that makes the reader wonder: what is my spouse thinking, I mean really thinking?
Nick Dunne and Amy Elliott Dunne are thirty-something and existing in a no longer happy marriage.
Nick is the good guy. It's how he sees himself, it's how he's always been viewed by the world. He's the beloved and much doted on golden boy son and brother. He's a Midwestern boy who leaves home to make his way in New York as a writer.
Amy Elliott is the only one of her friends not to be married by the time she is thirty. She's quasi-famous because her parents traded on her existence in a fictionalized version of her in their serial books called The Amazing Amy.... She's gorgeous, she's wealthy, she's everyone's best friend or at least they all think they are her best friend. She has a trust fund, a terrible love life and falls for Nick within hours of meeting him.
When they marry it is the golden thing they have both longed for. She is the cool girl and he is the wonderful guy. They are as happy as they hoped to be. However, as their marriage ages, they discover that maybe they aren't who they think they are and maybe their marriage isn't golden.
Once the magazines and newspapers begin laying off people Nick is laid off. Soon enough, Amy is as well. Then the call comes that Nick's mother is terminally ill and his father's Alzheimer's Disease is moving fast. They pack up all and move from NY to New Carthage, Missouri.
The wheels have come off of their relationship and the trouble has only just begun. On the morning of their fifth anniversary, Nick gets a call from a neighbor that his front door is wide open. He rushes home to find that Amy has vanished.
O'Hara provides interesting insights into the life of an actress. She also has good insights into the lives and personalities of some of the best know...moreO'Hara provides interesting insights into the life of an actress. She also has good insights into the lives and personalities of some of the best known from Hollywood's golden era.
I've enjoyed her in many roles over the years and now enjoy some of those films even more.(less)
Interesting books about the last 24 hours of the life of Christ. There are facts about the crucifixion that I never knew. Mostly, Hamilton spends the...moreInteresting books about the last 24 hours of the life of Christ. There are facts about the crucifixion that I never knew. Mostly, Hamilton spends the book putting the reader in the shoes of the various players in this oft-told but little understood story. I don't recall ever getting a history lesson about these factions and competing narratives before. I understand more about this time and these circumstances than I ever have and for that I'm grateful to Hamilton for the work he did preparing this text.(less)
Wonderful, funny and moving. Jackson manages to write beautifully flawed characters who keep me laughing, guessing and enthralled. I loved this one as...moreWonderful, funny and moving. Jackson manages to write beautifully flawed characters who keep me laughing, guessing and enthralled. I loved this one as much as everything I've read by Jackson. I intend to keep reading her books.(less)