This started out as a five star book & devolved a bit. I'm going to spoil everything, so Kelly, don't read this yet.(view spoiler)[So the beginning section of this book? Boy Loses Girl? Is a flat-out masterpiece. It's told from two perspectives. One is husband Nick, starting on the day that his wife Amy goes missing, filled with creepy tidbits that lead you to believe that he killed her. The ending of the chapter where he's just found out that Amy's missing & has met with the cops at their ransacked house, from out of nowhere he says, "It was my fifth lie to the police. I was just starting." Later he muses, "I feel my father's rage rise up in me in the ugliest way. Amy could tell you about that. She would definitely tell you, if she were here." Yikes! Then there's Amy's diary, a few entries about when she& Nick met & fell in love & many more about the ways their relationship is falling apart. Amy's diary is like an epistolary car wreck - it was excruciating, but I could not bear to look away. Full of passive aggression, justification of Nick's terrible behavior - he doesn't show up to a girl's night + husbands, or even call, but by the time Amy gets home she has spun it to mean that she's such a good wife that she refuses to make her husband behave like "pathetic dancing monkey" by actually expecting him to hold to plans they've made together. Watching her marriage fall apart & seeing her react in the worst way ever pained me. Her diary makes Nick out to be a gigantic asshole, but hey, if you want to stay married to the guy, stop being such a doormat. She’s such a pitiful specimen of girl, you can’t help but feel sorry for her, especially in light of Nick’s flashbacks (?) to her crawling on the floor with her head dented in & blood everywhere.
Second section Boy Meets Girl is where it all starts spinning out of control. It turns out Amy is still alive. She's faked her diary & her death, she's actually trying to frame Nick because she hates him, and her plan is succeeding because she's a brilliant mastermind. The mistakes she makes as she's on the run sort of obscure this brilliance, however; why befriend shady Greta & Jeff & basically allow them to rob you? Did you honestly think that Desi was going to just give you tons of money & let you walk away? And what on earth was supposed to happen after he did give you the money? She has a wonderful soliloquy about being the Cool Girl in a relationship that I absolutely love, but things turn increasingly campy. By the time she’s back with Nick & he’s working with the police to try to prove how she’s a killer and she tells him she’s pregnant to keep him from turning on her, I was laughing out loud. Perhaps this is all for the best. The beginning was so dark, maybe there was no way this book could’ve sustained that without collapsing in on itself. And even for all its melodrama, the end is still pretty interesting stuff. (hide spoiler)]