Ok, so I'm a little late to the party because everybody read this book ages ago and now Gillian Flynn is one of the most popular authors out there, with not one but two movies coming out this year. And, I have to say, she deserves it.
For me, it wasn't really the story that got me in because -without spoiling anything- I must say the "big twist" in the middle of the book was quite obvious, and the end was also expectable. Actually, that last thing was one of the things I liked about this book, but I'll get to that in a minute.
The book is divided in three parts, and although each is a continuation of the last, all three of them are completely different, which I liked a lot because it kept the story from dragging. It's hard to review this book because anything I tell you, apart from part one is a huge spoiler. Seriously, anything.
So I'll just say that the first part is about a woman named Amy, who disappears on her 5th wedding anniversary. Naturally, the husband is the prime suspect because first, it's always the husband. Second, there are various clues that point in his direction, and third, they were having a lot of marital and financial problems. Nick insists, of course, that he didn't do it. But then why is he being so secretive? Why doesn't he tell the police everything he knows? And, what happened to Amy?
More than the story itself, I really liked how the author presents the characters and how different each character's "voice" was. It felt real. I really felt like I was reading a real Nick, in real life, and a real Amy, in her diary.
As I said earlier, the ending was something I expected, but that was a good thing. Gillian Flynn does such an amazing job guiding you through her characters' lives, making you know them so much, you can't help to understand where everything is going to end. Not because it's right or wrong, but because you know who they are and what they will do.
That's about all I can say about it without revealing too much, but in sum, I liked the book. Not as much as I expected, but enough to recommend it to anyone who wants to have a great read. I will definitely read more of this author! Four stars!