Rating – 9/10
Worth reading? HELL YEAH
This novel is a psychological thriller in which a man’s wife goes missing and is thought to have been murdered, possibly by him. It is a candid in-depth, review of marriage between a narcissist and a sociopath although at certain points either of them could be both or neither. It flushes any fairy tale conception you may have ever harbored about the concept of soul mates down the filthy toilet bowl of realism. The husband -Nick starts narrating his story from the point his wife disappears onwards and his narrative is juxtaposed with chapters narrated by his wife Amy, as diary entries from the point that they first met and fell in love. Amy grew up in the shadow of a fictional character called ‘Amazing Amy’ created by her parents both psychologist-children’s’ writers and lovelorn soul mates. That has its own effect on the woman she becomes.
The suspense is insane throughout. The first half of the book doesn’t even really feel like a thriller, Its just unsettling how easily two nice normal people dwindle into such an abnormal dynamic.It is after a very clever twist about halfway through that things get really dark and eerie- the twist is mind blowing actually. The Amy we see later in the book (non diary Amy) is startlingly intelligent and perceptive and applies those traits in a rather interesting manner. I loved her rant about women being under pressure to be the ‘Cool Girl’ which ends with the words
‘How do you know you’re not Cool Girl? Because he says things like: “I like strong women.” If he says that to you, he will at some point fuck someone else. Because “I like strong women” is code for “I hate strong women.”
This is the book that could discourage you from ever getting married. Both of the main characters are have genuinely endearing and disturbing traits so they are a treat to read and you will put down everything else to read this book. It is just that good. It’s intelligently crafted, hilarious, uncomfortable and scary. I really enjoyed reading it and highly recommend it. I’m very keen to read Flynn’s other two novels.
Let me know what you thought of it if you have read it!