On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
The story is a fascinating idea, a husband being accused of his wife’s murder with a crazy twist near the middle and characters that you both love and hate. But the amount of foul language makes it so I can’t recommend it to anyone without a huge warning about how bad it is. Another thing to keep in mind is that Flynn’s previous book, Dark Places, was also so full of language that we rated it DIRT. This seems to be a pattern and if you want to avoid lots of rough content, Flynn is one to avoid now and in the future with anything else she might write.
Rated: DIRT. Too many uses of the f- and c-words to count. There are also some moderate descriptions of sex and sexual abuse.