Ahoy there me mateys! Though this log’s focus is on sci-fi, fantasy, and young adult, this Captain does have broader reading tastes. So occasionally I will share some novels that I enjoyed that are off the charts (a non sci-fi, fantasy, or young adult novel), as it were.
This be me read for the August BookBum Club Challenge where the theme be “It’s the sound of the police! – a crime book, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction!” I picked this one because it was the 2012 Goodreads Choice Winner. This book has a 4.05 rating on Goodreads from 1,815,865 Ratings and 125,169 Reviews. I must be missing something.
I did think this book has a very interesting start. Nick is about to celebrate his fifth wedding anniversary when he goes home to discover his living room in disarray and his wife missing. But all signs point to Nick being the killer. Can Nick figure out who took his wife before the police arrest him for the crime?
I think the major problem is that it has been a while since I have read about characters I ended up hating so much. Both husband and wife are liars and hateful, selfish people. The only person I kinda liked in this book was Nick’s sister. I did enjoy some of the details like the annual treasure hunt. The writing style was okay. But the plot ended up being annoying and the ending was just atrocious. I listened to this in audiobook format and I thought the production values were good. I just don’t get the hype.
Much thanks to the BookBum Club for giving me the incentive to read this “it’s the sound of the police” novel.
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
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. 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?
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