Yes, I know I’m the last person in the world to read this book, but I simply must share my thoughts about it! I found myself getting caught up in the hype of the film, and as the book lover within me rose to the surface, I had to read the book first.
I don’t often go for thrillers, but every now and again I do find myself being attracted to them, so when I saw this on offer in the local bookshop I decided to jump in right away.
Amy goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, and her husband Nick becomes the chief murder suspect. But, Amy is not dead. She is framing Nick for her murder, after she discovered he was having an affair.
Although I really enjoyed this novel, I have a couple of things which I want to clear up. Firstly, I didn’t find the book ‘addictive’, as so many of the reviews say. Yes, it’s a very enjoyable read, but it’s not compulsive.
Secondly, I disagree with the idea that this book will make you look at your partner in a different light. Most people’s spouses are not plotting to have them arrested for murder!
Amy is a crazy, horrible person, and that’s the polite way of putting it. She also has previously accused people of raping and of stalking her; she is the queen of manipulation and a master of covering her tracks. I simply hate her.
Nick is a selfish, twisted fool too. He actually agrees to stay with Amy (is he out of his mind?!) because she is pregnant and he wants to be a better dad than his own father was.
The only character who I found likeable was Go, Nick’s twin sister; it’s left to her to scream ‘What are you thinking?’ at her brother at the end of the novel.
The ending left me bewildered and confused. I love how it made me feel that way. This is a book that stays with you, and makes you want to scream with frustration.
I would definitely recommend this book, but be prepared to hate Amy. Now to see the film!