Friday, December 21, 2012
This book is a publishing phenomenon, selling 1.8 million copies to date. It has spent (so far) 20 consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list (including 8 weeks in the number one spot for hardcover fiction).
This is the basic plot of the book: Nick and Amy Dunne celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. In the midst of the celebration, Amy disappears. Of course, the suspicion falls on Nick, who is a compendium of deceits and inappropriate behavior--but is he a killer? With his twin sister at his side, Nick proclaims his innocence, and even Amy's fiercely doting parents are on his side. But as the police investigation proceeds, we find that it is not only Nick that has huge cracks in his golden boy persona, but Amy may not be the golden girl everyone thought she was either.
That is pretty much all I can tell you about the book without giving away too much, because this is a book that will take you on a terrifying roller coaster ride into the darkness of a disintegrating marriage, one characterized by betrayal, manipulation, toxicity, and true psychopathy. I was horrified by these characters as the story progressed, but also fascinated by the unusually smart crafting of the plot by its author.
The good news is that Ms. Flynn is writing a screenplay in which Reese Witherspoon has signed on to produce and star as Amy. No word yet on who will play the handsome Nick. But after the runaway hit the book has become, I'm sure the movie will be a success as well.