Saturday, April 28, 2012

"Where have all the flowers gone?" Song lyrics

This powerful story begins with Nick Dunne and his wife, Amy, in their days as newlyweds in Brooklyn, New York.

They seem relatively happy and are characters that the reader can relate to. Then their jobs are lost due to the economic downturn and magazines eliminating jobs.

Nick gets a message from his sister, Margo, who is at their hometown in Missouri where she is caring for their parents whose health is deteriorating.

To help his sister and have something positive to do, Nick moves back to Missouri, against Amy's wishes.

He opens a bar and is well respected in his hometown. Quietly, Amy increases her resentment that she is being taken for granted and that she was forced to move away from the opportunities in New York.

On their fifth anniversary, Amy disappears.

In alternating chapters we read of Amy's diary and see the relationship falling apart. then we read of Amy's being tired of being the "Amazing Amy," to a woman who catches her husband doing something and wants revenge.

In the other chapters we see what Nick is going through after Amy's disappearance and his reaction as he begins to piece together what is really happening.

Both parties seem to be responsible for what goes on and the author does an excellent job of describing the marriage and the characters.


Marjorie/cenya2 said...

Sounds like a fantastic read.
Loved your review.

Patricia said...

Another one for my TBR list, Mike!
I like the front cover. (I will give Amazon a visit now!)


Patricia said...

(Amazon to leave my vote!)


Jonathan Wilhoit said...

So many mysteries out there fail to accurately capture the ups and downs of marriage. Seems like marriages in mysteries are usually either all good or all bad. It's great to see an author who does an excellent job painting his characters in a realistic light.

Sharn3960 said...

Please let me know if this one becomes a giveaway. Sounds great.

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