Nick and Amy Dunne are celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary on a hot summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri. When Nick’s clever and attractive wife vanishes, the presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made. Husband-of-the-Year With cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, Nick isn’t doing himself any favours, but excerpts from Amy’s diary suggest the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anybody on edge. The town’s golden boy parades an endless succession of lies, deceptions, and inappropriate behaviour under increasing pressure from the police and the media, as well as Amy’s adoring parents. Nick is strangely evasive, and he’s clearly bitter—but is he a murderer?