I loved this book. It was so messed up, but it kept me coming back for more. I devoured it. Horrible people and all. When we discussed this for Books and Bars I was the only one who thought she had run away and framed him. Some thought she had tried to leave him and he hurt her and then she left him or that he had done it. I also felt sympathetic towards him for most of the book. Until the very end. Still felt slightly bad for him because I feel like he was the lesser of the two evils but yeaaaaaah.
1. In the second part of the book, once you know the truth, what did you think was going to happen with Nick and Amy?
2. Do you think someone could actually plan every detail of a set up or murder as perfectly as Amy did?
3. What did you expect to happen after Amy returned? Were you surprised by her "final precaution?" Do you think that would truly be enough to get Nick to stay? Would you have deleted your story like Nick did?
4. Nick stops strangling Amy and thinks, "Who would I be without Amy to react to? Because she was right: As a man, I had been my most impressive when I loved her -- and I was my next best self when I hated her...I couldn't return to an average life" (396).
Is this believable? Is it possible for Nick to be more fulfilled in an extraordinary relationship where he is understood even if it is manipulative an dangerous?
5. At one point, Amy quotes the advice "Fake it until you make it." Later, Nick writes, "We pretend to be in love, and we do the things we like to do when we're in love, and it feels almost like love sometimes, because we are so perfectly putting ourselves through the paces" (404).
Generally speaking, do you think this is good marriage advice? Do Nick and Amy disprove this advice?
6. In what way does Amy's background—her parents' books about her perfection—affect her as an adult?
7. Movie time: who would you like to see play what part?
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