I suspected, going into this, that the hype would ruin it for me, that my expectations would be so high it would inevitably fall flat. That was not the case. Flynn slyly (and often comically) disseminates the "institution" of marriage, cuts to pieces men and women and how one gender perceives the other, all under the banner of a twisted thriller. On the surface it seems like a missing persons case, a did-he-or-didn't-he? whodunnit, but that's merely the surface tension atop a deliciously toxic love story. Wonderfully wrought, funny, disturbing, impeccably written, and with a superbly (and appropriately) messed up ending, Gillian Flynn deserves all the praise that has been levied upon her.