Discussing through Chapter "Nick Dunne Seven Days Gone" (#1)
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Reminder of where we are in the story:
Nick finds out that Amy tried to buy a gun before she disappeared, and then hears about Noelle Hawthorne who claims she was best friends with Amy even though he had never heard a peep about her from Amy. The police are focusing more and more on Nick and are not really paying much mind to the possible suspects that Nick keeps bringing to their attention. He ends up talking to Hilary, an old friend who stalked Amy in grade school; and Desi, someone Amy had a relationship with who went psycho on her when she broke up with him.
Nick finally tells us that he's been cheating on Amy with a 23 year old girl, Andie. He's been hiding this since he knows this makes him look very bad.
The cops bring up credit card statements in Nick's name showing lots of extravagant purchases with a crazy amount of credit card debt to go with it. Nick tells them that he's never seen these before but the police don't believe him.
During a press conference Noelle busts in to do a grand reveal that Amy was pregnant. Nick had no knowledge of this before, and of course the press and public go crazy with this new information which gives Nick even more reasons that he would want to kill his wife. Go begins to doubt Nick's innocence.
Amy's diary entries show how much she's been trying to salvage things and support her husband while he is obviously pulling away. At one point she writes that Nick hit her, which is right before she decided to go out to buy the gun.
Nick finally hires a lawyer, Tanner Bolt, who is infamous for defending guilty wife killers. Nick continues to solve the clues that Amy left behind for their anniversary, and figures out that the last clue is sending him to Go's shed in her backyard. He opens the door.
Ideas for discussion:
1) What do you (or did you, before you read on) think is in the shed?
2) What are your impressions of this section? Has your theory changed at all?
3) Any predictions for the future? Or what were your predictions before you read ahead? :)
Monday, September 2nd
Through "Nick Dunne Nine Days Gone"