You obviously play with the formula, and we’ll see if we can talk about it without giving too much of the book away. Because whenever a woman disappears the story basically writes itself. How much fun was it to subvert that?
I was very interested in what it meant to be the villain in a national missing-persons case. Whether or not Nick is guilty, and I’m not saying, I liked the idea of how your behavior is affected when the whole world finds you suspicious and perhaps a little vile. If you cry too much, you are putting on a show and probably killed your wife. If you don’t cry enough, you are cold and callous and probably killed your wife.
Nick is a very media savvy guy, a former journalist, so he knows better, he knows how it all works, and yet he resists giving the media the show they want. There are behaviors he could assume that would make his life easier, but he can’t bring himself to do it. Whether that’s admirable or stupid is debatable.
(Which, if you haven’t read it, please buy and save for beginning on Friday night, because otherwise you won’t be able to stop reading it and you’ll have to quit your job. What’s that? You do activities on Friday nights, instead of reading? LAME.)