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Gillian Flynn

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Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. She has so far written three novels, Sharp Objects, for which she won the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller; Dark Places; and her best-selling third novel Gone Girl.

Her book has received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. The dark plot revolves around a serial killer in a Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned from Chicago to cover the event. Themes include dysfunctional families,violence and self-harm.

In 2007 the novel was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Writer, Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie, CWA New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, winning in the last two categories.

Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master's degree from Northwestern University.

Genres: Mystery
Barry Awards Best First Novel nominee (2007) : Sharp Objects
Dagger Awards Best Novel nominee (2007) : Sharp Objects
Edgar Awards Best First Novel nominee (2007) : Sharp Objects
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2013) : Gone Girl
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2013) : Gone Girl

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Rage Against the Dying (2013)
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Becky Masterman
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Seven for a Secret (2013)
(Gods of Gotham, book 2)
Lyndsay Faye
"This is a series for the ages, it's so spectacular. Amazing."
Invisible City (2014)
(Rebekah Roberts, book 1)
Julia Dahl
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A Better World (2014)
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Marcus Sakey
Cop Town (2014)
Karin Slaughter
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The Fever (2014)
Megan Abbott
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The Secret Place (2014)
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Tana French
"An absolutely mesmerizing read."
The Monogram Murders (2014)
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Sophie Hannah
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Where They Found Her (2015)
Kimberly McCreight
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Those Girls (2015)
Chevy Stevens
Slade House (2015)
David Mitchell
"Plants died, milk curdled, and my children went slightly feral as I succumbed to the creepy magic of David Mitchell's Slade House. It's a wildly inventive, chilling, and – for all its other-worldliness – wonderfully human haunted house story. I plan to return to its clutches quite often."
The 100 Year Miracle (2016)
Ashley Ream
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Don't Let Go (2017)
Harlan Coben
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The Woman in the Window (2018)
A J Finn
"Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing."
Our Kind of Cruelty (2018)
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Bleak Harbor (2018)
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My Dark Vanessa (2020)
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