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.
Gillian Flynn recommends
The Dog Stars (2012)
"A dreamy, post-apocalyptic love letter to things of beauty, big and small."
Sailor Twain (2012)
"Steamboats, romance, and mythology, and a search for love universally-a haunting book."
The Next Time You See Me (2013)
Holly Goddard Jones
"[A]n astoundingly good novel... Jones writes with authority and a deep generosity... The result is simply mesmerizing."
Rage Against the Dying (2013)
(Brigid Quinn, book 1)
"Wow! An absolute pleasure. Chilling, smart, funny, and what a voice she has."
Seven for a Secret (2013)
(Gods of Gotham, book 2)
"This is a series for the ages, it's so spectacular. Amazing."
Invisible City (2014)
(Rebekah Roberts, book 1)
"An absolutely cracking, unputdownable mystery told by a narrator with one big, booming voice. I loved it."
Cop Town (2014)
"Karin Slaughter is simply one of the best thriller writers working today, and Cop Town shows the author at the top of her game relentless pacing, complex characters, and gritty realism, all set against the backdrop of a city on the edge. Slaughter’s eye for detail and truth is unmatched . . . I’d follow her anywhere."
The Fever (2014)
"With The Fever, Megan Abbott has created a mesmerizing, modern portrait of teenage life today: Brutal crushes, competing allegiances and first-bloom sensuality, all magnified by the rush and crush of technology. The Fever holds true to its title: It's dark, disturbing, strangely beautiful and utterly unshakeable."
The Monogram Murders (2014)
(Hercule Poirot Mystery, book 1)
"Equal parts charming and ingenious, dark and quirky and utterly engaging. Reading The Monogram Murders was like returning to a favorite room of a long-lost home."
Where They Found Her (2015)
"McCreight creates a world that pulls us in completely and genuinely, with characters that can enrage, amuse, and fill us with empathy. It’s a thrilling novel."
Slade House (2015)
"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."
Don't Let Go (2017)
"Simply one of the all-time greatspick up any one of his thrillers and you’ll find a riveting, twisty, surprising story with a big, beating heart at its core."
Our Kind of Cruelty (2018)
"This is simply one of the nastiest and most disturbing thrillers I've read in years. In short: I loved it, right down to the utterly chilling final line."
Bleak Harbor (2018)
(Bleak Harbor, book 1)
"Bryan Gruley’s Bleak Harbor is an electric bolt of suspense, packed with twists and surprises. Gruley’s plot races along, powered by charactersbig and smallwho truly crackle. A masterful follow-up to his Starvation Lake trilogy."
Beneath the Attic (2019)
(Dollanganger , book 9)
V C Andrews
"I will probably be clutching Flowers in the Attic in my gnarled hands on my deathbed."
My Dark Vanessa (2020)
Kate Elizabeth Russell
"A brilliant and stunning debut, My Dark Vanessa is utterly truth-rattling, humane in its clarity and chilling in its resonance. An absolute must read."
Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars (2020)
Joyce Carol Oates
"The most consistently inventive, brilliant, curious and creative writer going."
"Intriguing... Beukes deals with slightly surreal things in very real ways. I'm all over it."
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