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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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The Next Time You See Me (2013)
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"[A]n astoundingly good novel... Jones writes with authority and a deep generosity... The result is simply mesmerizing."
Leading Man (2013)
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"A funny, sharp deconstruction of our fame-obsessed, media-savvy culture, a charming love story, and a ridiculously fun read."
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
"An absolutely cracking, unputdownable mystery told by a narrator with one big, booming voice. I loved it."
A Better World (2014)
(Brilliance Trilogy, book 2)
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The 100 Year Miracle (2016)
Ashley Ream
"Already one of my favorite novels of 2016."
The Woman in the Window (2018)
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"Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing."
Our Kind of Cruelty (2018)
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"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."
The Witch Elm (2018)
Tana French
"Absolutely mesmerizing."
Bleak Harbor (2018)
(Bleak Harbor, book 1)
Bryan Gruley
"An Electric bolt of suspense."
We Were Killers Once (2019)
(Brigid Quinn, book 4)
Becky Masterman
"Chilling, smart...what a voice."
Motherland (2020)
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"Intriguing... Beukes deals with slightly surreal things in very real ways. I'm all over it."

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