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General Information

Name:  Gillian Flynn  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Kansas City, Missouri

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Illinois Connection

Flynn lives in Chicago and attended Northwestern University where she earned her Master's degree in journalism.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gillian Flynn is an author and worked for ''Entertainment Weekly'' magazine as the film and television critic for ten years. Her 2006 debut, ''Sharp Objects'', was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Her second book, ''Dark Places'', was released in 2009 and was named a New Yorker Reviewers' Favorite, and a Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction book. Film rights have been sold for each.

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Titles At Your Library

Sharp Objects
ISBN: 0307341550

Broadway Books. 2007



Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

Dark Places: A Novel
ISBN: 0307341569

Crown. 2009

I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ.

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club . . . and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.

As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer.

Gone Girl
ISBN: 030758836X

Crown. 2012

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet? With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.


Sharp Objects

  • ''Edgar Award'' finalist
  • Winner of two of Britain's ''Dagger Awards'' - the first book ever to win mulitple Daggers in one year.
  • Dark Places

  • A Weekend TODAY Top Summer Read
  • One of ''Publishers Weekly''s Best Books of 2009
  • One of ''The New Yorker''s Reviewers Favorites from 2009
  • One of ''The Chicago Tribune''s Our Favorite Fiction of 2009
  • Gone Girl

  • ''New York Times'' Bestseller
  • ''New York Times'' Janet Maslins 10 Favorite Books of 2012
  • ''Entertainment Weekly''s Entertainer of the Year
  • ''People Magazine'' Best books of the year
  • ''Edgar Award'' nominee for Best Novel
  • Amazon and Barnes & Noble Best of the Year
  • Macavity Award nominee for Best Mystery Novel
  • Anthony Award nominee for Best Novel
  • The Women's Prize nominee for Fiction
  • Strand Critics Award nominee
  • 2013 ILLINOIS READS Book

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