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Gillian Flynn

Author of Gone Girl

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About the Author

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, on February 24, 1971, Gillian Flynn earned English and journalism undergraduate degrees from the University of Kansas. She wrote for a trade magazine in California before moving to Chicago, where she received a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern show more University. Flynn moved to New York City and wrote for Entertainment Weekly for 10 years. She was the magazine's television critic for four years. Her debut novel, Sharp Objects, was published in 2006 and won two Dagger Awards. Her other works include Dark Places and Gone Girl. In 2014 Gone Girl was released as a major motion picture which starred Ben Affleck. Her books have been on the New York Times bestseller list for many weeks. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl (2012) 22,186 copies
Sharp Objects (2006) 9,774 copies
Dark Places (2009) 8,599 copies
The Grownup (2015) 1,868 copies
Gone Girl [2014 film] (2014) — Screenwriter — 235 copies
The Complete Gillian Flynn (2013) 85 copies
Sharp Objects/Dark Places (2012) 41 copies
Tjomnyje tainy (2014) 1 copy

Associated Works

Rogues (2014) — Contributor — 1,292 copies
Deep Water (1957) — Afterword, some editions — 696 copies
Drivel: Deliciously Bad Writing by Your Favorite Authors (2014) — Contributor — 28 copies


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Common Knowledge

Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Places of residence
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Chicago, Illinois, USA
University of Kansas (BA)
Northwestern University (MA)
television critic (Entertainment Weekly)
Awards and honors
New Blood Dagger Award
Steel Dagger Award
Edgar Award Nominee
Short biography
Gillian Flynn was the chief TV critic for ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY and now writes full-time. Her first novel SHARP OBJECTS was the winner of two CWA DAGGERS and was shortlisted for the GOLD DAGGER. Her latest novel, GONE GIRL, is a massive No.1 bestseller. The film adaptation of GONE GIRL, directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, won the Hollywood Film Award 2014.



Gone Girls, Found in Reading Books by Women (February 2015)
Sharp Objects in Missouri Readers (January 2015)
Gone Girl in Orange January/July (March 2013)
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn in Missouri Readers (February 2013)
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: Spoiler Thread in 75 Books Challenge for 2012 (August 2012)


I'm unclear on the ending, but I loved the book and the twists.
ThiaCoan | 1,543 other reviews | May 20, 2024 |
Did not finish this book. Somehow after just reading Poet Ben Lerner and Penelope Lively, the writing was not up to snuff for me. The premise was good but I was put off immediately by the writing and felt like there were better choices in my bedside table stack of to-reads.
featherbooks | 1,543 other reviews | May 7, 2024 |
Recién salida de una breve estancia en un hospital psiquiátrico, Camille Preaker se dirige a su ciudad natal a cubrir una serie de asesinatos para el periódico en el que trabaja. Por primera vez en once años, la reportera de sucesos regresa a la inmensa mansión en la que creció, donde se tendrá que enfrentar a los recuerdos de su hermana, que murió en plena adolescencia; pero lo que más perturba a Camille es la presencia de su madre, una mujer fría y manipuladora que despierta la admiración de sus vecinos y que vive obsesionada con su salud y la de los suyos.Con la policía local abrumada por los hechos, Camille llevará a cabo su propia investigación, desafiando las rígidas normas sociales de un pequeño pueblo de la América profunda.… (more)
MariaJoseMedinaB | 538 other reviews | Apr 28, 2024 |
I always get really excited when I get down to the end of a mystery and I am still completely in the dark about who did it and why, this was one of those books. It had me enthralled from start to finish and kept me on the edge with each new revelation. Certain parts are honestly almost sickening, but it is done in a carefully orchestrated way that doesn't lose the message that Flynn is conveying through it.
As someone who has lived my whole life in a town of less then 2000 people it truly captures the dark side of such places, even if it does so in an almost theatric manner, especially amongst adolescence and how bizarre and wrong such things can seem to outsiders.
Another big appeal for me personally is I hate when the endings to books about murder, tragedy, etc have overly happy endings, just something that will completely turn me off a book where the ending of this was exactly what I thought it should have been not dismal but far from happy.
The only reason I haven't given five stars is Flynn built such fascinating and unique characters I really would have liked to have seen more of them and their development/ undoings
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3cats1dog1idiot | 538 other reviews | Apr 26, 2024 |



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