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Gillian Flynn

USA (1971 - )

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.
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
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2013) : Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn recommends

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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)
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"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)
Marcus Sakey

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