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Gillian Flynn

Born: 1971 in Kansas City, Missouri
Pen Name: None

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

Biography: Gillian Flynn is an author and worked for ''Entertainment Weekly'' magazine as the film and television critic for ten years.

  • '''''Sharp Objects
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  • -- Finalist, Edgar Award
  • -- Winner of two Dagger Awards - the first book ever to win mulitple Daggers in one year.
  • '''''Dark Places
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  • -- A Weekend TODAY Top Summer Read
  • -- Best Books, Publishers Weekly, 2009
  • -- Reviewers' Favorites, The New Yorker, 2009
  • -- Our Favorite Fiction, The Chicago Tribune, 2009
  • '''''Gone Girl
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  • -- New York Times Bestseller
  • -- Janet Maslin's 10 Favorite Books, New York Times, 2012
  • -- Entertainer of the Year, Entertainment Weekly's
  • -- Best Books of the Year, People Magazine
  • -- Best of the Year, Barnes & Noble
  • -- Best of the Year, Amazon
  • -- ILLINOIS READS Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2013
  • -- 10 Best Fiction Books of the 2010's Decade, Time Magazine

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Mystery

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Dark places /
ISBN: 0307341569 OCLC: 249137284

Shaye Areheart Books, New York : ©2009.

For a price Libby Day will reconnect with the players that murdered her mother and two sisters in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas." Having testified that her brother Ben was the murderer on that fateful night twenty-five years ago, now she is not so sure as, 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 OCLC: 753624684

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations 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 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 really know the one they love.

Sharp objects :
ISBN: 9780525575740 OCLC: 62421250

Returning to her hometown after an eight-year absence to investigate the murders of two girls, reporter Camille Preaker is reunited with her neurotic mother and enigmatic, thirteen-year-old half-sister as she works to uncover the truth about the killings.

The grownup /
ISBN: 0804188971 OCLC: 927099266

A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the "psychic" visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan's terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan's teenage stepson, doesn't help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.