Gillian Flynn (born 1971) is an American author and former television critic for Entertainment Weekly. As of 2012, she has published three novels: Sharp Objects (2006), Dark Places (2009), and Gone Girl (2012).
(2007) Sharp Objects revolves around a serial killer in a Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned to her hometown from Chicago to cover the event. Themes include dysfunctional families, violence and self-harm.
(2010) Dark Places is about a woman who investigates whether or not her incarcerated brother was truly responsible for the murder of their family in the 1980s, which happened when she was a child during the era of panic about Satanic ritual abuse.
(2012) Gone Girl, was released in June 2012 and concerns a husband who searches for his wife, who disappeared on their fifth wedding anniversary, while himself coming under police scrutiny as the prime suspect.
Both of Flynn's first two novels have received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. In 2007, Sharp Objects 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.
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