Author: Gillian Flynn
First majoring in English, she got a master’s degree in journalism and worked in New York for Entertainment Weekly for 10 years, writing about movies and TV shows. Her debut novel, Sharp Objects, was published in 2006. Dark Places followed in 2009 and Gone Girl, in 2012. All three of her books won numerous awards.
Sharp Objects (5 stars)
Synopsis: Camille Preaker is a journalist/reporter in her mid to late twenties, and she has a troubled past. She left home (and as you learn later, a dysfunctional family) as soon as she could and never went back. The story takes off when she returns, 8 years later, to cover the story of mysterious murders for the newspaper she works at. From there, things get weirder and weirder and troubling memories start to resurface. As she tries to discover the truth about the murders, she can’t help but having a sense of déjà-vu. She gets deep into the case and she eventually needs to face her demons and confront the truth.
*This book is ALSO being adapted to the big screen but the casting hasn’t been done yet.
Dark Places (4 ½ stars)
Synopsis: Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” Libby fled their home into the freezing January snow and 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 remnants of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her. The Kill Club, a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes, locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club… realizing that her testimony wasn’t so solid after all. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer.
* This book is being adapted to the big screen for a release in September of this year and it stars Charlize Theron as Libby in addition to Chloe Grace Moretz and Nicholas Hoult.
Gone Girl (4 stars)
Synopsis: Nick and Amy have been married for 5 years. From the outside, they look like the perfect couple. Nick is loveable guy, and Amy is clever and beautiful. When Amy disappears, everyone starts suspecting Nick. As the police and the media add pressure on Nick and his family, the more lies he finds himself telling, the more truths about Amy he’s discovering. He claims his innocence on the abduction of Amy, but he’s not guilt-free in all aspects of his life. However, Amy also had some secrets of her own…
* This book is being adapted to the big screen, for a release in October of this year and it stars Ben Affleck as Nick and Rosamund Pike as Amy.
Overall thoughts: Gillian Flynn’s books are hard to describe, as they’re full of twists and turns that you wouldn’t expect. The first thing I’d like to tell you is to be prepared to be creeped out and uncomfortable, but not in a bad way. Well, ok kind of in a bad way but to not to be scared of writing about the worse side of humanity is a quality I respect in authors, as it must be difficult and uncomfortable for them too! All 3 novels had unexpected and unpredictable endings, but with enough hints thrown in there to give you a fair chance at making your own assumptions. Gone Girl is more of a psychological suspense while Sharp Objects and Dark Places are more violence oriented. Sickness, problems, issues, hate, ugly truths… some will critique her and say she just uses a bunch of twisted stuff without having a motive for them, but I rather disagree. These details are crucial to represent accurately the state of mind and the darkness of her characters.
She is one of my favorite adult authors and I would consider her an “auto-buy” author, in the sense that I will buy all of her future book, no questions asked. I recommend it for everyone with a medium to high tolerance for harsher subjects such as mental illness, self-mutilation, drug abuse, sex, and of course, murder.
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Happy Reading 🙂