All the Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl, Dark Places, and Sharp Objects — Oh My!

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I thought I might be the last person on earth to read Gone Girl since its height on top of the best sellers lists for countless weeks, but when I asked several of my friends if they had read it they said no, so I guess I’m not too far behind. Gone Girl was one of those books that was so good, it threw me for such a loop, I was immediately interested in the other novels Gillian Flynn wrote (Gillian with a hard G), immediately ordered them, and devoured them.

I typically read at night before bed, and these are not the types of books that I’d recommend for that. They definitely did not help me fall asleep, they just kept me up reading late as I couldn’t put them down. Plus they each have characters that are so twisted you are thinking, how could anyone come up with this?!? Chalk it up to writing creativity I guess.

One thing to know about Gillian, which you may have guessed if you’ve read all of her books, is that she is from Missouri. All of her books are in or around Missouri. I knew I liked her, she’s a fellow Kansas Citian (Missouri side) like myself. There’s something in the Kansas City water — lots of awesome creative people from there.

Back to the books — if you haven’t read them, it is time. And if you read Gone Girl and then didn’t want to immediately want to read her other books then I’m not sure we can be friends. I actually bought each book versus reading it on my iPad or Kindle. I like to support authors by reading their actual books, and also she’s from KC so I wanted to be extra supportive. I would have bought them all hardback, but couldn’t find Dark Places and Sharp Objects in hardback. I also bought them because the covers are black, so it works with my home decor — yes, I actually think that way.

Let’s start with Gone Girl. It was Flynn’s breakout novel so I started with that one, (even though Sharp Objects was her first novel, then Dark Places, and most recently Gone Girl). I’m not going to ruin it for you, but it’s about a marriage. There’s a twist about halfway through this book that totally threw me, and I was just thinking, damn Gillian Flynn, damn you’re a good writer. In each book I just couldn’t imagine how she comes up with these plots. Gone Girl is currently being made into a movie with a release date of October 3, 2014. I might have to go see this one on opening night…

Sharp Objects, also a dark and twisted story, had my least favorite ending of the three books. It just seemed to end a bit abruptly. Still an amazing book, but I think the ending could have been stronger. Otherwise it was great. I could relate to Camille, the main character, being a reporter (not that I am, but I am somewhat of a writer and having gone to journalism school, I understood her need to “get the story”).

Reading Dark Places before falling asleep … not helpful for my insomnia. The main character, Libby Day, escaped while her family was being murdered — possibly by her own brother. This novel is also being made into a movie staring Charlize Theron as Libby. Not who I pictured as Libby but I trust casting directors (although I think they got Peta wrong in The Hunger Games casting, a younger, blonder, quieter version of Channing Tatum is what I envisioned).

Gillian, I’ll be patiently awaiting your next novel, and can’t wait to see each movie!

Have you read Gone Girl or Gillian’s other books? What did you think?

Read a few interviews with Gillian on Elle.com, The Daily Beast, and USA Today.