Gillian Flynn has published three novels: "Sharp Objects" in 2006, "Dark Places" in 2009, and "Gone Girl" in 2012. Flynn is American with undergraduate and graduate degrees in English literature and journalism. Her novels are dark mysteries that have been published around the world in dozens of languages.
"Sharp Objects" takes Camille Preaker, a big-city journalist, back to her small hometown to cover a story about the serial killings of teenage girls. Camille is a cutter with a history of psychiatric troubles that she traces to her mother's inability to show love for anyone but herself. As she investigates the killings, she comes face to face with long-hidden family truths.
"Dark Places" is the story of Libby Day, the only survivor of a mass murder that claimed her mother and two sisters. Libby's brother Ben was convicted, and Libby has survived the quarter-century since on a dwindling fund of charitable donations. When the Kill Club asks Libby for help proving her brother's innocence, she provides it but only at a price.
"Gone Girl" is Flynn's best-selling novel, with a movie version released in 2014. Narration moves back and forth between a married man and woman as they move through the twisting events unfolding around her alleged kidnapping.