Are you between 5 and 25? If so, enter the Wicked Young Writer Awards NOW - click here for details...

debuts of the month books of the month join us on facebook
Search our site
Last Letter from Istanbul by Lucy Foley Read the opening extract of the brand new Lucy Foley book before its publication on 19/03/2018

Gillian Flynn Book and Novel

Gillian Flynn - Author


Gillian Flynn was born in Kansas City, Missouri to two community-college professors—her mother taught reading; her father, film. For college, she headed to the University of Kansas (go Jayhawks), where she received her undergraduate degrees in English and journalism.

After a two-year stint writing about human resources for a trade magazine in California (ask her anything about work-life benefits or employment law), Flynn moved to Chicago. There she earned her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and discovered that she was way too wimpy to make it as a crime reporter.

On the other hand, she was a movie geek with a journalism degree—so she moved to New York City and joined Entertainment Weekly magazine, where she wrote happily for 10 years, visiting film sets around the world (to New Zealand for The Lord of the Rings, to Prague for The Brothers Grimm, to somewhere off the highway in Florida for Jackass: The Movie). During her last four years at EW, Flynn was the TV critic (all-time best TV show: The Wire).

Flynn’s debut novel, the literary mystery Sharp Objects, was an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two of Britain’s Dagger Awards—the first book ever to win multiple Daggers in one year. It has been published in more than 20 countries. Movie rights have been sold; Flynn is currently writing the screenplay adaptation.

Flynn lives in Chicago with her husband, Brett Nolan, and a giant black cat named Roy.

If you like Gillian Flynn you might also like to read books by Helen Fitzgerald, Lucie Whitehouse and Cath Staincliffe.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Gillian Flynn

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Dark Places
Gillian Flynn
This is a thriller with a very dark edge, sinister and gripping. Was Libby’s brother, Ben, really responsible for the murder of their parents and will the truth be more painful to bear? A compelling read. Now a major motion...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn
The book that has taken the world by storm, now a huge film starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Brilliant, scintillating, dark and manipulative, packed with twists and turns this is every bit as good as everyone says it is....
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn
Winner of the Specsavers International Author of the Year 2013. One of the Richard and Judy Spring 2013 Book Club selections. What really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife? And what was in that half-wrapped box left so casually on...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/01/2013
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Dark Places
Gillian Flynn
Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2009. Since last years Sharp Objects came out we have been eagerly awaiting the new book from Gillian Flynn and we have not been disappointed. This is a thriller with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/06/2010
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Dark Places
Gillian Flynn
Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2009. CWA Judges’ comments: 'Exceptionally good, mystery thriller that surprises to the end. The central character is beautifully drawn and the structure of the book - the two time scales working...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/05/2009
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Sharp Objects
Gillian Flynn
A dark, disturbing and intelligent thriller with elements of Heathers, Donna Tartt and The Bitch Goddess Notebook.
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/09/2007

Loading other books by Gillian Flynn...


Author Info

Author's Website

gillian-flynn.com/

Author's Facebook

Find Gillian Flynn on Facebook

Author's Facebook Latest

Loading facebook updates...

Did you know

At Lovereading you can download and read an Opening Extract and an online review of books by Gillian Flynn and hundreds of other authors.

Author 'Like for Like' recommendations


You can trust Lovereading to show unbiased reviews by actual, ordinary readers that help likeminded booklovers choose their next great read.

Linda Hill

The selections are so varied and the reader reviews are so helpful. A fantastic website for those who love books.

Ann Quintilla

If you love reading, then you'll love Lovereading! Full of tips & info for every discerning reader.

Lynne Rapson

It's the first site that I visit when deciding on the next set of books to buy. A particular treat is being able to download an extract.

Tessa Olson

Thanks to Lovereading I have discovered new writers and read books I would never had looked twice at - and enjoyed them.

Angela Rhodes

It has enriched my leisure time by introducing me to a world of books which I would not have previously considered.

Val Rowe

The books for review are always great reads, brilliantly written, and introduces me to a huge variety of, established and new, authors.

Lesley Hart

Lovereading are lovely people who send me lovely books. What's not to love?

Gavin Dimmock

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools