I previously posted these on my University blog for one of my modules…
If you haven’t heard of Gillian Flynn, where have you been? Last year one of her books was made into a worldwide successful seller – this book/film is called Gone Girl. It quickly became a literary sensation; selling over 2 million copies. I find her writing compelling, frightening and extraordinary. Before I read Gone Girl I did not realise my passion and obsession for the genre crime thriller; how exciting and intriguing I found it.
To this date, she has written four books;
1.In 2006 she released her first book – Sharp Objects which contains themes of a dysfunctional family,self-harm and violence. As the narrative unravels the reader is forced to become active and keep guessing at who the serial killer is. This book will be made into a television series.
2. In 2009 she released her second book – Dark Places which tackles themes of sexual and alcoholic abuse, alongside the daunting grief of death. This book has been made into a film which will be released soon.
3. In 2012 she released her third book – Gone Girl which depicts the concerns between husband and wife and how the media can construct and story and build evidence against an innocent. Not only was this book at number one of the New York bestseller list for eight weeks but it was also made into a popular film.
4. In 2015 she released her forth book- The Grownup – “A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud” I recently read this one and absolutely loved it, although it was really short it still captivated me and made me want me.
I have read four out of four of the books above and the extraordinary aspect of Flynn’s writing is that each one ended completely different to how I expected it to, the way in which she manipulates the narrative through changing the point of view throughout is astounding and amazes me every time I read them. I am sure that her latest release will not disappoint, have any of you read it and want to encourage me further to pick it up? The way each of her stories is about a strong and opinionated female protagonists who takes control of the dark and twisted plots makes me proud and empowered as a women to see them at the front line of literature today.
If you haven’t guess yet, I adore Flynn!
If you haven’t read any of her books, go to a bookshop now and pick up one of her books or click the links below for Amazon.