Author Gillian Flynn is already three for three when it comes to her writing career — the former Entertainment Weekly television critic has published three bestselling novels over the course of just eight years in the book-writing game, all of them attracting a massive and rabid fanbase.
But if you’ve already read (and loved) Gone Girl and are eager to find other titles like it, there’s plenty more to choose from, depending on what about Flynn’s tricky mystery most enthralled you:
1. If you’re looking for another truly twisted modern murder mystery, try Jennifer Dubois’ Cartwheel
DuBois’ novel actually pulls from a real-life crime — the murder of Meredith Kercher and subsequent trial of her roommate Amanda Knox back in 2007. Although the parallels between fiction and real life are strong, Dubois’ novel emerges as a book with its own (very strong) merits. It’s the kind of dark and unsettling crime novel that fans of Gone Girl will eat right up, thanks to switching perspectives, constantly evolving characters, and the kind of modern touches that only the most contemporary writers can fold in so seamlessly.
4. If you’d like to get into another dark novel about obsession, pick up Laura Lippman’s I’d Know You Anywhere
Flynn’s novel takes a nutso turn in its second half that changes the trajectory and the tone of Gone Girl in a big way (if you’ve read the book, you know we’re talking about Desi, Amy’s obsessive ex-boyfriend who weaves in and out of the narrative before making a major play for importance late in the story), suddenly making “obsession” seem like not nearly a strong enough word. Need more of that? Pick up Lippman’s I’d Know You Anywhere, which chronicles what happens when a convicted kidnapper and murderer tries to reconnect with one of his victims — the one that got away.
5. If you’re hungry for another novel that turns its eyes to the weirdness of news-making crimes, pick up Zoe Heller’s What Was She Thinking? [Notes on a Scandal]
Once the Dunne disappearance hits the wire, Flynn cleverly skewers the wackiness of cable television and the hellbent hosts that latch on to stories like Amy’s and run with them — for a very long time, no matter who they hurt, cost be damned. Heller’s novel also addresses a hot, seemingly made-for-TV crime that consumes both the people involved (namely, a teacher, the student she has an affair with, and the obsessive woman who won’t let it go) and perfect strangers who watch the story splash across the news.
6. If you’re bent on reading another book about one heck of a bad marriage, go for A.S.A. Harrison’s The Silent Wife
Amy Dunne is more than meets the eye — and while we know that early in the novel, we don’t fully understand just how twisty Gone Girl goes until about halfway through. Harrison works in the opposite way, making it clear from the first chapter that said silent wife Jodi will kill her husband Todd by the book’s end, putting the pleasure and tension on finding out both how and why that will happen.
8. and 9. If you want to dive deep into some more Flynn fiction, it’s time for you to buy both Sharp Objects and Dark Places.
It should go without saying that, if you liked Flynn’s Gone Girl, you’re probably the precise target audience for her previous novels, but both Sharp Objects and Dark Places come with a serious caveat: they’re really, really twisted.
No, seriously — they’re far darker and deeper than Gone Girl, the kind of novels that will keep you reading and then give you big-time nightmares after you finally manage to put them down. They’re both stacked with Flynn’s trademark zip and wit, but they also come with the type of emotional heft that Gone Girl only edges up against. However, if you’ve devoured Gone Girl and have fallen for Flynn’s style, you’re definitely ready to experience the twisted families at the heart of both Sharp Objects and Dark Places. Just maybe don’t recommend these two to Flynn newbies — Gone Girl is the prescription for that particular need.
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