AN HBO® LIMITED SERIES STARRING AMY ADAMS
FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF GONE GIRL
Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.
Missouri born author, Gillian Schiller Flynn, was raised in Kansas City by parents who were both professors at a local community college. She is said to have been painfully shy as a child, and found an escape mechanism in reading and writing.
After earning her degrees at the University of Kansas and Northwestern University, Flynn did freelance writing for U.S. News and World Report, then was hired by Entertainment Weekly. She was laid off from that position in 2008, but has nevertheless been quoted as saying that she could not have written a novel had it not been for being a journalist first. It taught her that, when writing, you cannot wait for something spiritual to move you......you just have to start writing and get it done
A recurring frustration for Author Flynn has been the notion held by many readers and critics alike, that women in general must always be good, nurturing people. She said readers sometimes still have trouble with a female character just being "pragmatically evil, bad, and selfish". While she was working for Entertainment Weekly, she was also writing novels during her own free time. Among her three novels are Sharp Objects, Dark Places, and Gone Girl. Each of the three have had their own great success, but most popular has been Gone Girl, which was adapted to film by Flynn after the rights were sold to Twentieth Century Fox for $1.5 million, and was released in October of 2014 to critical acclaim. The awards list seems never-ending for all three novels.
This is a strange book, but a strangely compelling one. Rich detail in the narrative but I felt it went on a bit too long.