The authorGillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. She has so far written three novels, Sharp Objects, for which she won the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller; Dark Places; and her best-selling third novel Gone Girl.Her book has received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. The dark plot revolves around a serial killer in a Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned from Chicago to cover the event. Themes include dysfunctional families,violence and self-harm.In 2007 the novel was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Writer, Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie, CWA New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, winning in the last two categories.Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master's degree from Northwestern University. For more information visit http://gillian-flynn.com/ The reviewI am speechless and I am not sure if it is because this book is so Great or because I am just happy I am done with it.I heard a lot of good things about this book and most of the mystery people in my surroundings got this book high on their list to rad or read it as soon as it came out. I added it a while ago to my to read list already and grabbed the chance when it came up in a book club read. I just came out of a series of very slow and detailed books and was ready for some action and now comes the but...This book has a very slow start, very slow long start. Like a start that takes up over half of the book. A start that makes you hope for more but gives you a feeling it will not happen anymore. And I started to think about just giving up. Mentioning this in my book club the people there promised me it would be better so I kept going and going and finally it did get better.. just a bit. This book touches brilliance at some points but never really convinced me.The good thing.. the writing style. There are two people with their own characteristics writing a diary like book and the author did a very good job in giving them their own set of words and their own style. Such a good job I noticed it. It made it easy to crawl into the skin of both the characters even though they stood against each other. Overall the book does not really invite me to read another work by this author (though I heard this is really different from her other work). It is not really a book I will advice to other people to read. I am not even sure I will remember much about it in three months. So after writing all this I guess my speechlessness is cause because I am happy I am done with the book.