GILLIAN FLYNN - GONE GIRL (US)
Gone Girl is is Gillian Flynn's third novel
A thriller with an emphasis on relationships.
The narrative voice flips between a husband and wife as gradually we discover more about her mysterious disappearance. But whose statements can we trust?
Gillian Flynn (first name pronounced with a hard G) grew up in Missouri and worked as a journalist. She wrote for Entertainment Weekly in the States: "You leave the office in the middle of the day, go see a movie and talk and write about it. It was the perfect job."
But by 2008 magazine publishing was changing and she got laid off. Gone Girl is her third novel. Fox acquired the movie rights and Flynn is writing the screenplay for Reese Witherspoon.
"My novels have all been dark psychological thrillers. But I think this one has taken off more than the others because it's about relationships and marriage so the story has more entry points for readers. The rise of the internet has really changed publishing. There are blogs and websites and Twitter and Facebook and all those voices out there commenting on what you've just spent a year alone in your office writing.
"Today you know very quickly what people think about your work - and there was a big snowball-effect with this book on social media which gave it a real energy. It's fun to dip in on those conversations… and then you dip back out for your own sanity!
"It's not so much what people say they like or say they don't like: what's interesting is what they talk about online. There are certain passages of my book which have been re-posted endlessly: that's when you know what actually grabbed people. So those online conversations are as important as the e-reader effect which everyone always mentions.
"E-books haven't really changed the way I write. Though in one way they're making reviews more important. People read a great review and then they buy the book 30 seconds later. Everything got quicker."
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