Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is one of the most popular books of this summer so far. Flynn's first two novels, Dark Places and Sharp Objects, earned much acclaim, but Gone Girl has proven to be her breakthrough novel, topping the New York Times bestseller list as well as numerous lists of summer reading recommendations. Described as "an intelligent, gripping tour de force, mixing a riveting plot and psychological intrigue with a compelling prose style that unobtrusively yet forcefully carries the reader from page to page" (Library Journal), Gone Girl tells the story of Nick and Amy, celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary when Amy suddenly disappears. As evidence begins stacking up against Nick as the main suspect, the story of a toxic and deceitful marriage unfolds through a series of disturbing twists.
Do not fret if you find yourself on the hold list for this book! Here are some suggestions of similarly gripping psychological thrillers and mysteries (with quick descriptions from our library catalog) to try while you're waiting:
Before I Go to Sleep
An amnesiac attempts to reconstruct her past by keeping a journal and discovers the dangerous inconsistencies in the stories of her husband and her secret doctor.
On returning home in a drunken state after discovering her boyfriend has been married for twelve years, Maureen O'Donnell finds the body of her boyfriend tied to her kitchen chair with his throat cut, and becomes the prime suspect in his murder.
Into the Darkest Corner
Married to an erratic, controlling, and sometimes frightening husband, Catherine plans a meticulous escape. Four years later, struggling to overcome her demons, Catherine dares to believe she might be safe from harm. Until one phone call changes everything.
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
Ptolemy Grey is a 91-year-old man suffering from dementia and living as a recluse in his Los Angeles apartment. Then Robyn Small, a 17-year-old family friend, appears and helps clean up his apartment and straighten out his life. A reinvigorated Ptolemy volunteers for an experimental medical program that restores his mind, and he uses his last days - shortened now by the medical experiment - to delve into the mystery of the recent drive-by shooting death of his great-nephew Reggie.
After thirteen years of marriage, David can't imagine a happy life without Alice - yet he obsessively contemplates her demise. When she dies, David is both deeply distraught and the prime suspect.
Natsuo Kirino, translated by Stephen Snyder
After strangling her husband, Masako Katori, a middle-aged wife and mother working the night shift at a Tokyo factory, enlists the aid of four co-workers to conceal the crime. OUT was awarded the Grand Prix of the Mystery Writers of Japan in 1997 - the Asian equivalent of an Edgar.
Refusing to believe that her pregnant, mercurial, artist sister committed suicide, Beatrice begins an obsessive search for the truth and is dismissed by her family and authorities until she closes in on a murderous predator.