#6Degrees of Separation: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

It’s the first Saturday of the month, and that means only one thing: a new #6Degrees of Separation Post! Here’s a recap of the rules:

#6degrees Rules

This month, Annabel and I are starting off with Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, the mega bestseller of 2012, which is still in the charts almost two years after original publication.  A brilliant, twisty-turny tale, the original marriage thriller, is definitely on my recommended reading list.  The film (with Ben Affleck) is coming out soon.

Here’s my chain:

ImageHandler.ashxGone Girl/ Gillian Flynn
This book follows the story of Nick and Amy Dunne, a married couple who aren’t quite what they seem.  Flynn expertly plays with the reader’s expectations of plot, and the motivations of the main characters fluctuate often, keeping the suspense going and making it one of those books that you don’t want to put down.



when-nights-were-coldBefore I Go To Sleep/ S. J. Watson

Another book which follows the tale of one marriage, and also toys with the readers expectations of who to believe, the husband or the wife.  Many readers have compared my book with S. J. Watson’s, and Gone Girl too – as mine is also a sort of marriage thriller with a twist.




the little friendBefore We Met/ Lucie Whitehouse
This is a much more recent book which falls into the ‘marriage thriller’ genre, exploring the early marriage of a young couple and asking if the husband is as perfect as he first appears.  It was wonderful to do an event with Lucie recently at Forum Books in Corbridge: we discussed the similarities of our novels, our writing processes, and our lives overseas.



To_Kill_a_MockingbirdMrs Hemingway/Naomi Wood
It’s rare for me to find a book I switch off my critical ‘writing voice’ for.  Mrs Hemingway, like Before We Met, is a recent read which I couldn’t wait to get back to.  It’s the story of Ernest Hemingway’s life told through the perspective of his four wives, and is endlessly illuminating and brilliantly written.




uncle_toms_cabin.largeSeating Arrangements/ Maggie Shipstead
I’ve just started this book and I’m already blown away by the stunning, evocative writing style, which I’m in awe of in a similar way to how I felt about Mrs Hemingway.  I’m hoping the novel will be another one of those I love.





the_awakening Battleborn/ Claire Vaye Watkins
Seating Arrangements won the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2012, and Battleborn won it in 2013.  I haven’t read it yet, but I look forward to it.  Mrs Hemingway has been longlisted in 2014, so this #6degrees post is full of Dylan Thomas Prize nominees!




the_yellow_wallpaperJhumpa Lahiri/ Interpreter of Maladies

This book and the previous one are both short story collections.  I read Jhumpa Lahiri’s collection while I was studying for my Masters, and loved her crisp style which seems so effortless but is very difficult to perfect.

So this chain has taken me through a series of marriage thrillers, to Dylan Thomas prize nominees, to a wonderul collection of short stories.  I haven’t been tempted to use any titles I’ve mentioned before which is a nice bonus.

I wonder what Annabel Smith came up with…

What does your chain look like? Please post it or a link to your blog post in the comments below.

Our next #6Degrees post will be up on Saturday 6th September and we’ll be starting with All The Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld, which recently won the Miles Franklin Award.

19 Comments on “#6Degrees of Separation: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

  1. Brilliant list Emma! I almost started my chain with Before I Got to Sleep (the reason? I read BIGTS on the plane on the way to the US a couple of years ago and I read GG on the plane on the way to the UK this year – both great picks for a long trip!).

    I have Before We Met and Mrs Hemingway in my TBR stack. Looking forward to Mrs Hemingway in particular – it sounds similar to T.C. Boyle’s The Women (about the wives of Frank Lloyd Wright).

    Enjoy Seating Arrangements – it was one of my favourite books the year I read it (although Shipstead’s second novel, Astonish Me, didn’t have me feeling the same…

    Here’s my chain: http://booksaremyfavouriteandbest.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/six-degrees-of-separation-from-gone-girl-to-a-room-with-a-view/

    1. Hi Kate! Sorry for the late reply – just getting my head back on straight after Indie Book Crawl. I’d so recommend Mrs Hemingway – it had me utterly engrossed. Before We Met is a quick read and very enjoyable too. I’ve finished Seating Arrangements now and loved it: so beautifully written. I’ll have to get to her new one at some point too. Love your chain – you’ve given me a hankering to watch Devil Wears Prada now! Em

  2. I adored The Interpreter of Maladies, as well as both The Namesake and The Unaccustomed Earth. Unfortunately I didn’t really enjoy The Lowland; the writing was as magnificent as ever but the story was just too tedious and dreary for my liking.

    Here’s my list: http://wp.me/p3dB1g-fY

    Also – I’m glad your Indie Book Crawl went so well. I would have loved to come and say hi (hence why I kept asking for your updated itinerary) but having a 6 month old son can restrict your movements!

    1. I’m going to give The Lowland a go, but I’ve heard similar things from other people. Love your chain – I’ve heard so many great things about The Miniaturist that it’s another one I need to get to! Sorry we didn’t have a chance to catch up on Indie Book Crawl – but congrats on the baby! Em

    1. Hi Brona! Awesome chain. I’ve wanted to read The Dinner for ages. I have a rule at the moment not to buy any more books until I’ve read all the ones I have, so it may be a bit of time before I get round to it. I absolutely love To Kill A Mockingbird, but I haven’t met many people who don’t!

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