Advice for Readers

What to read while you're waiting for Gone Girl

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:


5 Books I'm looking forward to reading this summer

My name is Christy Thomas and I am the librarian in charge of the fiction collections at the Main Library. I'd love to hear about what you're excited about reading this summer (including non-fiction) in the comments. Also, I encourage you to participate in our Adult Summer Reading Program here where you can share thoughts about what you've read this summer and have the chance to win a prize.

While I enjoy some of Oakland's fabulous summer weather, I plan on cracking open the following novels: