After Gone Girl

Cover of He's Gone by Deb Caletti

Have you ever finished a book so quickly that you wish you could go back and read it (minus the spoilers) again? That's how I felt when I read Gone Girl. I read it so fast and liked it so much, I just wanted to read it again. So what did I do? Well, first I read everything else that Gillian Flynn wrote. That took up another few days, and then I had to start looking for new authors and read-alikes. That's when the library comes in handy! The Des Moines Public Library has a great feature — called The Shelf — that you can access on our Virtual Library at We have multiple shelves of adult  fiction and nonfiction, Iowa interests, new and upcoming releases staff picks, and an "If you liked" section. These shelves are great if you just finished a book you really enjoyed and are looking for more like it. The shelf below is specifically for those of you who liked Gone Girl and want to read something similar. The huge success of Gone Girl has sparked a trend of thrillers that focus on marriage and relationships. Below is a list from Entertainment Weekly of recently published books with that common theme. In addition, there's also a list from Random House of what to read when you've finished Gone Girl.

So tell me: What was the first book you read after Gone Girl? Did it satisfy your need for another page turner? Have you read any of the books below, and if so, what did you think? I have a surprise for the first two people who comment on what you read after Gone Girl, or what you think of any of the other books listed in this post. I want to hear from you!

What will you read after Gone Girl? (from Random House Library Marketing)

Missing persons

He's Gone by Deb Caletti

Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay

Family secrets

The Drowning House by Elizabeth Black

The Dinner by Herman Koch

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Psychological thrillers

Drowned by Therese Bohman

Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach

The Vanishers by Heidi Julavits


Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton

Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman

Heartbroken by Lisa Unger

Till death do us part (from Entertainment Weekly)

The Innocent Sleep by Karen Perry

The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

Watching You by Michael Robotham

Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse


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