“You’ve got your glass of wine, your comfy seat. Everyone is settled in. Chat time is over and someone says let’s talk about the book. The heated debate begins – hopefully,” writes novelist David Klein, author of Clean Break. “After my novel Stash came out in 2010, I was fortunate enough to be invited to a number of book groups. I discovered what made a good group book novel. It’s a novel that gets conversation going and rolling. It’s a novel with characters that spark disagreement, liked by one reader, loathed by another.”

“Gone Girl is, at its nasty little heart, about a marriage gone toxic, so I’ll keep to that theme,” writes RIF Guest Editor Gillian Flynn. “Here are four brilliantly written books about husbands and wives who drive each other to dark extremes.” Bestselling novelist Gillian Flynn shares some of her favorite reads, including The War of the Roses, Until the Twelfth of Never, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and Serena.

“People often ask me if I have a writing routine,” says Gillian Flynn, bestselling author of Gone Girl. “The answer is: kind of. Let me start with this caveat. I am not the world’s fastest writer. When I started Gone Girl, I was not pregnant. Then I was. Then I had a son. Then the son became a toddler. As it turns out, 16-month-olds do not understand the phrase: ‘Mother is not to be disturbed while she channels her muse, my sweet.’ I couldn’t write anywhere around the house anymore. I needed a lair.”

“This book lulled me into its dark depths,” writes RIFer Cathy R. in her review of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. “Flynn is masterful at twisting and turning the plot without relying on standard ploys. You will be surprised again and again, and then once more. Gone Girl starts with a bang and the momentum never lets up. You just can’t stop turning the pages because you have to satisfy the hunger to know the ending.”

RIFers, bestselling author and RIF Guest Editor Gillian Flynn has another great question for you. So let Gillian know what you think, get curious, get creative, and add a question to today’s RIF poll! We’re thrilled to have Gillian Flynn, bestselling author of the forthcoming thriller Gone Girl as our RIF Guest Editor. Check back often for polls, essays, and more from Gillian in the coming weeks. And don’t miss our live video chat with Gillian Flynn on Thursday, May 31 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

RIFers! We’re thrilled that Gillian Flynn joined us for a live video chat via Spreecast on Thursday, May 31 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Thank you to everyone who tuned in and asked such great questions! Here’s the cool thing: even if you missed the live chat, you can still enjoy Gillian Flynn’s answers to some really great questions, including: What writers influence you? Where do your evil female characters come from? And what did your husband think reading Gone Girl? Lots more – don’t miss it! Just click the play button and enjoy a candid, intimate video interview one of the most talked-about thriller authors out there!