Heidi Jo Brady
Stephan Lee
November 15, 2012 AT 02:56 PM EST

Gillian Flynn, best-selling author of 2012’s runaway hit of the summer Gone Girl and former Entertainment Weekly critic, will pen her first-ever young adult novel, to be published by Delacorte Press. In addition, Crown Publishing, a division of Random House, has signed her for a fourth adult novel, slated for 2015, and an additional novel for adults after that. Release dates for her fifth adult novel and her first young adult novel have not been disclosed.

Although there are no details yet about Flynn’s foray into YA, themes of self harm, violence, small-town prejudice, and smothering parents run through Flynn’s adult novels, so it’s a reasonable bet to guess that her first book for teens will go into dark territory as well.

Flynn’s three novels, Sharp Objects, Dark Places, and Gone Girl, have sold 2.4 million copies all together. Gone Girl, released in June of this year, has already sold 1.8 million units across print and digital platforms.

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