Really liked Gone Girl, didn't care for Dark Places, loved Sharp Objects! Can't wait for Gillian's next!
I was expecting a typical thriller/murder mystery from this book's description; something to pass the time but not something to enjoy. What I got was something entirely different and shockingly enjoyable.
I would describe the genre of the book as part Stephen King, part Tennessee Williams, part Agatha Christie, with a very modern feel. The book doesn't really fit into any one drama, but is unquestionably dark and at times disturbing. The protagonist, Camille, was intriguing and likable at every turn. The narrator does a fantastic job of bringing her to life. She also injects plenty of life into the few sympathetic minor characters and the vast supporting cast of terrifying and repulsive southern W.A.S.P.s
Strengths: Interesting, realistic, flawed characters (though often garish and exaggerated). The atmosphere of the book really allows you to picture everything. It makes you feel like you're from a small Missouri town, even if you've never been to middle America or the deep South.
Weaknesses:I was able to guess the ending about halfway through the book. However, this wasn't entirely a weakness. It was fun to guess. I was never 100% positive about my pick, and the plot kept me excited and attentive right up to the end.
I was sad when this book ended. Picking up another Gillian Flynn novel will be bittersweet, because I got so attached to Camille during this book that I feel a strange loyalty to her.
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Great story, great reading. No happy endings here, but it all seems to make some sort of sense in the end. A little bit violent, but it serves the story- never gratuitous.
Gillian Flynn"s three books (Dark Places, Gone Girl and this one, Sharp Objects) have been the most compelling, intelligent audio experiences I have had in the last few months.
I am finding it very difficult to find anything close to this quality to read (listen).
If a man had written this story, he would have been labelled a sexist, misogynist or general inn the war against women. There is not one female character in this book that could, under any circumstance, be called normal. Most of all the principal character. One wonders about the female companions kept by Ms. Flynn, if these are the characters portrayed in her books. We have the main character making an apology, not by an oral statement, but by offering oral sex. Not the women of whom I have met or known over a lifetime. I will read another of Ms. Flynn's books, and they fall into the category of "trash".
I read Gone Girl quite some time ago and really enjoyed it. I seem to have had a few not so great book choices lately so thought I'd go back and search books by authors I have liked. This book did not disappoint! WOW! Everything about the book is perfect - even though early on I knew "who'd done it" - you were never 100% sure and when all the details come together it was amazing. Highly recommend this and I will be reading Dark Places in the near future!
The characters are too unlikeable. I don't mind a distasteful character, but I have to have a emotional reaction to them - either passionate hate or gleeful distaste, like the characters in Gone Girl. This was just... sad.
Because of Gone Girl, I will always take a chance on Gillian Flynn. Loved, loved, loved that book. The characters in Sharp Objects and Dark Places were just a little to far too the left of sad, depressed and broken, although they are redeemable in the end. Personally, I don't think I do well with pity parties. Book was fine and had a good ending, but I've been very spoiled by Gone Girl which was excellent.
Needed a little more bite. Reading was too soft, monotone and sad. Made the book more depressing than it should have been. But I suppose she did her best based on the material.
Read Gone Girl. Totally worth it.
There is nothing better than a good book!
Wow! I am a hUGE fan of Gillian Flynn(and Ann Marie Lee's narration!) after hearing this one.... It's raw and gritty, yes....but it's the kind of story you just can't seem to stop listening to! It pulls you in and doesn't let you go!!! I want more from Gillian Flynn- I'm starting Dark Places right now!
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This isn't quite as good as Gone Girl, but it's far better than most modern murder mystery. It's so dark. So dark. I read it in winter, and I wish I'd read it in summer ...
Yes. You were kinda disgusted by all the characters, and you just weren't sure who was guilty of what.
I would. It was a good story, kept me on my toes and had a bit of a twist at the end.
Most interesting was the mystery of it all. The least interesting? The main character! She is so wimpy, to the extreme! There were several moments where her actions made me cringe. Hated the main character.