As an audio book it ranks in the upper ten percent of it's catagory of murder mystery and all around just great story-telling. And I have listen to countness audio books over the last twelve (or so) years.
Gillain Flynn's story telling style makes me think of an American version of Kate Atkinson. It's always difficult two compare one book with another when you're good authors, so Case Histories by Kate Atkinson isn't a bad comparison.
Like any good narrater, she puts the listener in the souls of the charaters she's acting out.
There are moments in this book that made me feel anxious for the main character when she put herself in situations of danger.
As with any really good audio book, I'll be revisiting this one again.
Camille Preaker is a troubled young woman and a mediocre journalist. When her editor sends her to her home-town in Missouri for investigative reporting on a possible serial killer, she must stay with her emotionally-destructive mother and wild half-sister. As Camille struggles with ghosts from her past, including her own self-destructive behavior and memories of a dead sister, she discovers that the murders are darker and more complex than she'd originally suspected.
Although this book certainly had a good deal of mystery to it, it wasn't really for me. Although I generally liked Camille's character, there were several times when I groaned inwardly at her choices. She was weak and self-destructive. Such characters are really difficult to write well, and Sharp Objects had a bit of a debut-novel feel to it - perhaps Camille's character should have been created by a more seasoned author. Another issue I had with the book is it was simply too dark for my tastes. There was so much ugliness in the book. Violence, self-loathing, sexual exploitation, and more. On the other hand, I DO understand why some people like this book. The key question to ask is - how much ugliness can you deal with? If you like reading about emotionally troubled characters, then this book would be attractive to you. There was a slight redemptive feel to the story at the end. A ray of hope for Camille. I appreciate that I was given that much.
Narrative by Lee was quite good.
workingmomof2. Lots of driving time = many Audio books
From the very beginning, you want to tell her "No Don't!" but again and again she DOES. It's a slippery slope from the beginning. Poor thing, she must do what she does. Peyton Place has nothing on this sordid community and the people who fill it. The story is bound to end badly and is easily seen from the start but you just don't know exactly how horrible it can get. The writing is precise and compelling with every ugly emotion and detail right out there for you to cringe at. Not a story for people who are looking for any sort of happy ending, but like a car accident - you simply have to look.
It's in the top 5.
I liked the complexity of the lead character. A person with her emotional issues would be easy to write off but I had compassion for her. It's almost as if the author is daring the reader to like this flawed character. Her personal struggles were just as intriguing as the main mystery.
Ann Marie speaks from the point of the view of the complicated character without judgment and with the right amount of emotion or detachment as necessary. Her acting didn't overshadow the story but complemented it perfectly.
The damage may be deeper than you think.
If I didn't know better, I'd think that Gillian Fllynn was a pseudonym for Charlaine Harris.
author of books for teens and children
Flynn is a fantastic writer. I loved Gone Girl. It's one of my favorite novels in recent years. Sharp Objects isn't quite as good, in my opinion, but it's still better than most novels.
While Gone Girl is creepy, I found Sharp Objects much creepier. It was hard to take at times. The main mystery in Sharp Objects is discovering who killed two little girls and pulled out all their teeth. The protagonist is hugely damaged psychologically and physically, and her mother and sister are both horrible. At times I wanted to stop listening because it was too creepy for me. But the suspense was fantastic and I just had to keep going.
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I've been on a Flynn kick since reading Gone Girl ... and now am out of books by this author. Highly recommend this author. Author is a master at dysfunctional family novels, hope none of it is based on her reality.
This book kept you wondering and wanting to read on. A dark tale with many twists. I loved it.
I have fallen in love with Gillian Flynn. I hope she puts out more books soon. Reading one book of hers will make you want to read everything she has written. Great book!
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I like this author but out of the three books this was my least favorite. I thought it was well written & kept me listening but was a little predictable. I am happy I purchased it though.
I really like Gillian Flynn! I enjoyed this book almost as much as Gone Girl although this book has a better ending. The disturbed life/family of the main character sneaks up on you in a way that is unexpected. Definitely a good listen.