I listen to books to be entertained... my favorite genre is a "Legal Thriller" I have actually been a member since 2001. Love my books!
One of the best things about a good mystery is trying to figure out "who done it." Surprise endings are my favorite and I was surprised. I thought that I had it figured out and the book let me think that I got it right. Then "SURPRISE!" I was wrong. Good one for sure. I have all of the books written by Gillian Flynn and I have enjoyed them all. I am looking forward to the next book. It is definitely worth the time and the credit. Enjoy!
Fascinating, Disturbing, Surprising
I compared this book to "Gone Girl", because it is by the same author. It does not disappoint. The two stories could not be more different however, they both are well written, captivating novels.
plot: reporter CAMILLE has come home to write an article about the deaths of young girls. But Camille has some problems she has to over come like her own mental issues.
Camille Preaker has spent time in a psychiatric hospital for her hidden secret...under her clothes lies the "self mutilation" she has done most of her life. She has been a "cutter" a person who "cuts" themselves. Camille's body is a road map of WORDS all over her body. This writer job is the first step in a 'recovery' for Camille who comes back to her home town to write an article about a "series of child murders."
We soon encounter the town Queen ...Camille's mother. Clearly there is no love between this bizarre mother who loves everyone BUT her own children. Camille finds clues from the gossipy town bitty to the town religious nuts.....Gillian Flynn is the Queen of "flawed" characters. She gives us every single 'odd behavior' we can imagine and adds an excellent who done it and why. Camille is very bizarre. We are often repelled and yet fascinated by her. She clearly has lead a very miserable life and continues to deal with her own very bad choices. Having a very creepy mother and an even more dominating little sister.....Camille's own life becomes part of the plot. This is full of very small town flavor and the pathetic and weird mother/daughter relationship is very depressing. JUST what we except from Gillian Flynn. I would have never thought I enjoy this type of book but I was glued to the entire story. VERY good mystery full of odd twists. The lack of likeable characters are what drives most Flynn novels but her excellent "blend" of flaws and mystery..is first rate. 4 out of 5 stars and excellent reader. Also try Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
Sharp Objects was a good read, or would have been if I had actually read it and let my quiet, internal narrator do her job. Ann Marie Lee's narration just didn't do it for me. Like at all. There were some aspects of the story/ G. Flynn's storytelling that realistically didn't sit well with me (for the sake of spoilers, I will refrain from listing them here) but A M Lee's narration was what made this audiobook a pain to get through.
I kept thinking that I had the story figured out but I didn't. I loved Camille and her inner voice. I felt like anyone could relate to her and her family. Gillian Flynn is an incredible writer. I love her style.
The main character, Camille, is really well developed. Her struggle to relate to her family and others makes her a character you root for. The town and its' people have problems yet you understand how it became that way. It is a great set of characters with their own demons and struggles.
Amma! While I hated her and knew she was trouble, she is fascinating. Ann Marie Lee does a great job having her sound sweet and sassy then transitioning to cruel and taunting.
No laughter or tears but I will be reading something happy next. This book was intense and slightly depressing. The impact of Adora on her children is sickening.
Dark & twisty in all the best ways.
Better than Dark Places. Not as good as Gone Girl.
Pronounced the author's name correctly.
Definitely enjoyable! I would absolutely recommend it.
There are only 3, I listened to them all, enticed by the rich "Gone Girl". I am looking forward to a new book by Flynn, but I don't recommend Sharp Objects because it is too depressing, too disjointed, too cartoonish. Maybe it's just me, I don't want to read about a woman constantly wanting to cut herself, which is woven throughout the book. I wanted a good mystery.
Yes, but I believe her earliest work, ie Sharp Objects, is too dark, excessively indulgent, too rote. I purchased this audiobook because of the intriguing mysteries presented in the author's last 2 books, which were compelling and astoundingly difficult to predict the endings. Flynn's shallow depiction of the worthless lives of 30-something women in a small mid-western town was way too stereotypical, unconvincing.
The problem I had with the narration is the caricature employed for multiple female voices. There were many females in the book, however they all, except for Camille, appeared to have been drawn from an episode of a woman having the vapors in some "southern" soap opera. Sometimes, less is better, and it's not necessary to go overboard with the accents, just a slight change in the tone of voice indicates a new character. 13 year olds don't speak like a cartoon character, either. All of these people grew up in the same area, why would Camille's voice be "normal" and the others so overdone? Aside from the annoying cartoonish accents, the narration was good, slow enough, modulated, I did not detect any pronouncing errors.
I did have to roll my eyes a bit at several sexual episodes where Camille was able to find some release while undertaking gyrations to hide her extensive scarring that covered most of her body.
By far, not the best of the 3 books so far available by Flynn.
I haven't read the print version.The narration of this book was extremely enjoyable though. Easy to get lost in
The ending was some what predictable but i was intrigued with getting to know the characters and their development throughout the story
She performed all the characters so well but I felt she embodied Camille best
This book has the same vibe as Dark Places, which i also enjoyed. Somewhat of the same unraveling of character stories and solving the mystery!
All business but contemporary fun!
Way too dark a character or a story for my taste. There certainly was the element of surprise, even at the very last paragraph, which left you less time to digest this information. I read this after reading gone girl which is hands down the most intriguing book I have ever read, so I am a bit underwhelmed... Still good try for a first book.