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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.
This is the kind of styles I like: good pace, cerebral, well-documented, meaty, mind-bending.
I got into the book after reading Flynn's awesome Gone Girl thriller. I would not recommend the book, even if you loved Gone Girl. I'd say, though, that the book may be good for a certain type of audience who likes a certain type of thrillers.
If you are of the type that likes the Agatha Christie type of philosophy to novels, where clues are scattered in a way where ex-post you say "I should have known!", then this is a book that fails completely there. The clues that are given point you in no direction and you feel, as the reader, that things are not connecting on a way to go.
If you like the tension thrillers, like, say Grisham, this is, yet again, not the book you'd like. The entire book is claustrophobic, set in a small town with cliche people and not much going on.
The style here is perhaps closer to the detective type thriller, for example like the recent Tanya French's In the Woods. Like this general style, the story appears to randomly errs through testimonies, clues that may not be clues, and darkness as to what appears to be going on.
WHILE THE PLOT CREATED BY GILLIAN FLYNN IS SUITED TO KEEP THE LISTENER SPELLBOUND,I WAS IRRITATED BY THE ABUNDANCE OF OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE.THUS,IN SPITE OF THE FINE STORY AND PERFORMANCE ,I COULD AWARD ONLY THREE STARS OVERALL.
IF THE AUTHOR HAD DELETED THE FOUR-LETTER WORDS AS WELL AS THE EXCESSIVELY GRAPHIC DESCRIPTION OF GORY DETAILS,THIS WOULD BE AN IMPROVEMENT.