I enjoyed the book. it seems on par with Flynn's other stories and if you don't mind the vulgar and/or graphic language then I would recommend the book. it's dark twists and turns keep you intrigued.
Another Gillian Flynn novel that delivered what I expected - some mystery, some suspense, a lot of darkness. One of her darkest books, it's still a good suspense, but it there was so much darkness in some places it was hard to swallow.
The main character has deep isses she never deals with that make you wonder how she made it to 30. Once you accept this flaw the story is pretty great.
The voice artist, Ann Marie Lee, was incredible. I felt Camille's journey like I would feel a close friend telling me a story. It also had an AMAZING storyline. But, what else can you expect from Gillian Flynn?
Absolutely on the edge of my seat. It was one of those books that creeped you out, made you squirm inside, but also can't keep from reading MORE MORE MORE!
I usually hate saying the main character, but Camille is one of the deepest written characters in contemporary literature, that I have to say it'd be her. I'd say she has more put into her than Nick and Amy from 'Gone Girl' (They still have a lot!).
Well, I'm not going to give anything away, so I'll describe it like this: normal story arc has beginning, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution. This follows normal story arc, but you feel as though you are continually being punched in the gut on the way down from the climax and during falling action. It. was. brilliant.
I read the books like this: 'Gone Girl,' 'Dark Places' and 'Sharp Objects,' which I believe is exactly backwards. I don't think you need to read any one to appreciate the others, and the order DEFINITELY does not matter. But if you appreciate anything in Sharp Objects, PLEASE read 'Gone Girl' and 'Dark Places,' in no particular order.
First let me say that I read Gone Girl first. Big mistake. High expectations or at least some expectations for this book. It took me over 2 weeks to finish, gone girl was read in 3 days. The story was boring, drawn out, with a few interesting things thrown in here and there. I forced myself to keep listening, waiting for it to get better. It only got slightly better maybe 1.5-2 hrs from the end. Not sure if I would have been any more impressed if I read this one first...
What I learned? That when a somewhat predictable story is told well it can be an unbelievably engrossing experience. I had the mystery solved almost from the start and when it turned that I was right, what I realized surprised me. That was part of the whole point. This my friends is masterful storytelling, narrated perfectly. You will not stop thinking about it for days.
The Narrator, Ann Marie Lee was great. I really liked how she performed the voices of the male characters. She would change the gruffness of her voice without trying to make her voice too low. A lot of other female narrators try to make their voices too low for the male characters and it is annoying and distracting. So, the narration was excellent.
The book: I was so bored. The main character was whiny, depressed and not that interesting, and the support characters we uninteresting and annoying as well.
You might enjoy this book if you find gossiping house wives from the Midwest interesting.
I couldn't turn it off because I wanted to know who the killer was, so it was well enough written to keep my attention even though I disliked all of the characters.