This first novel by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl author) was foreboding, fairly suspenseful, quite nasty and, in general, unkind to the female gender. "Sharp Objects" displays Ms. Flynn's mastery of writing *kink* and *dirty girl* into a story. I also think it shows how she has sharpened her storytelling skills and her creative development of high suspense and drama from this to "Dark Places" to "Gone Girl."
I'd recommend this novel over most of the now-ubiquitous unoriginal and/or flat attempts at this genre.
I selected this book because I enjoyed "Gone Girl" so much. "Sharp Objects" is equally as brilliant and in some ways, better. Like "Gone Girl", there is an element of suspense that keeps the reader involved until the end. These characters are equally as flawed and as brilliantly portrayed as the characters in Gone Girl. When I was in college, a group of friends in my dorm used to recite dialogue from the movie classic "The Bad Seed" and I found myself thinking of that movie as I was listening. Part "Bad Seed", a little "Lolita" with a bit of Patricia Highsmith thrown in for good measure, the book leaves the reader wondering where the author comes up with her ideas.
The narrator was perfect, one of the best matches I have come across between a book and reader. Not only did she truly differentiate the characters, but her reading pace was perfect.
I knew nothing about the premise of the book before I started listening, and I believe that added to my enjoyment.
I think Gillian Flynn is a gifted young writer, and I look forward to reading more of her novels.
This book is one you need to prepare yourself for. The subject matter is unsettling, if not outright disturbing. The story is so well-written, though, you can't help but to keep listening. So after a few hours under the headphones, you feel pretty rotten. At least, I did. Gillian Flynn really drags you into the story; you are made to suffer the angush and anxiety of the narrator right along with her. I had to force myself to take breaks because I was getting so anxious myself.
Meanwhile, the narrator took a bit of getting used to. There was something about her voice that made me a bit uneasy, but I guess that worked out in the end considering the story.
All in all, it was a fantastic book and I look forward to more of Flynn's stories.
I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.
Unless you are just starved for blow by blow descriptions of cutting, alcoholism, drug use, sex, none of which contribute to the story line. Cutting can be but not in such detail and repeated over and over again throughout the book.
I kept listening to the book because I wanted to know who committed the murders. It was annoying and stupid. The book could be condensed down to a chapter and you'd have the essential book.
Don't waste a point on this one. I'm not hard to please but this one just made me mad that I went against my better judgement to begin with and purchased it. When I read the description I had reservations. I should have trusted my instinct.
90% of the story doesn't contribute to the story.
Ann Marie Lee is a good reader. I wouldn't have a problem listening to another performance by her again.
Added Audible to my 2 hour commute, consuming books at rapid pace, and rating books based on keeping me engaged and making time fly!
Like Gillian Flynn's other novel, Gone Girl, I was left wondering how in the world she even conceived of his dark and twisted plot, but she dolls out the darkness in gradual doses you almost get comfortable with what could come next. The narration is so matter of fact, it almost makes it creepier.
On a scale of 1 to 10 it's a 9.75.
The book that comes to mind with this question is "We Need to Talk About Kevin" because both authors share a candid insight into taboo subject matters between mothers and children and other blood relatives - at times delicate, at times pretty brutal. They seem to understand that people aren't either good or bad but both and are able to articulate it well.
My favorite scene was where Camille's mother explains why she wasn't able to love her.
Ahhmm.... "Familial legacies knows know bounds" I dunno...
Gillian Flynn is my new favorite author. After listening to this one I went straight for Dark Places which was extremely satisfying and then on to Gone Girl which I am still listening to. Flynn's Southern Gothic style invokes such atmosphere and beauty. Initially when I read the story lines of each of these novels I was turned off as I am not a fan of detective stories which is what the description called to mind. But the first two minutes of each one had me hooked and none read like "who-done-it" crime stories in the least. Even if you do figure out who "did it", you come away with so much more than that. You also come away with a full understanding of your lead character as she [or he] is figuring out. Narration was pitch perfect.
The characters are so dark and interesting in this book.
I was second guessing myself on theories of who killed the family thru the whole story.
Wonderful performace of all the characters but especially the main character.
I didn't want to stop listening. If fact I have already listen to the twice since. Gillian Flynn has a twisted mind as a writer. I've enjoyed all three of the books that I have purchased her and cannot wait for more to be available!
Can't say, only listened.
Yes, the plot is great, the characters and story woven together with genius.
I don't think of books this way. Every word/phrase/page/chapter is important.
I can't imagine a film or tagline. Again, when I read a book I don't consider how it would be as a film. I leave that to others.
I preferred "Gone Girl" of Gillian Flynns books that I have listened to on audible. The two narrators on that book were fantastic. Very dark story but entertaining to the max.
Surprising .... I love a good story with a twist in it.
Yes and she always does a great job, one of my favorites