Wow- a compelling story, purely written my Ms. Flynn. She has the chilling story down that keeps you drawn in. The web of crazy in a family, small town pettiness and secrecy, booze and drugs, cops and newspaper reporters all wrapped up in a heart-thumping novel.
The narrator, Ann Marie Lee, was amazing. She had all the players down. Don't know how she did it but kudos.
Some raw scenes but part of the novel. Hang onto your hats!
Listen to all kinds, but mostly enjoy witty light-hearted entertaining reads. Stay away from romance novels & books with heavy violence.
Don't be put off by my 4 stars. I hold 5 stars for books that I could listen to over and over again. Kept me engaged from start to end and didn't tune out once, which says something because my mind wonders frequently. It has moments in it that will make you cringe, but not overly graphic. For the parents out there not something you want to listen to with them in car - Adult coitus, Adult language, Adult content - Rated R.
Extremely well written and narrated. I couldn't put it down and was entranced from the beginning. This was the first of Gillian Flynn's books I've read and I can't wait to read more now.
I needed something for a long car ride and this did the trick. it wasn't life changing but it served it's purpose to keep my mind occupied and I never found myself bored while listening. I would recommend this if you want something easy to listen to that is just a way to pass the time but still draws you in to want to find out more.
I would recommend this book if they enjoyed Gillian Flynn's other books. It's entertaining and very similar to the style and theme of her other books.
Ama was my favorite because she was so different than me. Any time she was present was like watching (or listening) to a wild creature; both captivating and terrifying.
Just like her other books, I think this would translate well into a movie. I would cast Anna Kendrick as Camille. She's likable but I think she could play the dark side well too.
Maybe if the main character hadn't been throwing up through so much of the book.
Yes, but not this one.
She wasn't the problem.
If you like stories about throwing up, pig slaughter, murdered children and flesh carving, this is a book for you. Not me. This was just a waste of a precious book credit.
Let me start with this. I do not have very high hopes going into a book like this one. The stories are usually predictable and thus not really worth reading. However, I found Dark Places by Gillian Flynn to be an interesting exception. It was this fact that lead me to read Sharp Objects. The following is just my opinion. I am not trying to bash the author or persuade others not to read this book.
I really had a hard time liking the main character here. She is just a dirty individual. The nasty things she does don't really have any place in the story. She cuts herself to deal with the mental strain her mother puts her through in her youth. I get that. What I don't get is how constant talk of masturbation and sex have anything to do with the rest of the story. I am not a prude and understand that things like this can be pertinent to developing the story, but not in this case. There are times in this book when I forgot that the whole premise of the story is a reporter returning to her home town to report on local murders. There are plenty of times that we are forced to focus on things that really don't matter. The "relationships" the main character develops with people in the town go absolutely no where and ultimately don't help her with her work. Ultimately, I feel like the ending was rushed.
No, I will continue to read this genre.
Ann Marie Lee did a fine job here. I feel like she took the time to develop each character to have their own presence.
I would remove almost everything about the main character's sexual experience. It was not important to the story. She would need her own book about the effects of parental abuse and neglect to make any of that relevant.
I think Gillian Flynn has decided that women are wounded and crazy. In all three of her novels (this, Dark Places, Gone Girl), each main character has some great crutch that influences their every action. It's frankly irritating and makes me not want to read anything else by this author.