I really loved Dark Places. It was a great book (not uplifting though, to say the least), so I thought I would give her first one a try. I found this to be terribly formulaic and boring... she clearly developed as a writer between her first and second novels.
Gave up after 2 hours or so. Clearly not with the crowd on this one, but such is life.
Sharp Objects is a good book, but one that is clearly not for me. It lacks two critical characteristics that I require to enjoy a story.
The first is likable characters. Nearly every major character is so deeply, fundamentally flawed that I could not relate to them nor care about them. If I don't have characters to root for, I cannot become fully emotionally invested in their plight.
Every bit as important is the overall emotional curve of the book. The entire book simply feels miserable. There are no moments of joy, happiness, or love that aren't wholly corrupted by their circumstance. Because of this, the darkness loses its edge - there's nothing to contrast the darkness to. It is dark, lonely, and bleak, from cover to cover (so to speak).
If these aspects do not turn you off from the book, you're in for a good if somewhat predictable mystery with a few twists and turns and with a peculiar focus on smells. Be forewarned though, if you look up what mental disorders the book deals with, you will have the book's mysteries solved before you're halfway through.
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
Just simply beautifully written. Never does she take the easy or painless path - - despite my desperate need for relief. I literally squirmed as I listened to parts, waiting impatiently for this book to be over. So no, I can't explain why I could not stop listening nor why I so highly recommend it. To be fair, this book is not for the squeamish. But if you can stomach it, you'll experience some really exceptional writing.
It's hard to imagine a more depressing combination of factors: the neglected town of Wind Gap, its characters, architecture and ambience stalled in the 1950's, the completely unsupervised and unmanaged pre-teen cliques which get into all kinds of trouble that would be prosecuted in some form if it all happened in a more enlightened environment, and the main character and her desultory loveless family, which leaves the "apple" (Camille) not far from the "tree". Camille's hostile family life, an emotional desert, has left her ill-equipped to navigate the big bad world of the 2010's.
However, Camille is a plucky, resourceful "survivor" and uses her insights into her abusive upbringing to bring down the house of cards. Whatever her attitudes and emotional stance, she is certainly not a victim.
I read this after finishing "Gone Girl" which was an impressive, imaginative novel, more 2012-style."Sharp Objects" is more disturbing in many ways, yet not as sophisticated as "Gone Girl", and not as clever.There are some familiar Flynn themes - provincial life and its limitations, a shower phobia, obsessions with perfection and routine ritual.
After saying all this, I did on balance like the book, and foresaw the conclusion, but not before some diversionary and entertaining reading, especially the dialogue scenes and particularly the nuanced moment-by-moment interactions, where Flynn shines.
But next time you think you'd like to move or retire to a small town - think again.
I love to read books; and now just recently I've discovered that audio books are very cool!! I'm also an author. You can find the SciFi book "The Curse of Europa" here on Audible or on Amazon.
A nice clean quick story. Set in a town that I would never want my kids to grow up in. Some said the ending was predictable, and perhaps part of it was, but the actual killer did elude me. Now with hindsight in my favor I'm not sure how I didn't suspect it early on, but I didn't. But I don't do too many mystery/thriller books so maybe that was it.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
The Crellin/Preaker family will make you rethink your plans to avoid YOUR family during the holidays. Well-drawn characters maintain their lies in a falsely sweet southern town, but a murder investigation brings out bits of information that span two generations.
Author Flynn allows the truth to creep up to the reader, and the final chapters will knock your teeth out! I highly recommend this book.
Books and music make my world go round, and I have 9 nieces and nephews and one chihuahua who rule my heart.
Yes! I love Gillian Flynn and I can't wait for the next book! Ann Marie brought these characters and this town to life.
I've listened to all three now, and this one is at the bottom of the pile. Had the "who dunnit" part figured out way early in the book which proved to be a big distraction for me. Also, some of the plot lines were over the top not believable.
EVERYTHING! She is what kept me listening honestly. Her Southern accent, especially Adora was spot on. She lulled me to sleep every night with her syrupy sometimes throaty voice. Love love love Ann Marie Lee.
Not to eat meat for several weeks. If you were actively trying to create vegetarians, Gillian, mission accomplished.
I urge you to read Gone Girl and Dark Places first. I fell in love with Gillian's brilliant prose and her deliciously macabre brain leaving me wanting for more. By the time I read Sharp Objects, I was a wee bit jaded so it was much easier to swallow. I almost put this one down several times.
Gillian Flynn is awesome. The narrator is excellent. It's rare to listen to someone who doesn't over-act or have annoying performance quirks. This book was creepy and modern and a great mystery.
I have read and listened to several of Gillian Flynn's books. I have enjoyed them a good bit, up unto this one. The main character is so passive, and makes such irritating choices, that I found myself annoyed during this read.
The story line was just not as tight and as compelling as Flynn's other books. I believe that too much of the book was unrealistic...just not a believable plot.
Some may say that it is realistic, and quite imaginable. But when I think about the choices the main character makes, my first reaction is "no way"..."no way would this happen like this"..."no way would I just take this like she does.."
All of the main characters are quite unlikeable, and obnoxious. If you're in a bad mood, don't listen to this book.
The reader does a good job, and has a very nice voice.
I enjoyed this book - it is a real page-turner (there surely is a way to convey this concept for an audiobook). The main character is has major mental health issues and used poor judgment from time to time. But I still liked her. Often authors have trouble ending books like this - not so here. It is a satisfying ending.