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Sharp Objects Audiobook

Sharp Objects

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Publisher's Summary

WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful 13-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, she will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

With its taut, well-crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.

©2006 Gillian Flynn; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Mystery Writers of America 2007 Edgar Nominee, Best First Novel by an American Author

"A witty, stylish, and compelling debut. A real winner." (Harlan Coben)
"Flynn delivers a great whodunit....Piercingly effective and genuinely terrifying." (Kirkus Reviews)
"To say this is a terrific debut novel is really too mild. I haven't read such a relentlessly creepy family saga since John Farris' All Heads Turn as the Hunt Goes By, and that was 30 years ago, give or take. Sharp Objects isn't one of those scare-and-retreat books; its effect is cumulative. I found myself dreading the last 30 pages or so but was helpless to stop turning them. Then, after the lights were out, the story just stayed there in my head, coiled and hissing, like a snake in a cave. An admirably nasty piece of work, elevated by sharp writing and sharper insights." (Stephen King)

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    Amazon Customer 12-21-16
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    "Holy hell"

    I can't stop shaking my head. I'm surprised this wasn't made into a movie. Rob Zombie style.

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    zimmszoo Baltimore, MD United States 12-20-16
    zimmszoo Baltimore, MD United States 12-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very predictable."

    It was very predictable. I expected much more. The age of the characters was a bit disturbing.

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    Honest Reviews 12-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good, not great."

    It was entertaining, but I wouldn't recommend it. I expected more from the reviews, unfortunately.

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    Osika521 EUGENE, OREGON, US 12-19-16
    Osika521 EUGENE, OREGON, US 12-19-16 Member Since 2012
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    "I couldn't stop listening."

    This is my first experience with this author and it will not be my last. The narration was exceptional and I was captivated from the beginning. The characters in this book will haunt me for months to come.

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    Kathleen 12-16-16
    Kathleen 12-16-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Riveting story"

    The book had me listening in 2 parts on a road trip. I couldn't stop listening! Very moody book, very descriptive.

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    Robyn011889 12-13-16
    Robyn011889 12-13-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent read"

    Book was great. Definitely superior to Gone Girl. Performance was a bit slow. even at 1.5 speed some parts were laggy.

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    Kerianne E. 12-07-16
    Kerianne E. 12-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Listened every chance I got"

    Where to start with this one? I was desperate for a new story that was so good it wouldn't leave me alone until I finished it. Took a while but I found this one and it did the trick. Love the narrator too. She is great. This book does have some disturbing descriptions of disturbing things. I said aloud several times throughout the book, "Jesus! ...Jesus." Or "Ew! What??" Or I'd squirm and cringe. Or repeat the words with disgust. Not saying this is bad, just that if you're looking for a light story it ain't this one. I can say that I have already purchased another book by Gillian Flynn and will be starting it soon!

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    Shameless_Grace 12-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "pretty good"

    I liked the narrator. The story was pretty good as well. This book was highly recommend to me by a couple people.

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    M Weidman SPRING HILL, TN, US 12-05-16
    M Weidman SPRING HILL, TN, US 12-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Predictable"

    Extremely predictable and boring.. i kept listening hoping for it to change but it didn't

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    Heidi 12-03-16
    Heidi 12-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Dark Story"
    What disappointed you about Sharp Objects?

    Gillian Flynn is good at writing a mystery, but this story was a little too dark for my taste.


    Has Sharp Objects turned you off from other books in this genre?

    If other stories contain the same dark, twisted elements, then yes.


    What does Ann Marie Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She gives personality to all the characters and does a great job.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sharp Objects?

    I would have cut unnecessary sex scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Though I saw the movie Gone Girl, I'm probably not going to read any more of Flynn's books.

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  • Mr Paul Johnson
    11/8/09
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    "Brilliant"

    A real surprise - had me hooked from begining to end! I don't think it's too heavy though some of the subject matter isn't the most cheerful. Well written book I thought.

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  • Karen
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    3/25/08
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    "A Good listen"

    I liked this book but it was rather heavy. Worth a listen but not a 5 stars product

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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