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Sharp Objects | [Gillian Flynn]

Sharp Objects

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.
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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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    Margo 09-15-13
    Margo 09-15-13 Member Since 2009

    Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.

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    "I Expected More."

    Given the skill reflected in Gone Girl, I was expecting (hoping) for more out of this book. This was full of twisted characters, in fact an entire twisted town, but the story didn't have the psychological tension or the eloquent prose that I had hoped for.

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    Frani 09-13-13
    Frani 09-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Gillian Flynn is Solid"
    Where does Sharp Objects rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a little slower of a start but a once you get a few chapters in it's as addicting as her other ones.


    What other book might you compare Sharp Objects to and why?

    Dark Places (another by Flynn) but it starts off with a bang.


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    Marsha Cipollone Pittsburgh, Pa, US 09-12-13
    Marsha Cipollone Pittsburgh, Pa, US 09-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A truly realistic yet heart wrenching story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend it. It was well written and the characters were very well developed. I often had conflicting feelings about the characters. At times I understood and respected them and at other times I was shocked and repulsed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sharp Objects?

    When I finally realized that Camille wasn't as 'normal' as I had thought. Her twisted, broken way of thinking and behaving becomes more and more apparent as the novel progresses.


    Have you listened to any of Ann Marie Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it wasn't as compelling as 'Gone Girl' which sucked me in during all free moments during my day, but I did look forward to continuing it on my drive to and home from work.


    Any additional comments?

    Sharp Objects was dark and sad. It was well done and impacted me, mostly in a negative way, but the objective was meant. It made me 'feel' for the characters. I just felt a sense of sadness when I was done. Sadness about how Camille had lived her life. I can't recall ever feeling so despondent after reading/listening to any other novel. Gillian Flynn is extremely talented. This was just a novel than shines light on some of the darkest parts of humanity.

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    Elizabeth Lantana, FL, United States 09-10-13
    Elizabeth Lantana, FL, United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"
    If you could sum up Sharp Objects in three words, what would they be?

    Twisted,sick and interesting


    Which character – as performed by Ann Marie Lee – was your favorite?

    I think she does a great job on all the character. I enjoy listening to most of her book she reads. I feel se bring the character out to picture more.


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    Kristin Fairlawn, Oh, United States 09-08-13
    Kristin Fairlawn, Oh, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Had me guessing the whole time"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sharp Objects to be better than the print version?

    I loved the story telling of the narrator


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Don't want to give anything away.


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

    The voices were great. It was like watching a movie in my head


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both, several times


    Any additional comments?

    Gillian Flynn is amazing, can't wait for next book

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    Tara 08-26-13
    Tara 08-26-13
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    "Not as good as Girl Gone but enjoyable"
    Where does Sharp Objects rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right in the middle. The Narration was excellent.


    What other book might you compare Sharp Objects to and why?

    I cannot think of a book to compare it to other than books by Gillian Flynn.


    Which character – as performed by Ann Marie Lee – was your favorite?

    The younger sister. Amma


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was sad book. Still find it a little hard to believe that she could carve words all over her body like that on her own. It kind of distracted me from the story.


    Any additional comments?

    It was neatly tied up in the end. I guess I was looking for more of a twist or maybe not a real ending but one we could decide on our own.

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    Codger Hyannis, MA USA 08-19-13
    Codger Hyannis, MA USA 08-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Disturbing - and addictive"

    Not as complete as "Gone Girl", but it shows that Giliian Flynn learned from her first books. Don't want to know where the inspiration for this book comes from, but the skillful writing compells you through the dark places that inhabit her characters. You can identify with them as human, but recoil in horror at their actions. A good read that suffers slightly from having it wrap up at different pace than is used in the rest of the book.

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    Timo 08-08-13
    Timo 08-08-13
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    "A world full of hurt"

    The title of this book could just as well have been "Broken" - because every character in the story is broken in some way and the ragged edges of their lives hurt your soul as you are following Camille through the story. In a way, the book itself is a sharp object.

    Don't get me wrong, the writing is excellent, because bad writing is dull. On the other hand, the writing in this book is like a scalpel that cuts into piece of unprotected soft tissue that the characters or the reader leaves exposed.

    I couldn't stop listening to the book, but in the same way that some people find it hard to look away from a train crash. I felt almost indecent for not turning away.

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    Kimberly Riverside, CA, United States 07-30-13
    Kimberly Riverside, CA, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2013

    I'm just a book lover!

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    "Sharp Read"

    I found this to be a very well read story. I enjoyed Gillian Flynn's voice, although for the male roles, they all sounded about the same. The story had me hooked from the start. Nice little twist to the 'who did it' at the end. I thought I had it figured out, but then it was someone else, just to find it was someone else!

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    Terri ORANGE, CA, United States 07-22-13
    Terri ORANGE, CA, United States 07-22-13
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    "Outstanding thriller with amazing twist! Loved it!"
    If you could sum up Sharp Objects in three words, what would they be?

    I remained captivated!


    What did you like best about this story?

    How I didn't see the ending coming. Many times I love a book, then the author seems to rush the ending and I'm very disappointed after listening for so long. I just started listening to this one again.....Yes, it's just that good.


    What about Ann Marie Lee’s performance did you like?

    Very nice job of changing/adjusting her voice to fit the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but just couldn't because of my busy schedule. However, I did sit in my car many times to listen further after I arrived at my destination.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this author has another audio book ready to purchase very, very soon.

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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

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