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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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    Stephanie Lozano 03-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "could not stop listening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    if you're into murder mysteries, this is a great read. could not stop listening once i pushed play. starts off a bit slow but really picks up


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    Jenny W. Maryland 03-03-15
    Jenny W. Maryland 03-03-15 Member Since 2010
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    "So Disturbing!!!! Wish I could unlisten"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    people who don't have children might like this book far more than I did. I can't get images of dead children out of my head.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    Only if someone told me it was more like Gone Girl and not as dark and twisted as this book


    Which scene was your favorite?

    nothing


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

    I would just not read/listen to this book at all. all of the scenes were horrible


    Any additional comments?

    way too dark

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    Lisette 03-03-15
    Lisette 03-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book"
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    Quite a dark book, with a severely flawed main character (suitable for the story). I enjoy Gillian Flynn's writing, and the narrator was very good. I did, however, like Flynn's "Dark Places" a bit more. If you're choosing between the two, I'd say go for the latter. But both books are well worth a read/listen.

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    NTC 03-02-15
    NTC 03-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Really surprised!"
    Where does Sharp Objects rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm fairly new to Audiobooks only having listened to 4 books. 3 of which are by Gilliann Flynn. I'm the type that once I get my hand on a good book I will read all the books that author has written. This was one of the best of Gillian Flynns


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

    Even though I thought I had this mystery figured out it was a great surprise to get to the ending and realize I was wrong all along.


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

    Ann Marie Lee did a beautiful job with the narration


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

    My only reaction was to the twists and turns it kept taking which makes for a good read in my opinion.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good read I really liked it. Its pretty dark so if you are looking for something whimsical and upbeat this is not it.

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    Brenda Walker Kansas City, MO 03-02-15
    Brenda Walker Kansas City, MO 03-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Please"

    Give me more! My employees were shocked by my face towards the end. My mind was blown. I'm still having trouble coping. So very good!

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    Joy Callaway Dallas, OR 02-27-15
    Joy Callaway Dallas, OR 02-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Intriguing and disturbing"

    Wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book, but it held my interest most of the time. Some of the scenes describing animal cruelty where really hard to take because they were depicted so graphically. Would recommend this book if you like crime and drama genres.

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    Brian 02-26-15
    Brian 02-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Captivating mystery and main charcter"

    Excellent book beginning to end. You could feel Camille's pain but didn't know why. Although the end seemed rushed, it had to be presented that way.

    The narration was excellent. The southern accents were perfect. All of the characters felt real.

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    Matthew Hebert 02-24-15
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    "Another good one by Flynn"

    The narrator is outstanding! How she keeps up with accents, personalities, and characters is a true talent.

    The story is a good one of suspense. I would definitely say not as complicated as Gone Girl, but a genuine good story.

    There is good character development which I find very important in getting hooked into a book.

    A good read.

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    Latin Bunny OH 02-24-15
    Latin Bunny OH 02-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "unexpected ending"

    starts slow, builds up and then grains you until you can't do anything but continue on reading, and then it is over. Thrilling story.

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    Brenda Baker 02-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story!"

    The twists and clues were all around, keeps you on the edge of your seat! Narration was also well done.

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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

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