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.
"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)
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.
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!
Gillian Flynn is good at writing a mystery, but this story was a little too dark for my taste.
If other stories contain the same dark, twisted elements, then yes.
She gives personality to all the characters and does a great job.
I would have cut unnecessary sex scenes.
Though I saw the movie Gone Girl, I'm probably not going to read any more of Flynn's books.
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.
"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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