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)
I enjoyed the book. it seems on par with Flynn's other stories and if you don't mind the vulgar and/or graphic language then I would recommend the book. it's dark twists and turns keep you intrigued.
Another Gillian Flynn novel that delivered what I expected - some mystery, some suspense, a lot of darkness. One of her darkest books, it's still a good suspense, but it there was so much darkness in some places it was hard to swallow.
The main character has deep isses she never deals with that make you wonder how she made it to 30. Once you accept this flaw the story is pretty great.
The voice artist, Ann Marie Lee, was incredible. I felt Camille's journey like I would feel a close friend telling me a story. It also had an AMAZING storyline. But, what else can you expect from Gillian Flynn?
Absolutely on the edge of my seat. It was one of those books that creeped you out, made you squirm inside, but also can't keep from reading MORE MORE MORE!
I usually hate saying the main character, but Camille is one of the deepest written characters in contemporary literature, that I have to say it'd be her. I'd say she has more put into her than Nick and Amy from 'Gone Girl' (They still have a lot!).
Well, I'm not going to give anything away, so I'll describe it like this: normal story arc has beginning, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution. This follows normal story arc, but you feel as though you are continually being punched in the gut on the way down from the climax and during falling action. It. was. brilliant.
I read the books like this: 'Gone Girl,' 'Dark Places' and 'Sharp Objects,' which I believe is exactly backwards. I don't think you need to read any one to appreciate the others, and the order DEFINITELY does not matter. But if you appreciate anything in Sharp Objects, PLEASE read 'Gone Girl' and 'Dark Places,' in no particular order.
This book really kept my attention and like any good book I will miss the characters and wonder about them for a few more days. Ann Marie did a good job reading the book as many different characters I thought.
First let me say that I read Gone Girl first. Big mistake. High expectations or at least some expectations for this book. It took me over 2 weeks to finish, gone girl was read in 3 days. The story was boring, drawn out, with a few interesting things thrown in here and there. I forced myself to keep listening, waiting for it to get better. It only got slightly better maybe 1.5-2 hrs from the end. Not sure if I would have been any more impressed if I read this one first...
What I learned? That when a somewhat predictable story is told well it can be an unbelievably engrossing experience. I had the mystery solved almost from the start and when it turned that I was right, what I realized surprised me. That was part of the whole point. This my friends is masterful storytelling, narrated perfectly. You will not stop thinking about it for days.
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