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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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    Nicole 03-17-15
    Nicole 03-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing!"

    Thrilling and suspenseful, just like Flynn's other reads. The narrator fit the story exactly, it was altogether a great read.

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    danielle 03-15-15
    danielle 03-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good enough..."

    Not a bad story, but I figured it out easily and early on. Even so, the ending had a few details to be slightly disturbing despite knowing who would be revealed as the killer. Performance is done pretty well, although the depictions of the young girls were a little piercing for my liking. This doesn't ruin the experience though. Overall would recommend if you have a credit to spare.

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    Sandra Parker 03-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Disturbing but you can't put it down"

    Wow, this was quite a disturbing read. Flynn is great at keeping you engaged because you are simply in shock that an entire town is so dysfunctional.

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    Eliza Baker 03-13-15
    Eliza Baker 03-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great"

    I loved this creepy story, but felt like the narrator over pronounced and mispronounced words. Also the Rhythm of her voice as she spoke seemed too repetitive.

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    Joe Lancaster, PA, United States 03-12-15
    Joe Lancaster, PA, United States 03-12-15 Member Since 2011
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    "More please...."

    All three books in less than a month.... that has to tell you what I think about Gillian Flynn!

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    AMP 03-12-15
    AMP 03-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great writer and narrator!"

    I really enjoyed this book and the narration. Gillian is a brilliant author. Enjoyed this thoroughly. If you liked Gone Girl, you'll love this book.

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    "Super intense"

    This book is enthralling and so dark. I listened to it voraciously but I think I need something lighter for a bit to recover. Great narration.

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    loralou 03-11-15
    loralou 03-11-15

    Mother of teenaged bear, Wife to chaos, Warrior

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    "Family traits"

    I enjoy Gillian's book they have a story quality to them like it should be around a campfire. Strong woman with strong ways. This book sharp objects was no different. The narrative was perfect for the storyline.

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    L. Burelle Boise, ID 03-11-15
    L. Burelle Boise, ID 03-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Pretty Terrible"

    It is just so obviously a first novel, trashy and pretentious. Plus, it breaks the first rule of thrillers by being so damned obvious. Skip it.

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    Gabrielle 03-09-15
    Gabrielle 03-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Dark but predictable"

    The narration was great but the story was slightly flat and predictable. Almost melodramatic at times, still a good read though!

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