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 don't write these, but this book was worth it. I typically only listen on my way to work, only that wasn't enough time, so I spent a whole Sunday with my headphones on finishing it. I thought I knew who the killer was, but I was wrong. If you like dark and twisted, you will love this book.
Emotionally gruesome mystery with heavy reliance on the unintentional unreliable narrator POV for suspense and reveals. Though, less part of the plot than Gone Girl. I thought the more suble use of the unreliable narrator here was a real strength and made the narrative more realistic. If you look abnormal psych because messed up psychiatric is super interesting, this a must read. Great single narrator doing a cast and appropriate to the protagonist
I can't read or hear about children being abused or killed. This was way too descriptive on that account as well as the sexual descriptions of various activities. Considering all the reviews, it appears I'm the only one that feels this way, though. It's just not in the category of the genre I prefer. Just a heads-up.
A little dark but entertaining. Very easy to get sucked into and not want to turn off. I listened to it almost non-stop until I finished it.
I really just wanted a big win for Camille. Such an imperfect beauty with a strange past she's trying to escape.
A "page turner." I was sucked into the story almost immediately and couldn't turn it off. I was constantly intrigued and appreciated a few surprises along the way.
Although I guessed the guilty early on I was still interested in hearing the story. Makes you take a look at your own secret family dynamics and go "Oh!"
Didn't bog down or get vague or withhold some crucial point until the end to create a cheap gotcha moment.
I have no experience with cutters but the mindset was explained in a logical way. A good listen
i shouldv left gone girl for last, after that this 1 was kind of a let down. at the end i realized i had figured it all out half way through, but i thought "nahh..thats 2 obvious/cant be/theres gotta be a good twist coming". oh well - still a good read tho & loved the performance, just dont expect it 2 be better than or even as good as gone girl (if u havent read that 1, def save it).
Well written murder mystery starring on of Gillian Flynn's infamous messed up characters. The story is a little on the predictable side and sometimes Flynn's similes are over the top, but a great way to pass the daily commute.
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