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)
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.
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.
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.
Mother of teenaged bear, Wife to chaos, Warrior
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.
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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