We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
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.
Regular Price:$27.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (6790 )
5 star
 (3163)
4 star
 (2479)
3 star
 (875)
2 star
 (201)
1 star
 (72)
Overall
4.2 (5639 )
5 star
 (2690)
4 star
 (1951)
3 star
 (764)
2 star
 (172)
1 star
 (62)
Story
4.5 (5618 )
5 star
 (3271)
4 star
 (1811)
3 star
 (425)
2 star
 (77)
1 star
 (34)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Rhonda F. 05-03-15
    Rhonda F. 05-03-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good story"

    Good read although not as good as Gone Girl. A little predictable but worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jenna 05-03-15
    Jenna 05-03-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good but disturbing"

    If you're looking for a horror story with plenty of twists, this is the book for you. It can get a bit graphic at times in relation to sex and violence, so if you have a weak stomach don't read this. Somewhat similar tone as Gone Girl, but much creepier. Read at your own risk!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sharon L. Divis Valencia, California USA 05-02-15
    Sharon L. Divis Valencia, California USA 05-02-15 Member Since 2015

    I am the Evil Mama

    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    233
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I wanted to like this, but"

    After listening to the first 3 hours of this book I was wondering where it was going and ended up fastforwarding to the last hour. Unfortunately for the book, I really didn't feel I'd missed anything and I actually liked the ending, so I decided to go middle of the road for the review, but I have to advise if you find your mind drifting, fast forward to the last hour like I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    jsharp 05-01-15
    jsharp 05-01-15 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    "Good read!!"

    Great twists, kept my interest. No suspense but a great mystery with interesting characters. It did keep you guessing, thinking you figured it out only to find you were wrong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kyla 04-30-15
    Kyla 04-30-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "just ok. nothing to write home about"

    Not my favorite book by this author. This didn't have me on the edge of my seat like Dark Places did!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Melandbobby 04-30-15
    Melandbobby 04-30-15 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    17
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Spellbinding"

    I couldn't put it down. This author can really write a mystery. Kept me guessing till the very end. Great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ashly Lovett 04-30-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Ok Read. Not my Favorite."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I've listening to Gone Girl and Dark Places. LOVED both novel for their story and the vocal performance. However, this book was kind of a let down. I'd suggest the other 2 book to anyone to read and not this one. The characters were not nearly as interesting as her other books.The story felt too predictable and often drawn out.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    Love Gillian Flynn. I'd listen to another book gladly. Just was disappointed with this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jessica 04-28-15
    Jessica 04-28-15 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    1
    Overall
    "Not my favorite Gillian Flynn"

    I find her books a bit predictable. This one more so. Although, I continue to enjoy her writing despite this opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Elizabeth Guerrero 04-22-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "beautifully brutal"

    I really enjoyed the way the story was told with rich and sensual descriptions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    L. D. McFarland Louisville, KY 04-21-15
    L. D. McFarland Louisville, KY 04-21-15 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fantastic Listen"
    If you could sum up Sharp Objects in three words, what would they be?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and even more so after listening to Dark Places. Dark Places made me feel very dirty and filthy. It was nice to have a change in scenery.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the way the mystery unfolded slowly as you went along. I could really imagine what a cutter must feel like truly inside their body to make them want to hurt themselves. Also, this book is not about her being a cutter for those who might not want this book. It's basically a way to make you understand how dysfunctional her childhood was and WHY she began cutting. It's about a murder mystery first.


    Which character – as performed by Ann Marie Lee – was your favorite?

    I would say the main character. Camile.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic listen. Loved the narrator. Great story. Wish it didn't end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.