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Sharp Objects Audiobook

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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    kristabela 05-01-09
    kristabela 05-01-09
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    I loved everything about this book. It's dark and unhappy but told beautifully. I felt like I could step into Camille's shoes and really understand her.

    While many will find this book too creepy or morbid, I think it speaks to the real truths of the nasty things that happen in the world and their consequences.

    As a side, if you're a cutter, this book may trigger you.

    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    W Perry Hall 03-18-14 Member Since 2015

    Starting 2/14 (for love of family and time-benefit of readers), I'll limit reviews to 100 words or less with exceptions for the exceptional

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    "Naughty, Small Town Girls"

    This first novel by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl author) was foreboding, fairly suspenseful, quite nasty and, in general, unkind to the female gender. "Sharp Objects" displays Ms. Flynn's mastery of writing *kink* and *dirty girl* into a story. I also think it shows how she has sharpened her storytelling skills and her creative development of high suspense and drama from this to "Dark Places" to "Gone Girl."

    I'd recommend this novel over most of the now-ubiquitous unoriginal and/or flat attempts at this genre.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 10-16-13
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.

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    "Powerful. psychological family & murder mystery"

    The Crellin/Preaker family will make you rethink your plans to avoid YOUR family during the holidays. Well-drawn characters maintain their lies in a falsely sweet southern town, but a murder investigation brings out bits of information that span two generations.

    Author Flynn allows the truth to creep up to the reader, and the final chapters will knock your teeth out! I highly recommend this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    anne RICHMOND, CA, United States 01-14-13
    anne RICHMOND, CA, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2011

    Artist, publisher/editor

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    "Darkly insightful"
    Where does Sharp Objects rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On a scale of 1 to 10 it's a 9.75.


    What other book might you compare Sharp Objects to and why?

    The book that comes to mind with this question is "We Need to Talk About Kevin" because both authors share a candid insight into taboo subject matters between mothers and children and other blood relatives - at times delicate, at times pretty brutal. They seem to understand that people aren't either good or bad but both and are able to articulate it well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was where Camille's mother explains why she wasn't able to love her.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Ahhmm.... "Familial legacies knows know bounds" I dunno...


    Any additional comments?

    Gillian Flynn is my new favorite author. After listening to this one I went straight for Dark Places which was extremely satisfying and then on to Gone Girl which I am still listening to. Flynn's Southern Gothic style invokes such atmosphere and beauty. Initially when I read the story lines of each of these novels I was turned off as I am not a fan of detective stories which is what the description called to mind. But the first two minutes of each one had me hooked and none read like "who-done-it" crime stories in the least. Even if you do figure out who "did it", you come away with so much more than that. You also come away with a full understanding of your lead character as she [or he] is figuring out. Narration was pitch perfect.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela J United States 08-10-12
    Pamela J United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2014

    Sure, I'd love to hear your story....

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    "Uncomfortable, painful, and brilliant"

    Just simply beautifully written. Never does she take the easy or painless path - - despite my desperate need for relief. I literally squirmed as I listened to parts, waiting impatiently for this book to be over. So no, I can't explain why I could not stop listening nor why I so highly recommend it. To be fair, this book is not for the squeamish. But if you can stomach it, you'll experience some really exceptional writing.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 07-13-12
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent!"

    As was the case with other reviewers, I listened to "Gone Girl" first. Given how dark that novel was -- and based on some of the other reviews -- I was almost hesitant to read this one... afraid it might be way too depressing. I am glad I listened! Of course, the story IS dark. The darkest. But Gillian Flynn (I almost wrote "Ms. Flynn" and shuddered, thinking of what she might make of the affectation!) has the power to make all of her very dark characters come alive. Whether or not you grew up in a town as inbred and putrid as the one she describes, you will feel that these people are people you KNOW....and how can you think that a story about people you KNOW is too depressing? You know them, after all!

    So, why four stars and not five? I guess some of the "coincidences" (the fact that Camille happened to be sent to cover the story) were a bit too hard to believe. Still, perhaps I am now demanding 'perfection' out of the author simply because her obvious control of the scenes and the people are so masterful...It's like giving the A+ student a B+ simply because you know she could have done better if she had tried a little harder (even though you would have given a lesser candidate an A+ for effort...and I guess I am attempting to make up for what might be perceived as less-than-full enthusiasm by the "Excellent," with an exclamation point in the 'headline' for my review.

    I think there's third Gillian Flynn out there. I will definitely download it...and flinch at what the author unleashes.

    I just HOPE that her books are not too closely related to her real life!

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 06-14-12
    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 06-14-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Goes into the Abyss and Doesn't Come Out"

    It's hard to imagine a more depressing combination of factors: the neglected town of Wind Gap, its characters, architecture and ambience stalled in the 1950's, the completely unsupervised and unmanaged pre-teen cliques which get into all kinds of trouble that would be prosecuted in some form if it all happened in a more enlightened environment, and the main character and her desultory loveless family, which leaves the "apple" (Camille) not far from the "tree". Camille's hostile family life, an emotional desert, has left her ill-equipped to navigate the big bad world of the 2010's.

    However, Camille is a plucky, resourceful "survivor" and uses her insights into her abusive upbringing to bring down the house of cards. Whatever her attitudes and emotional stance, she is certainly not a victim.

    I read this after finishing "Gone Girl" which was an impressive, imaginative novel, more 2012-style."Sharp Objects" is more disturbing in many ways, yet not as sophisticated as "Gone Girl", and not as clever.There are some familiar Flynn themes - provincial life and its limitations, a shower phobia, obsessions with perfection and routine ritual.

    After saying all this, I did on balance like the book, and foresaw the conclusion, but not before some diversionary and entertaining reading, especially the dialogue scenes and particularly the nuanced moment-by-moment interactions, where Flynn shines.

    But next time you think you'd like to move or retire to a small town - think again.

    23 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Charles USA 12-30-14
    Charles USA 12-30-14 Member Since 2015

    Lawyer. Musician. Geek.

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    "Not For Me"

    I really loved Dark Places. It was a great book (not uplifting though, to say the least), so I thought I would give her first one a try. I found this to be terribly formulaic and boring... she clearly developed as a writer between her first and second novels.

    Gave up after 2 hours or so. Clearly not with the crowd on this one, but such is life.

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    Dottie B. Washington DC 09-28-12
    Dottie B. Washington DC 09-28-12 Member Since 2006

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    "The passivity kills me!"

    I have read and listened to several of Gillian Flynn's books. I have enjoyed them a good bit, up unto this one. The main character is so passive, and makes such irritating choices, that I found myself annoyed during this read.
    The story line was just not as tight and as compelling as Flynn's other books. I believe that too much of the book was unrealistic...just not a believable plot.
    Some may say that it is realistic, and quite imaginable. But when I think about the choices the main character makes, my first reaction is "no way"..."no way would this happen like this"..."no way would I just take this like she does.."
    All of the main characters are quite unlikeable, and obnoxious. If you're in a bad mood, don't listen to this book.
    The reader does a good job, and has a very nice voice.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 11-06-15
    Mike 11-06-15

    Hi. My name is Tasha, thus us my husbands account, but Im the one who uses it. I love murder mysteries, the creeper and twisted the better!

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    "Interesting"

    This was my first experience with audible books, and I cannot honestly say if I disliked the book, or if I disliked the narrator. It was very different. The book has a lot of stars, and at a glance sounds interesting. I had a hard time connecting though, and If it wasn't being read to me I would've abandoned it early on. There were times when the narrators voice annoyed me as well, making the whole thing a confusing experience. So I will try again and hope for a better out come .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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