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)
The main character has deep isses she never deals with that make you wonder how she made it to 30. Once you accept this flaw the story is pretty great.
I really want more positive votes, but people are mean. That's not about me; it's about you ha ha
The voice artist, Ann Marie Lee, was incredible. I felt Camille's journey like I would feel a close friend telling me a story. It also had an AMAZING storyline. But, what else can you expect from Gillian Flynn?
Absolutely on the edge of my seat. It was one of those books that creeped you out, made you squirm inside, but also can't keep from reading MORE MORE MORE!
I usually hate saying the main character, but Camille is one of the deepest written characters in contemporary literature, that I have to say it'd be her. I'd say she has more put into her than Nick and Amy from 'Gone Girl' (They still have a lot!).
Well, I'm not going to give anything away, so I'll describe it like this: normal story arc has beginning, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution. This follows normal story arc, but you feel as though you are continually being punched in the gut on the way down from the climax and during falling action. It. was. brilliant.
I read the books like this: 'Gone Girl,' 'Dark Places' and 'Sharp Objects,' which I believe is exactly backwards. I don't think you need to read any one to appreciate the others, and the order DEFINITELY does not matter. But if you appreciate anything in Sharp Objects, PLEASE read 'Gone Girl' and 'Dark Places,' in no particular order.
First let me say that I read Gone Girl first. Big mistake. High expectations or at least some expectations for this book. It took me over 2 weeks to finish, gone girl was read in 3 days. The story was boring, drawn out, with a few interesting things thrown in here and there. I forced myself to keep listening, waiting for it to get better. It only got slightly better maybe 1.5-2 hrs from the end. Not sure if I would have been any more impressed if I read this one first...
What I learned? That when a somewhat predictable story is told well it can be an unbelievably engrossing experience. I had the mystery solved almost from the start and when it turned that I was right, what I realized surprised me. That was part of the whole point. This my friends is masterful storytelling, narrated perfectly. You will not stop thinking about it for days.
The Narrator, Ann Marie Lee was great. I really liked how she performed the voices of the male characters. She would change the gruffness of her voice without trying to make her voice too low. A lot of other female narrators try to make their voices too low for the male characters and it is annoying and distracting. So, the narration was excellent.
The book: I was so bored. The main character was whiny, depressed and not that interesting, and the support characters we uninteresting and annoying as well.
You might enjoy this book if you find gossiping house wives from the Midwest interesting.
I couldn't turn it off because I wanted to know who the killer was, so it was well enough written to keep my attention even though I disliked all of the characters.
If you're into darker books, this one is perfect for you. It has a depressing tone but we still root for the main character. If you're sick of plain and boring books, this one is sure to shake things up.
Very dark story. Difficult to listen to at some parts. Despite that, it was a good mystery and didn't drag anywhere. The ending was a little predictable I thought, but still good.
The story flowed well and it was not a boring tale. It was a bit too predictable
I'd tell them it is OK but not the best I've listened to recently.
Hard to say. Nothing stands out as wow that part was really great.
No, I don't see many movies
I will read more of Gillian Flynn's novels. This did not sour me to her writing. I've heard others are really good.
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