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)
This book caught me by surprise. What was seemingly predictable actually turned out to be only SOME of what I expected. There were times when Camilles actions were wreckless and irresponsible. During these times I became angry and wanted to stop listening. However, like any good drama, I had to remember that the ability to evoke emotion is what makes a book great. Thanks for the story!
ughf! The narrator's southern accent drove me nuts! Every time she said "momma" my skin crawled. She was also not very good at providing the voice of the little sister. The main character's voicing was okay.
Having read Flynn's other novels before this it was easy to see how her writing had changed (for the better) from this first novel. The twist was "meh" and the characters were ... bland. I hated Libby Day from "Dark Places" and of course all the characters from "Gone Girl", but at least they stuck with me. Unlike this novel in which none of the characters left me with any feelings. I disliked them sure, but I have just finished the book and already the main characters' names have slipped from my mind.
If you have read anything by the author already then stop! This will only disappoint.
The story was so captivating. I couldn't wait to start my commute to and from work. This author was recommended to me and I'd definitely pay it forward and recommend her to others. Great read!!
I listed to this after hearing Gillian Flynn's other two. Had I listed to this one first I would not have listed to the others....
Overall, I did not like the characters nor did I like the story.
Yes, because I believe it was the story that made me dislike the narrator.
Unfortunately not for me.
I didn't jump on the Gillian Flynn boat right away. All the hype kind of annoyed me. Then I ended up watching Gone Girl and enjoying it. So, I decided to try out her other stories, in book form.
Let me just say this... I'm a die-hard Stephen King fan. I've said a million times that he understands the human mind better than anyone, and he knows how to get into its little cracks and crevices. That's what makes him such a great author. I've always liked how he's not afraid to talk about the secret, subtle darkness that's within us all.
Well... Gillian Flynn knows the darkness, too. In a different way, and maybe an even more powerful way. She has a beautiful, terrifying mind. And she's not afraid to bare the tarnished, craggy, complex mess that is the inner working of a human being. She understand intimate acts that are completely void of intimacy. She has a full grasp of the reality of obsession. She knows the fears and random but intense thoughts that clutch some of us through our entire existence. Commonplace to those who feel it and see it, but far fetched and seemingly impossible to those who don't.
SHARP OBJECTS is the best of her work, in my opinion. Camille is the definition of the kind of in depth character that I crave to find, when reading. The story is complex and disturbing, but the characters are what make it so special. There is no one part or idea that is better than the other. It's just layer upon layer of darkness, in different shades, with varying weight. Desperation, addiction, affliction, madness, love, hate, and the list goes on.
I know a lot of people read her stuff. And from what I've heard, their interest is in the shock factor. I'll admit - her plot twists are phenomenal. But I wonder if all of those fans know the reality of what they're reading...? The rare quality on every page?
Just like with the great Mr. King, I am in awe of the fact that she has articulated and published thoughts and ideas and ..."somethings" ... that I thought were in my mind, alone. It's amazing. I am thoroughly enamored with her work.
No one will ever replace Stephen King at the top of my list, but she shot right up there. If you want a little taste of the darkness, grab one of her books. I really don't think you'll regret it.
I think the only other books that can truly compare are Flynn's other stories. But maybe I haven't read enough of this particular 'genre' or style of writing to know any better.
On the obvious side, Camille (the main character) is phenomenal. Though I have a particular love for Richard. He might be my favorite. I'm not usually a fan of romance being interjected into every story... But I definitely had affection for him, and his ability to be both subtle and bold. Basically, he seemed like a real person. And a charming one, at that.
It gave me that delightful pit in my stomach, that readers of the thriller and horror genre long to feel.
Inspired life-navigator, self employed twenty-something, a-book-a-week-minimum-listener, loyal sweetie to my family& buddha loving do-gooder
I read gone girl first, then dark places and was let down a bit on the second. This one though, really has its own life to it. I have listened through multiple times. It's dark but relatable, unexpected to the end. One of my all time favorites!
I've known kids in real life that were abandoned by their mother's and they end up damaged-not murderous psychopaths, but morbidly obese, promiscuous, etc. It is critical to be loved and wanted by your mother. And a mother can abandon a child while living with them-being more interested in dating for instance than they are in spending time with the child.
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