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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.
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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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    Listener 05-26-14
    Listener 05-26-14 Member Since 2011

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    "WOW"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! It is a great! Gillian Flynn is a great author and the narration was excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were great. I could almost touch them from all of the details you get from them.


    Have you listened to any of Ann Marie Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I do not think so.


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

    I think leaving the stand alone title would suffice.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great listen. You think you have an idea where the story is going and you are wrong every time. I think the ending wrapped up a bit too quickly and I would've like too see things work out with John but it may be influenced by the fact that I had to listen to it twice.

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    Jessica Atkinson 05-20-14
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    "Very dark and twisty but a great thriller!"
    Where does Sharp Objects rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my top 10!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the twist and turns.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent thriller like all of Gillian Flynn's books.

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    Book Hoarder 05-01-14 Member Since 2015

    I have a book addiction and an 2 hour commute, thank god for the sanity of audible

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    "Too Twisted for Color TV, one screwed up family"

    I got sucked in, and even though this is a truly twisted story, it was so well done that I did not have a chance to second guess where the story was taking you, and have to admit I did get a surprise at the ending.

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    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 04-30-14
    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 04-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Another SNAFU for Flynn"

    Excellent. I read this after Dark Places and Gone Girl. I'm hooked, which is hard to believe considering the disturbing nature of all these books. However, Sharp Objects is the least disturbing and the one that has the most likeable protagonist. The ending is not a shocking surprise but it does invite thoughtful consideration about numerous aspects of family psychology. Definitely a book club read or even one to discuss with a best friend, if you can stand being queasy. The narration was superb. Perfect pitch and tone for the characters.

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    melissa Norwich, CT, United States 04-14-14
    melissa Norwich, CT, United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2014

    An avid reader who cherishes my time with a good book!

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    "Uniquely Creepy and Disturbing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book goes past quickly. The pace is very fast and so it felt like it ended more quickly than I would have liked. I enjoyed it though, but not as much as I have others.


    If you’ve listened to books by Gillian Flynn before, how does this one compare?

    I've listened to Gone Girl and Dark Places and I would think that this one ranks much lower on my list that the other two. The plot is very fresh and unique. The characters are great too but the writing on this one...just didn't impress me as much as her other novels. I felt like it was missing that "bite" of her other books.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator was a good match.


    Was Sharp Objects worth the listening time?

    I think so. It was a good story and had I not read other books by this author that were far more superior, I would prob have rated it higher. Its less graphic than her other novels which is good news for many people that found the other books to be too brutal.


    Any additional comments?

    Still a good read but if you want to experience this author at her best, try Gone Girl or Dark Places first instead.

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    Amazon Customer Forestville, MD, United States 04-12-14
    Amazon Customer Forestville, MD, United States 04-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Seriously Dark!"
    Would you listen to Sharp Objects again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to Sharp Objects again not right away but I would definitely listen to it again. It was a great read. It was twisted. It has lots of twists and turns and an unexpected ending.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to say. Every character was seriously twisted.


    Have you listened to any of Ann Marie Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This was my first experience.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did have a reaction. I didn't laugh or cry. I was a little saddened. Although this book is fiction, it made me sad to learn of the darkness and sadness that some people suffer with.


    Any additional comments?

    Gilliam Flynn is an exceptional writer. The story was dark but well written.

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    K. Moore 03-24-14
    K. Moore 03-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I expected more"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Ann Marie Lee?

    maybe


    Has Sharp Objects turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO , I expected more , Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl , was really good , very interesting.


    What about Ann Marie Lee’s performance did you like?

    Great Job


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    Tina 03-23-14
    Tina 03-23-14
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    "Twists until the very end"
    If you could sum up Sharp Objects in three words, what would they be?

    THRILLER! TWISTED! WICKED!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Ama. You never knew what was going on in her crazy little head.


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

    It was slow at times, but by the end I sat in my driveway in order to finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought I had the book figured out, but true to form, Gillian Flynn had me fooled. She is an excellent writer and amazing story teller.

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    Nina SANTA FE, NM, United States 02-28-14
    Nina SANTA FE, NM, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not as addictive as her others"

    I loved Gillian Flynn's other books. And this one did have a lot of the same components, but I just wasn't as surprised, disgusted or horrified (in a good way), the way that I have been with some of her others. The final detail that is revealed at the end re: teeth almost makes up for the rest, but overall, this one just didn't compell me in the same way. Unlikable characters can only stay afloat with a really good storyline and this one was just a little thin. Still a good read, but not great.

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    Brandi Sorento, IL United States 02-17-14
    Brandi Sorento, IL United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Another Homerun by Gillian Flynn!"

    I chose this book immediately after listening to Gone Girl! It was another good choice. I thought I had it figured out a couple of times only to be surprised again!

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    "Brilliant"

    A real surprise - had me hooked from begining to end! I don't think it's too heavy though some of the subject matter isn't the most cheerful. Well written book I thought.

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    Plumstead, London, United Kingdom
    3/25/08
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    "A Good listen"

    I liked this book but it was rather heavy. Worth a listen but not a 5 stars product

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