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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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    Mary A Stanford 02-21-15 Member Since 2011
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    Complicated and damaged characters with interesting plot twists. Ms. Flynn never disappoints! This one's a real page turner (so to speak).

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    Very good. Ended in a hurry. Still enjoyed it! Will read more of her books. Read up people or listen up

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    "Beyond gruesome to the point of I don't buy it."

    The narrator is excellent. The book devoid of humor and probably the most depressing story I e ever read. Kat is is a barrel of monkeys by comparison .

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    "Jaw dropping ending!"

    Gillian Flynn doesn't disappoint! After listening to Gone Girl, I didn't expect this book to be able to top it. The writing is deep, multi dimensional, and clever. I think Gillian Flynn is my new favorite author!

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    Jennifer Eddy 02-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!!! Great ending."

    I absolutely love this book and so far every other book I have read by this author. The ending was fantastic. I thought I had it all figured out. I was wrong.

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    "Flynn needs a good cuddle."

    Honestly if I ever meet Flynn I will just give here a good cuddle. I personally liked the element of most of the characters being female. However about half way in, just struggled with the huge difference between the almost too sugary sweet southernness the characters had and that of the subject matter. Flynn uses the image of these jailed pigs really well, but my god! A sickening but well written book. Flynn doing what she does best.

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    Maryam Bakhshaei Irvine, CA USA 02-13-15
    Maryam Bakhshaei Irvine, CA USA 02-13-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Not bad could've been better"

    The performance was alright but the story was a little disturbing there were parts where I had to stop listening for a bit

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    Emily Felker 02-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining"

    A very entertaining book. Along the lines of Dark Places and Gone Girl. The narrator has been my favorite thus far.

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    Kelly Paliga Dyer, IN 02-11-15
    Kelly Paliga Dyer, IN 02-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Addicting!"

    Gillian is my favorite author, she is brilliant and captivating. I e never enjoyed books so much. This is a must read.

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    Erica Irving, TX, United States 02-08-15
    Erica Irving, TX, United States 02-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not as good as the other Flynn books"

    I enjoy books that are "dark," but I didn't like this book. I expect a Gillian Flynn book to be on the disturbing side. I really enjoyed Dark Places & Gone Girl, but didn't care for Sharp Objects. There aren't any really likeable characters and the story wasn't gripping. This is not an audiobook that I will listen to more than the one time.

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    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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    "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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