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)
Interesting read, but very dark and depressing. I figured out the prime suspect very early in the book so the ending was no surprise. The audio was excellent. If you want to listen to something mindless, its a decent story.
Sharp Objects tackled some dark subject matter but in a way that it helped you understand rather than condemn. I felt like I got inside the mind of Camille.
The interactions between family and friends in a small town was well written without those usual small town stigmas.
I was surprised by the ending and that's alway good.
This book was engrossing but ultimately a little distrubing. Most memoir style books have some levity, things that make you endeared to the main characters but this is so real it wasn't funny.
A compelling and breathtaking "murder mystery" where the prime suspect is always changing as the stroy evolves---you may finish the book in just a few sittings and be feeling left strangely empty and saddened by the fact the book is over so quick.
The pace of the novel is moved not only by strong writing but the excellent narration; the narrator's voice is smooth, warm and calming which belies the tension and suffering of the characters.
As a previous reviewer commented, the main character is a masochist who takes her inner demons out on her own flesh. One doesn't find this out until you've already come to know and feel real sympathy for her. Perhaps a subject matter some may want to avoid, but a great book for those with a stronger stomach.
I probably would have liked this book more if the lead character were not a cutter. Maybe it was a relatively unexplored affliction when the author wrote the book, but now it's the disorder du jour. Otherwise, Camille is sympathetic. And, the story does leave you wondering whodunit.
I enjoyed this book. The mystery kept me guessing right up till the last few minutes. I didn't know that the main character was a "cutter" when I purchased this audio. I have known someone like that, and heard of others, and could never understand it. I don't know if this depiction is medically accurate, but it was interesting.
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.
"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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