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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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    I liked this the least of her 3 but a decent listen. For her first book it was ok, you shouldn't be disappointed

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    Keeps you on the edge and slams at you when you are not looking.

    Very good voice.

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    Gave up on the book twice because the narration was annoyingly slow. Enjoyed the story very much in the end.

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    Melissa Mckail, Australia 01-03-15
    Melissa Mckail, Australia 01-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good read"

    Very flawed and disturbed but likeable main character. Majority of the characters were toxic horrible people. A good read tho. Narrator was perfect.

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    kmason1458 12-31-14
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    "Worth a credit"

    Great listen but a little predictable. Hard to hear of all the suffering but well developed and not cliche. Easy to listen to while working. Performance was great. Not distracting and seemed to fit with characters.

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    SteelyDale 12-29-14
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    The reading was very good. The story was unpredictable and had me guessing until the end! Gone Girl fans will enjoy this one.

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    Trina Nycol United States 12-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Just okay."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was a little boring and predictable.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    As a city girl, it's always good to read about the culture of small towns.


    What does Ann Marie Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was spectacular.


    Do you think Sharp Objects needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No follow-up book needed unless the pace picks up a little.


    Any additional comments?

    It wasn't a bad book, it was just okay. I'm glad to have listened to it but wasn't one of my favs. Now Gone Girl was OUTSTANDING!

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    L. Taylor az 12-10-14
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    "Loved it!"

    I think Gillian Flynn may be my favorite author now, can't wait to read all her books.

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    "It Will Scratch Your Gone Girl Itch"
    What other book might you compare Sharp Objects to and why?

    I was Jonesing for another thriller to scratch my Gone Girl itch and this totally did the trick. Set in Missouri, this book had several twists and turns that kept me in my car until I finished the chapter. While the story is not nearly as explosive as Gone Girl, it has stuck with me. In some ways, it goes to a darker or perhaps more familiar place. Flynn nails it with her Hitchcock-esque stories that keep you guessing until the epilogue.


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    "Great Read"
    If you could sum up Sharp Objects in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, suspenseful, captivating


    What other book might you compare Sharp Objects to and why?

    Gone Girl - the female leads have twisted psyches similar to that of the main character in Gone Girl


    What does Ann Marie Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is an excellent voice actress. Perfect inflections and tempos.


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    11/8/09
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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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    3/25/08
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    I liked this book but it was rather heavy. Worth a listen but not a 5 stars product

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