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 novel does not go for cheap thrills or unnecessary graphic violence but with an amazing astuteness explores a deviant interpretation of love and its devastating effects on everyone who comes in contact with it. No one is left unharmed. Not a comforting read, but what an exceptional tour de force! Read beautifully too.
Just the title "Sharp Objects" is brilliant. Gillian Flynn's protagonist Camille Preaker is human and knowable despite the fact that she is your basic beautiful, tragic figure. Camille's "cutting" serves as a unique and literal pathway to her pathology. She's a great character and the combination of her smart, funny, attractiveness and her excruciating self-loathing and shame make the suspense of the central mystery all the more unbearable. Great read and read well!
I ordered this book because of the glowing review by King. I trust him completely and this book did not disapoint. It was slow to build, terrifying and facinating at the same time like a car accident, and an end which in true fashion came with a whimper not a bang.
This book was a long string of gratuitous violence, sex, and psychological abuse. You do not care about the characters because the author does not create full depictions. I would not recommend this book.
Excellent story. I didn't solve the mystery and that's unusual. The main character is a "cutter," which is an interesting story in and of itself. I thought the characters were real and the depiction of life in a small Missouri town was dead on. This book kept me interested right up to the end.
A previous reviewer referred this as a thinking woman's Silence of the Lambs, and this is an apt description. The narration was on-spot, the story tight and addictive. Highly recommended.
In an age of Dr. Phil and Jerry Springer, I imagine the protagonist of this book must be viewed as sympathetic or as an anti-hero in some sense, but without the release valve of some undamaged characters, I found this whole story dreary and unapproachable. I couldn't find a single person in the story to care about, and with 2 hours left, I was rooting for the main character to die and put me out my misery.
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.
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