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)
As a fan of Gillian Flynn's books, this story delivers the same engaging and fast-paced writing I've come to expect. The characters and small Missouri town come to life through Flynn's details and descriptions and by the third act, it's hard to put down. Not quite as enjoyable as Gone Girl but a must read for any fan of Gillian Flynn's work.
At first I didn't enjoy the narration but as I continued to listen it became more apparent as to why she read it the way she did. It makes you feel exhausted both the way the narrator reads it as well as the words the author wrote. You can just tell how tired the main character is.
This narrator is one of my favorites.
This story was very well written and suspenseful.
Great voice, never annoying.
Of course the last few chapters were the best! When everything started to unravel I had to put everything else I was doing on hold and listen. It grabbed my attention multiple times and was never dull. I really liked the book :)
the story is not for the faint of heart especially if you're sensitive to children being involved in murder, sex, and drugs. However if you're not, it is a great book!
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