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)
what can I say? Ms. Flynn is one of the best suspense writers out there next to Lisa Gardner. I love how she gets her readers so involved with the characters!! Her characters are so well developed and broken and have all types of personality disorders and mental issues.
If you've read Gillian Flynn before, the tone of this book will be familiar. I imagine that it may also be polarizing -- i.e., either welcome, or entirely unwelcome. Or, ideally, both. (I have a strong sense the author is aiming for both.)
Gillian Flynn is smart, and creates specific and full, if somewhat hyperbolic, scenarios. She has a deeply unnerving gift for introducing characters and then gradually peeling away at them, revealing their deepest, darkest recesses. She does this casually, in the deadpan manner of a non-comedian, which, listening to Sharp Objects, meant that I had a very good idea of where things were headed by Chapter 7.
I listened -- in the same way I read Gone Girl -- not to learn how far, or even where, the characters and story would go, but because I enjoy the slow unraveling of artifice. It's a bit like watching a hideous accident in slow motion, with every single detail highlighted and burned into your brain.
I enjoyed the book. it seems on par with Flynn's other stories and if you don't mind the vulgar and/or graphic language then I would recommend the book. it's dark twists and turns keep you intrigued.
Another Gillian Flynn novel that delivered what I expected - some mystery, some suspense, a lot of darkness. One of her darkest books, it's still a good suspense, but it there was so much darkness in some places it was hard to swallow.
The main character has deep isses she never deals with that make you wonder how she made it to 30. Once you accept this flaw the story is pretty great.
You guys are mean. Eh, whatever, you can think my reviews suck. Oh well! ;-)
The voice artist, Ann Marie Lee, was incredible. I felt Camille's journey like I would feel a close friend telling me a story. It also had an AMAZING storyline. But, what else can you expect from Gillian Flynn?
Absolutely on the edge of my seat. It was one of those books that creeped you out, made you squirm inside, but also can't keep from reading MORE MORE MORE!
I usually hate saying the main character, but Camille is one of the deepest written characters in contemporary literature, that I have to say it'd be her. I'd say she has more put into her than Nick and Amy from 'Gone Girl' (They still have a lot!).
Well, I'm not going to give anything away, so I'll describe it like this: normal story arc has beginning, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution. This follows normal story arc, but you feel as though you are continually being punched in the gut on the way down from the climax and during falling action. It. was. brilliant.
I read the books like this: 'Gone Girl,' 'Dark Places' and 'Sharp Objects,' which I believe is exactly backwards. I don't think you need to read any one to appreciate the others, and the order DEFINITELY does not matter. But if you appreciate anything in Sharp Objects, PLEASE read 'Gone Girl' and 'Dark Places,' in no particular order.
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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