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Sharp Objects Audiobook

Sharp Objects

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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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    Katherine Capello 04-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "READ GONE GIRL FIRST, THIS WASN'T AS GOOD"
    What did you like best about Sharp Objects? What did you like least?

    The story flowed well and it was not a boring tale. It was a bit too predictable


    Would you recommend Sharp Objects to your friends? Why or why not?

    I'd tell them it is OK but not the best I've listened to recently.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to say. Nothing stands out as wow that part was really great.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, I don't see many movies


    Any additional comments?

    I will read more of Gillian Flynn's novels. This did not sour me to her writing. I've heard others are really good.

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    Dee Pizzo 04-27-16
    Dee Pizzo 04-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Really good, just shy of great ..."

    I definitely would recommend this book to others! I found it hard to turn off at times! Having said that, I felt as though some of the characters evolved from their original personas, and the storyline just didn't tie together as I think it should have. I love GF and it's obvious that this was one of her first novels, yet it's still pretty damn genius!!

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    IMO 04-21-16
    IMO 04-21-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Ms. Flynn is dark"

    This is 3rd book by her that I've read so I knew it was going to be a grizzly story. The depraved areas of the human psyche is where she likes to take me. I have to be on the mood to go there. Characters are well developed. Narration was a bit too sweet but maybe that's what kept me listening to the end. I was able to figure out ending for the first time reading Flynn novels.

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    Holly Faulkner Bartlett, TN United States 04-21-16
    Holly Faulkner Bartlett, TN United States 04-21-16
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    "Great cathartic book."

    I loved reading and listening to this book. I felt a very strong connection to the main character (Camile). Just a well written (well read) story.

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    Erica Bumgardner 04-18-16
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    "A classic 'who done it' mystery"

    love the story from the perspective of the daughter. Seem to end very abruptly, which I am not sure is good or bad.... it just didn't seem to go with the rest of the book. overall, it is a great book.

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    Jorge 04-18-16
    Jorge 04-18-16
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    "Clever book"

    Once again Gillian Flynn finds a way to suck me into a murder mystery. Loved this story! And the voice of the narrator has a nice liquid sound that I appreciate!

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    lovemykids 04-18-16
    lovemykids 04-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't miss this one!"

    Amazing from start to finish. Twists and turns that you would never expect had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Up there with the 5 top books I've ever heard.

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    "Not as developed as gone girl, but still good"

    This book was highly disturbing, I do not want to give anything away so I will not elaborate. All I can say is every person in this book was not stable or healthy. I was a little bit disappointed after having read Gone Girl first, I could really feel how Gillian Flynn's writing and story telling developed over time, that being said this book was definitely still worth the read.

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    A 04-06-16
    A 04-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing! yet not for everyone"

    I will admit, this book starts off slow. At first, the different voices for each character seemed annoying, but within a few chapters, it really painted a vivid picture of each of the characters. If you are a fan of Natsuo Kirino at all, you will love this book. I was absolutely hooked by the halfway mark, eschewing all my responsibilities to finish the damn thing. one caveat, if you are recovering or dealing with mental issues (for me, PTSD), you may want to proceed with caution. Otherwise, I highly recommend this for anyone who loves dark mysteries.

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    Evonne Austin, Texas 03-22-16
    Evonne Austin, Texas 03-22-16

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    "It has it all. Definitely an eye opener."
    If you could sum up Sharp Objects in three words, what would they be?

    Painful, Disassociation, Evil


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely Camille if not I would have to seriously examine by brain for some mental health defects. Camille's disturbances are totally understandable after finding out what her childhood must have been like.


    Have you listened to any of Ann Marie Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I don't believe I have.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    More like moments that moved me. But in ways that made my skin crawl. I did feel empathy for Camille.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book and well written. It is very creepy and disturbing. It goes to show how delicate the balance is between a mothers love and or hate. That broken or never established bond is irreparable and profoundly damaging. A perfect example of how the torn fabric of a mind can make us unemphatic and evil. How a sociopath is born.

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