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When two girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town to report on the crimes. Long haunted by a childhood tragedy and estranged from her mother for years, Camille suddenly finds herself installed once again in her family's mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and the half sister she barely knows - a precocious 13-year-old who holds a disquieting grip on the town.

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, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

©2006 Gillian Flynn (P)2008 Oakhill Publishing Ltd

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disquietingly real

Despite a flash of insight in chapter 2 that I spied the killer, I was inexorably drawn along - befuddled and misdirected - towards a bitter-sweet conclusion. Great book; unique point of view; queuing the next from Gillian Flynn as I write..

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Sharp description of toxic maternal love

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Camille. She's struggling. She's honest. I could identify.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Milk, poison and teeth - a golf-cart murder mistery.

Any additional comments?

Reading Gillian Flynn is always a pleasure. But I liked this book best. It's sharp to the point. Maternal love can be a toxic mixture of milk and poison. This story beats most psychiatric textbooks in its precise description of 'borderlinogenic' circumstances. And as usual the writing is first-rate: intelligent, exciting, excellent. Matches 'Life of Pi' in more than one aspect. Be aware of the teeth!

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Original & Thrilling

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Great book, loved the depth to the characters and how different and original they were from your typical main characters, made the story so much more enjoyable and entertaining. Performance was absolutely amazing, loved the accents! The story itself overall was great though I felt the ending lacked a bit of punch but otherwise fantastic!

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Not Gone Girl but still great.

I still enjoyed this. It was a well done whodunit with an edge. Flynn is EXPERT at drawing acid tongued, vile women and there is a plethora of them in this fast paced, edgy book.

I was NOT a fan of the reader. She sounds WAY too old! The girl in this book is in her early thirties and this reader sounds much older.

It was good, but very different from Gone Girl, which I LOVED, and wanted another one of course. This is very different, but still great.

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A very unusual read

Any additional comments?

While this was a bit predictable, it was also an interesting read with twists and turns.

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  • S
  • Australia
  • 09-08-14

A sharp beginning

Would you consider the audio edition of Sharp Objects to be better than the print version?

While it's the first Gillian Flynn's novels, It's the last one I've read. It didn't reach the dizzying heights of Girl Gone or Dark Places, but it's still a wonderful novel with fast pacing and brilliant narration.

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

Dark Places. The MC is not as well developed as Libby Day in Dark Places, but she's definitely up there in status.

Which character – as performed by Liza Ross – was your favorite?

The MC, Camille

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

There were many, but in the bath, her mother poisoning her and the moment she's almost given up and comes to the realisation of everything that has happened.

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  • Sennia
  • Griffith, Australia
  • 07-30-14

Sharp

Perhaps not as intriguing as Gone Girl as it was a bit more predictable and the storyline not as intriguing. I still enjoyed it a great deal.

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Not her best

This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I bought this on the strength of Gone Girl, but struggled with a turgid storyline that didn't have the trajectory of her more recent work. Also, it relishes in the nastiness of some of the characters (much like Gone Girl) that does little to make the story any richer or involving.

Has Sharp Objects turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

What three words best describe Liza Ross???s voice?

Pleasant older female

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

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  • Kim
  • 03-23-13

Sinister and exciting

I loved this, as good as Gone Girl, and with tighter writing. However the narrator is quite irritating, not Amy! Once I got over this I really enjoyed it but might have been better to read than listen

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Skye
  • 02-08-15

good story, slightly irritating reader

good story although I didn't enjoy it as much as the other two by the author. voice was a bit irritating but maybe that's just me...

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  • Victoria
  • 12-16-14

Dark and Disturbing

I really liked Gillian Flynn's previous books and as a result was looking forward to this. I found it an odd experience - i was still hooked by the story and wanted to continue. However in parts i found it so horribly brutal that i had to stop listening. This was really dark and disturbing and yet i still wanted to reach the end - which says a lot for the author's characterisation and story telling. Just be prepared is all i'd say!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Jo
  • 01-11-15

A dark thriller

Where does Sharp Objects rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not the best but definitely not the worst.

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

The fact that all the important characters are women, and they are all complex and dark characters, which you don't see that often.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

It's difficult to pick just one scene, there are several well written and suspenseful scenes.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could have done that, there certainly weren't many boring moments in the story.

Any additional comments?

The story is quite dark and somewhat disturbing, but I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed Flynn's other works.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Yuliana
  • 11-02-12

Not Flynn's Best work

but listenable. Quite dragging in the middle. The ending is predictable. But undoubtedly, Flynn is still one of the best thriller writer out there.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • ria
  • 01-27-15

Better than dark places

It was good and a great twist at the end - well read - definitely worth a read but not as good as gone girl!

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  • Claire
  • 01-19-15

Very clever

It would have been more than 4 only I listened to Dark Places first and that's amazing

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  • Daisy
  • 06-18-14

So disappointed!

What would have made Sharp Objects better?

I feel a bit let down after listening to this book. It took me ages to get in to the story then it felt like the ending was really rushed. <br/>I didn't like the main character and I didn't think the self harm element of the book was necessary.

Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

I have listened to several Gillian Flynn books however nothing lives up to gone girl. I may not return to Gillian Flynn after this book.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Liza Ross?

Anyone would have been better!! I hated this narrator. She made the main character sound as though she was in her 60's rather than her 30's It made it really hard to picture and connect to the main character.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Sheree
  • 04-13-13

Amazing

I loved every minute of this book, it kept me guessing right until the end. I listened to this after gone girl , which I thought was brilliant, and this book is even better. I love the way the listener gradually finds out the darker side of the narrator as the story moves along with a wonderful dark sense of humour.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • K
  • 07-25-13

A bit of a let down

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed the book more as I got further into it but if I had not read one of her books previously I think I might have given up. Not any where as good as Gone Girl but I suppose for an earlier work it was ok. It has the usual twists and turns you expect from the author but they are more obvious than in later works.

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

I would suggest that anyone reading this hangs in there as it does improve as it goes along.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Broxgirl
  • 03-09-16

Disturbingly wonderful

This is another of Gillian Flynn's disturbing murder mysteries where a damaged protagonist is confronted with murder.

I enjoy her writing, she manages to pack so much plot into one book. The characters are well formed, settings superb. Her writing is concise and particular. Thoroughly enjoyable to listen to, although this one was a little shorter.

I recommend this book and all her others!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-16

Great story, narrator a little dull;

Sorry was excellent.
Regarding narrator; All characters sounded the same, no real variation between them and didn't feel like she engaged with the characters.

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  • Tereina
  • 12-13-15

Excellent

Very interesting. Author helps you get to know each character intricately which really draws you in. Very sad in parts & upsetting but interesting & captivating all the same. I really enjoyed this book and Gillian Flynn's 2 other novels Dark Places & Gone Girl. Stories of psychologically damaged females seem to be a recurring theme across all books.

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  • Alisha
  • 07-08-15

Brilliant - I couldn't stop listening!

Fast paced, provoking, twisted, mysterious... A brilliant read!

Loved every second. Do yourself a favour and listen!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-17

Great story!

Enthralling book! keeps you going back for more. i found the narrator very entertaining with the different voices she used for different characters. highly recommend!

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  • Pamela Taverniti
  • 05-09-17

That voice!

Does anyone in America actually talk like that?!! Good story but hard to listen to.

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  • Gemma
  • 01-18-17

Great 'read'

Any additional comments?

Interesting story, kept me guessing right till the end, reasonably easy to follow with characters coming and going. The narration was awesome!

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  • Miss Jennifer J Lyle
  • 06-01-16

Didn't pick it

So many points that make me feel awkward question morality, and the idea of childhood, but overall enjoyable listen even if I didn't really enjoyed the narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-15-16

Predictable boring and hard to listen too.

Sorry to the fans but honestly, one of the worst audiobook experiences Iv had, the narrators voice was insanely irritating to me, the story was a mess with predictable writing and the author clearly has no knowledge about the subjects she deals with.... Read it for yourself.. It's dark and twisted but completely unbelievable. You won't relate a minute too it.

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  • Soraya
  • 03-31-16

Very hit and miss

Fell very flat of my expectations.
Slow and lumbering story line that i feel was "trying too hard" to be edgy/screwed up/creepy.
Terrible narrator.
Had to speed it up to be able to get through it.
Read Dark Places instead.