Sharp Objects: A Novel

by Gillian Flynn

Crown Publishing Group | September 26, 2006 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Sharp Objects: A Novel is rated 4 out of 5 by 11.

FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF GONE GIRL

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: September 26, 2006

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307351483

ISBN - 13: 9780307351487

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deliciously dark This book kept me interested until the end. Her characters are all described so well that it feels like you are right in the story. If you don't like a dark story though this is not the book for you. The book is hard and edgy but well worth it. Not your average murder mystery - a step above.
Date published: 2015-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining. Overall was a good read and not as disturbing as Gone Girl was. It kept you guessing until the end!
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed, was a good read Gillian Flynn's characters are dark with many issues, it is a theme in all her books, I don't mind it. Her books are well written and fast paced.
Date published: 2014-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark, Disturbing Gillian Flynn can do no wrong. Out of Gillian Flynn's three novels, I read Sharp Objects last. Although it wasn't my favourite of the three, it was still just as dark and disturbing as the previous two. Flynn is the master of writing protagonist characters that you absolutely loathe, yet you can't help rooting for them. If you're a fan of the dark
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Recommend if you like twisted/messed up stories! This book is a mystery/thriller and this being my first Gillian Flynn book I don't regret picking it up, it was so twisted and creepy. Sharp Objects is about a women, Camille Parkers a reporter who's just been released from a short stay at the psych hospital. She is told to cover a story about young girls being murdered in her home town. Camille hasn't been back since she left eight years ago and now will be staying at her mother, Adora's house during her stay in Wind Gape. Her mother raised Camille but never loved her. Camille doesn't know her half-sister but comes to realize that she's a spoiled thirteen year old who still throws tantrums over her dollhouse but acts like an adult when around her friends. Camille also realizes that her half-sister is mean to everyone but in front of Adora Camille's half-sister acts like a little girl who needs to be held and tended too and needs her mother. The story has it's twists and turns about who the murder might be and you discover more about Camille and her family along the way. The book is messed up and twisted, in a way you want to know who is killing these girls and why Camille's family is so messed up. Even though I really like this story and it's a small book it took me a bit of time to get through it. However, I do recommend Sharp Objects to those who like mystery/thrillers and to pick this up before the movie adaptations is on big screens.
Date published: 2014-05-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disturbing - Would not recommend to all I picked this up after reading Gone Girl and I think it was actually better than Gone Girl but it was much darker and very disturbing. I found it difficult to put down but I almost wish I hadn't read it. I feel as though after reading something so dark, I need to cleanse my mind. I would not recommend this book to many people, especially those of a sensitive nature. This book will leave an impression.
Date published: 2013-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nothing short of psychologically creative Sharp Objects was the second book by Ms. Flyyn that I have had the pleasure of immersing myself in. After reading Gone Girl, I think it's safe to say that my expectations were VERY high. I wasn't as impressed by this book, but that has nothing to do with the fact that the writing itself was still on point, and the storyline, nothing short of creative. The story opened in one of my much loved cities, Chicago, but quickly found itself unraveling in the small town of Wind Gap, Missouri. I'm still not sure if it was intentional, but I had a hard time grasping onto an idea of the towns inhabitants and lifestyle. On the one hand, the residents were wealthy, but then they were just as easily working as housemaids in their friends homes-the picture just wasn't painted too clearly, I was quite lost in that sense. Camille, our highly disturbed protagonist, was quite the character. I couldn't decide if I appreciated her for her struggles, or if I resented her for her stupidity. She was kind-hearted, and honest, and quick witted, but she was also self-conscious, and vulnerable, and nonchalant. I feel like all of those things didn't quite work together to pain the clearest picture of her either. I also had a hard time picturing her as a female character, especially one that was supposed to stunningly beautiful. She almost just "threw" herself through the storyline, almost as though she was in a huge pinball machine-she would hit certain climaxes, and then just as easily fall through some holes. With that said though, I felt for her, especially towards the end, and decided that she was a character I enjoyed reading about and hearing from. Secondary characters were appalling in this novel-in the greatest sense of the word. I both despised and welcomed the brassiness of Amma, a 13-yr old princess of the rotten sort. Their mother was also another amazing role-it was almost impossible not to hate her, but a (disturbed) part of me always wanted to hear her opinion, predict her movements. There were characters of the small town sort as well, who all played there part a bit clichéd sometimes-I didn't really care much for them, and kind of got them mixed up at times. The storyline itself was another thing. Another fantastic thing. I alternated from the comfort of my bed, to the slight discomfort of my couch, to the very.edge.of.my.kitchen.chair. There was nail biting and burning questions and "AHA! I know who done it!" thoughts. But such is not the way of Gillian Flynn. She kept me guessing until the end, the VERY end, until literally a few pages from the end..end. As with Gone Girl, I absolutely LOVED her thought process. I admired and appreciated the time in which she took to map out a series of events that thrilled me, disturbed me, confused me and CAPTURED me..ALL AT ONCE. An absolute master of her craft, this novel was something completely out of the ordinary, yet it could be something happening in your very backyard, should it choose to. Fans of psychological thrillers would definitely appreciate this novel, and already fans of Gillian Flynn will applause another job well done.
Date published: 2013-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Gillian Flynn's first novel "Sharp Objects" is a gripping thriller. Flynn's main character Camille is a reformed cutter trying to live a normal life as a reporter in Chicago. When she is sent to investigate a series of murders in her hometown she is thrown back into her desperately flawed family and disturbing childhood. The characters are tragic but relatable and I couldn't put it down. You may figure out "who-dun-it" but that doesn't diminish the dramatic mystery that unfolds.
Date published: 2012-12-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It’s Dysfunctional I’m not sure what to think of Gillian Flynn’s debut novel. It’s very dark, the atmosphere and the characters. It’s dysfunctional, twisted, and places a heavy focus on unhealthy relationships; a main course I’d normally gobble up, but, not in this case. I just couldn’t connect with the characters. The murder mystery kept me reading on. I knew who the killer was around the one-hundred page mark. I was correct, but I didn’t expect the twist at the end involving the murder of the young girls. I will read more from the author. Debut novels are not always a writer’s best work.
Date published: 2012-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely Potent Reason for Reading: I read Gone Girl earlier this month and thought it was just OK but I had read Dark Places years ago and loved it, so I wanted to read this, Flynn's first book, to see which opinion of her as a whole author I had of her. Sharp Objects presents a completely unique premise for a thriller that kept me on my toes and excited throughout the book. From the first few pages I knew I was going to like the main character and she proved to be a multi-layered personality who did many unexpected things and yet remained true to her character. The three main female characters were all highly intricate psychological studies of deeply affected personalities who the reader never knew whether they were truly good or bad. While I won't say I was on the edge of my seat, as I had decided upon one of two possible solutions, I will say Flynn keeps you guessing until the very end. And even when you think the whole case is solved, she pulls out one final twist to unnerve you and make sure you go to bed feeling slightly creepy about the whole thing. I had a hard time deciding whether I liked this or Dark Places better since it has been some years since I read it, but I re-read my review and it brought the whole book back to me and this one wins out ever so slightly. As a first book, this is extremely potent and Flynn has followed up well with two more. Even though I thought Gone Girl was less than stellar, I still enjoyed it and will be looking forward to her next book.
Date published: 2012-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from fantastic gripping read. The title of the novel and the wonderful reviews it has recieved engaged me to read the book. I was impressed with the author's (Gillian Flynn) ability to make me understand who the characters in the book were, with such an immpeccable attention to detail. Just when you think you know how the story will end; Flynn steers you in one direction to make you believe what is going to happen next, then throws in clever yet tastefully wicked twists. Such a thrilling reading experience. A strong first novel for Gillian Flynn. Cannot wait for the second.
Date published: 2007-09-17

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Sharp Objects: A Novel

by Gillian Flynn

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: September 26, 2006

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307351483

ISBN - 13: 9780307351487

From the Publisher

FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF GONE GIRL

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

About the Author

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Gillian Flynn earned English and journalism undergraduate degrees from the University of Kansas. She wrote for a trade magazine in California before moving to Chicago, where she received a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She moved to New York City and wrote for Entertainment Weekly for 10 years. She was the magazine's television critic for four years. Her debut novel, Sharp Objects, was published in 2006 and won two Dagger Awards. Her other works include Dark Places and Gone Girl. In 2012 she made The New York Times Best Seller list for her two works Dark Places and Sharp Objects.