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Sharp Objects
Sharp Objects
Author: Gillian Flynn
Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric 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...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780739483329
ISBN-10: 0739483323
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 254
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 90 ratings
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 0
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bookaddicted avatar reviewed Sharp Objects on + 128 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 20
One of the most disturbing and terrifying novels I have read. You can't put it down...almost because you are afraid if you do, you won't pick it up again. Flynn writes with such grit and realism that you actually feel the pain inside the main character. This is not light reading by any stretch of the imagination.
reviewed Sharp Objects on + 23 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 15
This book was definitely more than I expected. It is a dark and disturbing novel. It is definitely not a fun & light beach read. However, if you taste in reading materials leans towards the darker side of things (say Stephen King), then you must give this book a try. It is well-written, and although the reader may decipher the mystery before it is revealed, it is worth the wait. I loved that the main female characters, although not particularly likeable, we all so different. It is certainly refreshing to read a book that shows female characters as complex beings, not just the same cookie cutter character.
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Helpful Score: 9
I didn't like this book. It was an easy read, a page-turning thriller, but much like Dan Brown novels, I didn't feel like the characters stood out and the story was a bit forgettable. But if you need to kill some time at the airport, it's an okay read.
MsMarquis avatar reviewed Sharp Objects on + 7 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
I really loved this book, it really grabbed me from the first page all the way through to the end of the book. The character development is fantastic, making you care (or NOT care) about each and every one of them!
myanniecat avatar reviewed Sharp Objects on + 218 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
A young, damaged reporter is sent back to her home town to cover the story of two missing young girls. A chilling and very unusual story that will keep you reading until the end.
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marcijo28 avatar reviewed Sharp Objects on + 271 more book reviews
Great first novel, unexpected twists! Thoroughly mesmerizing!
MsJenniferK avatar reviewed Sharp Objects on + 28 more book reviews
This book is really difficult to review! The characters are just so unlikeable (seemingly intentional on the author's part).
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And the entire vibe of the book just gets under your skin in a negative way. Yet it somehow manages to addictively draw you in!
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It's truly a bizarre feeling that is challenging to fully verbalize.
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It did clip along quickly, which I liked.
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There's a lot of drug and alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, and self-harm throughout the book.
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I also think the author blatantly used âshock valueâ in her writing, which somewhat cheapened the book for me.
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Overall, I'm not regretful that I read it but I really didn't like it⦠yet I kinda did!
sixteendays avatar reviewed Sharp Objects on + 130 more book reviews
This is definitely an instance where I believe seeing the series first hampered my experience of reading the book. Don't get me wrong, the book is very good. But all I truly ended up doing was replaying the series in my head, visually. This process disconnected me from the story the way I don't like to be when I'm reading.

If you're trying to figure out if you should read the book first, the answer is YES.
Readnmachine avatar reviewed Sharp Objects on + 1434 more book reviews
Gillian Flynn's first novel, Sharp Objects, may not be quite as twisty as her wildly-popular Gone Girl, but it's definitely full of nasty surprises, perverted motives, and outright evil. Perceptive readers will pick up on part of the secret fairly quickly; others will come, sooner or later, to the same conclusion at which protagonist Camille Preaker reluctantly arrives: You're crazy to think what you're thinking. You're crazy not to think it.

Preaker, a somewhat less than brilliant reporter on a second-class Chicago daily, is sent to her suitably parochial Missouri hometown where the murder of two young girls in less than nine months has townspeople nervous and law enforcement in over their heads. Preaker's editor sees an overlooked story that just might vault his struggling paper into prominence, and thinks the young woman's local connections will help her dig out the details of the investigation. What the editor doesn't understand, and what Preaker is too emotionally fragile to tell him, is that she has been estranged from her family for years, and that being plunged back into the emotional morass of a town where everyone knows â or thinks they know â everyone else's business, is a living nightmare for her.

Flynn has drawn some of the nastiest fictional characters ever to slither around a suspense novel, including a quartet of middle-school girls teetering between sexual promiscuity and mean-girl bullying, a mother figure straight out of hell, and a protagonist with a wheelbarrow full of kinks â sexual and otherwise. It's a horror scenario the reader can barely stand to watch, yet barely manage to put down.
robinmy avatar reviewed Sharp Objects on + 2029 more book reviews
Camille Preaker is a reporter who is sent back to her hometown to cover a story about a missing ten-year-old girl and the unsolved murder of another girl. Camille hasn't been home in years. She is estranged from her mother and barely knows her half-sister Amma. She interviews various people in town as she tries to sort through her feelings about her mother.

I've decided that this author is not for me. It's the second book that I've read by Flynn. I didn't like either of them. The characters in this book are unlikable. I thought both Camille and Amma were ridiculous characters. The subject matter (self-harm, child abuse, dysfunctional family, sexualization of children) was very dark. The mystery wasn't very interesting at all. I thought the identity of the killer was obvious and predictable. I'm glad I got this book from the library and didn't waste money on it. This is the first book I finished in 2024. Thankfully, my reading experience can only get better from here. My rating: 1 Star.
sslowe avatar reviewed Sharp Objects on + 80 more book reviews
I almost gave up and just went to find the perpetrator. I thought I had some knowledge of the addictive personality but Gillian Flynn took addiction to the next level. I could not identify with the protagonist and the book got quite gruesome and just sick at times.

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