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Sharp Objects [Kindle Edition]

Gillian Flynn
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Book Description

Some scars never heal . . . An addictive thriller from the author of the mega bestseller GONE GIRL.



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.



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Gillian Flynn is TV critic for US magazine Entertainment Weekly, but after the highly impressive thriller debut that is Sharp Objects, she may have to re-think the day job – particularly as such masters of the thriller as Harlan Coben and Stephen King are falling over each other to praise her novel.

Flynn’s conflicted heroine is journalist Camille Parker, who is holding down a job on a low-rent newspaper, convinced that she’s inspiring only feeling of disappointment in her editor, who has nursed unfulfilled hopes for her journalistic career. Camille, from a small town called Wind Gap in Missouri, sees herself as white trash, but actually hails from a moneyed family. To maintain her sanity, she has escaped from the town and her highly-strung, hypochondriac mother. But bad news beckons: she is summoned by her editor, who suggests she return to her home town to cover the abduction and murder of two young girls. Despite all her reservations (not least for her own mental equilibrium), she feels she must go, returning to the impressive Victorian mansion that was her home. She is quickly back in dangerous territory with her demanding mother – and reminding herself how she fell into a dark cycle of self-harm. Another problem is her Lolita-ish half-sister, a precocious teenager with a following of alienated girlfriends and some dark secrets of her own. Back in this destabilising territory, Camille is reminded of the childhood tragedy that left a mark on her. Looking into the deaths of the murdered girls, she starts to make big mistakes: going to bed with the investigator assigned to the case, and, worse, getting involved with the prime suspect, a disturbed teenager.

This heady brew of Southern gothic is dispatched with an assurance that totally belies the fact that this is a debut novel – and, what’s more, will have most readers hungry for more of Gillian Flynn’s individual brand of sexually-charged menace. --Barry Forshaw

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Gillian Flynn is TV critic for US magazine Entertainment Weekly, but after the highly impressive thriller debut that is Sharp Objects, she may have to re-think the day job – particularly as such masters of the thriller as Harlan Coben and Stephen King are falling over each other to praise her novel.

Flynn’s conflicted heroine is journalist Camille Parker, who is holding down a job on a low-rent newspaper, convinced that she’s inspiring only feeling of disappointment in her editor, who has nursed unfulfilled hopes for her journalistic career. Camille, from a small town called Wind Gap in Missouri, sees herself as white trash, but actually hails from a moneyed family. To maintain her sanity, she has escaped from the town and her highly-strung, hypochondriac mother. But bad news beckons: she is summoned by her editor, who suggests she return to her home town to cover the abduction and murder of two young girls. Despite all her reservations (not least for her own mental equilibrium), she feels she must go, returning to the impressive Victorian mansion that was her home. She is quickly back in dangerous territory with her demanding mother – and reminding herself how she fell into a dark cycle of self-harm. Another problem is her Lolita-ish half-sister, a precocious teenager with a following of alienated girlfriends and some dark secrets of her own. Back in this destabilising territory, Camille is reminded of the childhood tragedy that left a mark on her. Looking into the deaths of the murdered girls, she starts to make big mistakes: going to bed with the investigator assigned to the case, and, worse, getting involved with the prime suspect, a disturbed teenager.

This heady brew of Southern gothic is dispatched with an assurance that totally belies the fact that this is a debut novel – and, what’s more, will have most readers hungry for more of Gillian Flynn’s individual brand of sexually-charged menace. --Barry Forshaw


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 501 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; New Ed edition (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002U3CCF6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (798 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Gillian Flynn's first novel SHARP OBJECTS was the winner of two CWA DAGGERS, and was shortlisted for the GOLD DAGGER, and also for an EDGAR. She lives in Chicago with her husband.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and riveting 23 April 2013
Format:Paperback
I devoured Sharp Objects in less than a day, but it would be incorrect to say I enjoyed it. The story is so dark, so twisted, that is makes for incredibly uncomfortable reading. Camille is sent home for the first time in eight years to report on the murders of two young girls- but this is markedly less disturbing than the mother she left behind. From the start, I had an uneasy feeling about her mother Adora. Enter Camille's precocious half-sister, who makes Camille uneasy from the outset with her changeable nature and expertise at deception. I don't want to spoil the story, so I will suffice it to say that the final twist was one I didn't quite see coming. Flynn artfully twists your suspicions this way and that so that you're never quite sure where you are. What was interesting was that every character had dark depths to them, and her heroine is not spared scrutiny of this as many often are.

I will definitely read more of Flynn's work. It's for you if you enjoy tight plots, psychological intrigue and in-depth portraits of deeply flawed, scarred human beings.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read, but not Flynn's best work 2 Jan. 2015
By PeeBee TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was first introduced to Flynn's work through the Gone Girl movie, which I really enjoyed. Based on that, I read Dark Places, which was one of my favourite books of 2014, so I was eager to read Sharp Objects. Since reading Sharp Objects, I have now also read Gone Girl.

In short, this is a good novel and worth reading, but that's not to say there are no problems with it. Even taking into account that Sharp Objects is Flynn's debut novel, I felt there were a few issues with the book. The first issue is pacing - very little happens in the first half of the book, both in terms of plot development and character exposition. From the halfway point onwards, the plot develops very quickly indeed, but not in an entirely satisfying way - especially as there were no surprises. The "one what done it" is obvious from an early stage, and Flynn isn't trying to misdirect us. While that would be fine, I just didn't ever fully buy into the novel. The second issue is the need to analyse everything through the lens of cod-psychology; this is an overused trope in American TV and literature which I find tiresome. While Flynn writes about psychoses, sociopathy and psychopathy better than most, I was still a little underwhelmed with the way in which so many characters were written as a list of symptoms. To try my best and not present a spoiler, one character's issues were so apparent from so early on that the "reveal" at virtually the end of the book seemed to be an insult to the reader's intelligence; something I didn't expect from Flynn after reading her bravura story-telling in Dark Places. Dark Places also had a few issues, but those were easily ignored in the wider context of the novel. The same can't be said for Sharp Objects.
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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely recommended 7 Feb. 2007
Format:Hardcover
Thoroughly enjoyable read. The cover of the book definitely doesn't do this justice. If it wasn't for a friend's recommendation, I would never have picked this up as it looks like a typical crime novel. But please let me assure you - it is so much more than that! This definitely comes under the psychological thriller/literary fiction umbrella.

This is a book that has stayed with me long after reading it. Flynn wonderfully captures the suffocating atmosphere of small town Missouri so intensely you can feel the claustrophobia bearing down on you. Whilst Camille is not a wholly likeable person, her character binds the whole story. The book is very chilling and disturbing and not for the faint-hearted but is brilliant and definitely worth a read. Whenever you think you know where the story is taking you, it turns a sharp corner and leaves you completely breathless.

I cannot capture the essence of this book keenly enough so I can strenuously recommend that you give this book a go.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
From a rich, sterile and emotionless upbringing, it's no wonder Camille is damaged. As she strives to normalise her life away from her family, she learns she has to go back to the town, and the overbearing lifestyle she thought she had left behind: Wind Gap, Missouri,is the kind of place you only visit in nightmares.
As an investigative reporter, Camille is drawn back to the family hometown to shed some light on the gruesome murder of a local girl. In an apparently ritualistic killing, Camille believes she is on the trail of a serial killer and even though she doesn't want the job, she feels morally obliged by the respect and love she has for her Editor - a father figure in her life more than her robot-like, bland step-father - and the opportunity of a 'scoop' over a rival newspaper. As she re-aquaints herself with her over-bearing mother and her manipulative, cold step-sister, Camille opens old wounds. As a physcological thriller and as a portrait of 'old money' people trying to cope with the modern world, Gillian Flynn has excelled herself.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 17 Jan. 2014
By Susie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A real page-turner! Once I started this book I could not put it down, and I did not guess the ending.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A novel 14 Aug. 2012
By Amapola
Format:Paperback
The story follows what can only be described as a deranged young reporter, Camille Preaker, on her reluctant journey back to her home town to write about the murders of two young girls. Sent there by an archetypical editor, chewing tobacco and cheesy tie included, Camille has to face all the little people left behind. With special help from the small town cop, the big city policeman brought in to deal with the case, and the beautiful brother of one of the girls, our protagonist tries to piece together her story whilst dealing with her own problems: suffering her ocd, over-powering mother, who turns out to have a nasty obsession, a step-dad who's almost as loving as a brick and a half-sister who's 13 going on 30.
The characters are slightly predictable and lack depth and back story but all in all are likeable.
The book follows a line at a steady pace but speeds up suddenly at the end as if the writer wanted to get it over and done with. Obviously this is meant for a specific reason, to accentuate the action, to cause an impact on the reader, but it seems out of place, forced even. As if to chase of anyone who has become to attached to the story.
Over-all it is a page-turner, a thrilling read. It sucks you in but just when you think it can't get any better, it doesn't.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Darkly challenging but fascinating
This was a very well written and intriguing book. I was impressed by its knowledge of psychology and could not put the book down as it was so dramatic. Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Hazel
3.0 out of 5 stars good books
Thought it was good but still trying to understand the story
Published 17 hours ago by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and fantastic!
A great read that kept me gripped throughout, would recommend to anyone who likes a psychological thriller! Very well written.
Published 2 days ago by jenny and jake
1.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near as good as Gone Girl
Very slow paced repetitive book. Figured out "who did it" very early on. Most of the book focused on describing every single character in great detail, with many characters being... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Laurelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Nailbiting
A great read mystery unravels keeps you guessing till the end
Will be looking out for more from this author
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer jackie
3.0 out of 5 stars Great, if you like that sort of thing. Grim if you don't.
Not sure what to say as, unlike some reviewers, I found the book held my attention right to the end. Read more
Published 2 days ago by K. Wells
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It's not the best from Gillian Flynn but it's definitely great!
Published 4 days ago by Fernanda Navilli
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I didn't like it. Not my cup of tea!
Published 4 days ago by John Patching
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
I personally found it difficult to warm to any of the characters, it was a little slow and predictable in places.
Published 5 days ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another brilliant book by Gilliam Flynn.
Published 5 days ago by Karon Stickland
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