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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark places of the heart and in the mind., 4 Nov. 2011
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Sharp Objects was not a fluke.Sharp Objects If you thought Gillian Flynn's debut novel was twisted and dark then you get more of the same with this blood speckled book of tragedy.
Libby Day,the survivor of massacre that occurs one cold night at her farmhouse home that wipes out her mother and two sisters and leaves her shivering,hiding out in the weeds from the killer,hoping he doesn't find her,believing that the perpetrator of this horrific crime may in fact be her own brother.
With that background, we meet Libby some years later, a cold, cynical woman living on a charity bank account filled with donations from the soft-hearted and sympathetic. A bank account that is quickly running dry. With her brother in jail for life, Libby is contacted by a mysterious club who are convinced that her brother Ben is not the real killer and despite telling herself they're wrong, Libby quickly finds herself questioning what exactly happened that fateful night...and who was really guilty and, as we discover, the suspects are many.
This book is a brilliant mixture of mystery and horror. As Libby's mind is in a constant state of indecision as she discovers new information, so we, as the reader,are left pondering,trying to second-guess and when we also flash-back to the day leading upto the massacre from both Libby's mom and Ben's perspective, we get even more drawn into the dark desperation and gloom the whole family was barely coping with.The little secrets people hide and the white lies people tell, brings about injustice and violence here.
Flynn's writing is exquisite, detailed and dense with description that delves deep into the psyches of all involved and it's never a comfortable or safe place to be. Nearly everybody has some layer of threat and menace to them. There are many twists and turns along the way making this book hard to put down and even harder to forget once you've finished it.
An excellent second novel that is both raw, nasty, brutal, honest, enthralling and sad. I didn't guess the ending...will you? Enjoy. Thank you.
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Initial post: 21 Nov 2013 09:20:55 GMT
White Lilac says:
Excellent review.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2013 14:01:50 GMT
vi says:
Thank you.

Posted on 11 May 2015 00:57:20 BDT
This review provided the right amount of insightful information to make me decide to buy the book while at the same time it gives nothing away. This reviewer could be writing book descriptions she/he is so good.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2015 03:36:31 BDT
vi says:
I appreciate the positive comment. Hope you enjoy the book.
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