- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: W&N; New Ed edition (17 Sept. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0753822210
- ISBN-13: 978-0753822210
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1,114 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sharp Objects: A major HBO & Sky Atlantic Limited Series starring Amy Adams, from the director of BIG LITTLE LIES, Jean-Marc Vallée Paperback – 17 Sep 2007
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To say this is a terrific debut novel is really too mild ... [it is] a relentlessly creepy family saga. I found myself dreading the last thirty pages or so, but was helpless to stop turning them. Then, after the lights were out, the story just stayed there in my head, coiled and hissing, like a snake in a cave (Stephen King)
This is a stylish thriller about housewives who don't recognise their own desperations, while the reader recognises with fascinated clarity the nastiness and vacuity of life in an updated Stepford (Literary Review)
It is a stunningly accomplished evocation of the oppressiveness of small-town life and is just as assured in depicting the gradually revealed psychological disorder that links Camille to both the killer and victims (Sunday Times)
Compulsively disturbing and ... exciting (Time Out)
[A] striking first novel ... a relentlessly dark tale, with some very disturbing characters, Camille among then, and it makes a powerful impact (Sunday Telegraph)
A stylish and compelling debut. A real winner (Harlan Coben)
If you love Martha O'Connor look out for Gillian Flynn's debut, Sharp Objects ... a gothic fairytale-gone-bad (Company)
The horror creeps up slowly, with Flynn misdirecting the reader until the shocking, dreadful and memorable double ending (Publisher's Weekly)
Six years before she became famous for Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn's first book wowed the critics.. it's a dark, unsettling read that fills you with doubt and keeps you second-guessing the whole way through" (ESSENTIALS)
Some scars never heal . . . An addictive thriller from the author of the mega bestseller GONE GIRL.See all Product description
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It isn't a detective story - the cops are almost peripheral. We don't really know what the police are doing, and in a way it doesn't matter much - they come in at the end to make an arrest. It's a psychological thriller - most of the action takes place between the ears of the reporter. Her flaws and her damaged personality are key - that and her relationships with the other characters.
Worth reading - albeit bleak in the extreme. It probably won't appear in the Hicksville Bookshop under a "Local Author" sign
To enjoy an unpleasant read I need to be interested. Unfortunately I found it all pretty predictable and saw the outcome and 'twists' almost from the start. Ultimately I’m a bit disappointed.
Sharp Objects tells the story of the search for the killer of two very young girls in a small Missouri town. It's told from the point of view of Camille Preaker, a former resident of Wind Gap, the town where the killings took place. Having left to live and work in Chicago years earlier, journalist Preaker returns to her home town to investigate and report on the case on behalf of her employer, the Chicago Post. Upon returning, Preaker's dysfunctional childhood and difficult relationship with her overbearing mother are re-examined.
The 'sharp objects' in the title refer to the tools which the self-harming Preaker has used to (almost entirely)scar her body since childhood. With the exception of her face and a small circle in her back, her skin is covered with marks. Preaker is also a chronic alcoholic who frequently starts the day with a glass of vodka, or whatever comes to hand. She is a seriously messed-up young woman.
This is an incredibly dark novel, which like Dark Places deals with the most despicable of all crimes: child murder. For some reason, Flynn appears to be drawn to this grim subject. But the problem with this story is that it lacks pace. Flynn spends the vast majority of the novel carefully describing the painful childhood of the central protagonist, Preaker, and demonstrating just how emotionally damaged she and other members of her family still are (she has a younger half-sister), but it's all done far too slowly. At times one forgets that there is a case to solve. In contrast, the end of the book is rushed, and a major plot twist is presented too quickly.
For a first book, Sharp Objects is a decent attempt; but it's Flynn's weakest novel. Luckily for her she improved with her next two efforts.
If you haven't read Gone Girl, I would HIGHLY suggest reading it. Even if you've seen the movie, Flynn's writing is astounding. She paints a story with her words and it's well worth a read. This book, however, is not.
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