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Sharp Objects

A Novel

Flynn, Gillian

Paperback - 2007
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Sharp Objects
After eight years, the murders of two preteen girls--timed nearly a year apart--bring reporter Camille Preaker back to her hometown. As she works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, Camille finds herself forced to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past.

Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, [2007]
Edition: 1st pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780307341556
Characteristics: 254 p. ; 21 cm.


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Mar 14, 2015
  • SoftFire rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The best of Flynn's novels, thrilling, chilling, and satisfyingly twisted it left my mind racing long after I finished turning the pages.

Feb 25, 2015
  • StarGladiator rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This lady writes some heavy stuff, with most clever endings. But always great writing reminding you of people you've known!

Jan 10, 2015
  • LalalaLand rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Darker and more disturbing.My favorite out of all her books.

Dec 22, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Flynn has gained notoriety and a huge readership for "Gone Girl," but her back catalog is worth checking out. This is a suspenseful tale of sociopaths, obsession, and twisted family secrets investigated by a very flawed protagonist.

Dec 22, 2014
  • karen9 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fast paced, wild, and creepy are the words I use to describe this story. If you're looking for a exciting and mind blowing story this is the one. I read Gone Girl, and decided to give this a shot after. Worthwhile experience to read, it's a lot shorter than Gone Girl, and escalates very fast near the end. You suspect that you'd discover who the killer is, and realize it's not as simple as it can be. I only gave it 4 stars because it got me a bit creeped out half way and a bit disturbing. However, overall a unpredictable story and worthwhile to read. If you enjoy horror books and fiction, you may enjoy this! Happy reading!

Dec 20, 2014
  • lbarkema rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I'm honestly worried for Flynn's mind. She writes nutso characters that make you just constantly say WTF? I was simultaneously repulsed and compelled by the story and characters in Sharp Objects. Something about this balance intrigues me and so I will definitely read Dark Places as well (I've already Gone Girl and loved it).

Nov 30, 2014
  • katmilr rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Bizarre, disturbing, creepy! Not as fast paced as Gone Girl.

Nov 04, 2014
  • gusmcrae rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"Sharp Objects," Gillian Flynn's first novel, is by far her most twisted and dark. Several passages had me gritting my teeth and feeling a bit (a lot!) disgusted. It's hard to imagine that a world like the one in this novel could possibly exist--that these people who populate the small town of Wind Gap, Mo are out there, living their disturbing small-town lives. But Flynn has a way of bringing them to life and making you look around suspiciously at the folks around you--could your reclusive next door neighbor or the local police detective show up in one of Flynn's novels? What secrets does your town hold? This book is not as twisty as "Gone Girl," but I really did find it much grittier.

I've now read Gillian Flynn's entire compendium of work. I can honestly say that she knows how to write a nail-biter. She is a master of the twist. She is also not afraid to delve into the most dark and decrepit areas of the human condition. I look forward to more twisted stories from her down the line.

Oct 14, 2014
  • JCLSarahM rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Dark, twisted and suspenseful. Keeps you guessing until the very last page.

Aug 31, 2014
  • athompson10 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Gory, dark and disturbing.

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Jun 23, 2013
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