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Sharp Objects | [Gillian Flynn]

Sharp Objects

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2006 Gillian Flynn (P)2008 Oakhill Publishing Ltd

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    Sheree Great Bookham, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    Sheree Great Bookham, United Kingdom 13/04/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing"

    I loved every minute of this book, it kept me guessing right until the end. I listened to this after gone girl , which I thought was brilliant, and this book is even better. I love the way the listener gradually finds out the darker side of the narrator as the story moves along with a wonderful dark sense of humour.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kim guestling, United Kingdom 23/03/2013
    Kim guestling, United Kingdom 23/03/2013 Member Since 2010
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    "Sinister and exciting"

    I loved this, as good as Gone Girl, and with tighter writing. However the narrator is quite irritating, not Amy! Once I got over this I really enjoyed it but might have been better to read than listen

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daisy 18/06/2014
    Daisy 18/06/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "So disappointed!"
    What would have made Sharp Objects better?

    I feel a bit let down after listening to this book. It took me ages to get in to the story then it felt like the ending was really rushed.
    I didn't like the main character and I didn't think the self harm element of the book was necessary.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    I have listened to several Gillian Flynn books however nothing lives up to gone girl. I may not return to Gillian Flynn after this book.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Liza Ross?

    Anyone would have been better!! I hated this narrator. She made the main character sound as though she was in her 60's rather than her 30's It made it really hard to picture and connect to the main character.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K Swansea, United Kingdom 25/07/2013
    K Swansea, United Kingdom 25/07/2013 Member Since 2010

    Audible commute fanatic. I love a good crime thriller.

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    "A bit of a let down"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the book more as I got further into it but if I had not read one of her books previously I think I might have given up. Not any where as good as Gone Girl but I suppose for an earlier work it was ok. It has the usual twists and turns you expect from the author but they are more obvious than in later works.


    Would you recommend Sharp Objects to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would suggest that anyone reading this hangs in there as it does improve as it goes along.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yuliana Ilvesheim, Germany 02/11/2012
    Yuliana Ilvesheim, Germany 02/11/2012 Member Since 2012

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    "Not Flynn's Best work"

    but listenable. Quite dragging in the middle. The ending is predictable. But undoubtedly, Flynn is still one of the best thriller writer out there.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Denholm, United Kingdom 04/09/2013
    Mr Denholm, United Kingdom 04/09/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, kept me hooked!"
    If you could sum up Sharp Objects in three words, what would they be?

    Different, Intriging, gripping


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sharp Objects?

    The twist


    Which character – as performed by Liza Ross – was your favourite?

    Adora


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes I could have done


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed this as much if not more, as the authors other two books Girl Gone and and Dark Places

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L Swansea, United Kingdom 01/09/2013
    L Swansea, United Kingdom 01/09/2013 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy crime books most of all but dip into other genres now and then. I also re read the classics I have not read in years.

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    "excellent"

    Gillian Flynn is a favourite of mine. She is always an exciting listen. Can't wait for more.

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    Julie South Ockendon, United Kingdom 02/07/2013
    Julie South Ockendon, United Kingdom 02/07/2013 Member Since 2012

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    "Another great read from Gillian"
    If you could sum up Sharp Objects in three words, what would they be?

    Dark, Compelling, unpredictable,


    Which character – as performed by Liza Ross – was your favourite?

    Camille


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    A great book, I love this author, and have loved all of her books. Looking forward to her next novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • S. Brown
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    08/09/14
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    "A sharp beginning"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sharp Objects to be better than the print version?

    While it's the first Gillian Flynn's novels, It's the last one I've read. It didn't reach the dizzying heights of Girl Gone or Dark Places, but it's still a wonderful novel with fast pacing and brilliant narration.


    What other book might you compare Sharp Objects to and why?

    Dark Places. The MC is not as well developed as Libby Day in Dark Places, but she's definitely up there in status.


    Which character – as performed by Liza Ross – was your favorite?

    The MC, Camille


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many, but in the bath, her mother poisoning her and the moment she's almost given up and comes to the realisation of everything that has happened.


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  • pratalife
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    31/07/14
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    "disquietingly real"

    Despite a flash of insight in chapter 2 that I spied the killer, I was inexorably drawn along - befuddled and misdirected - towards a bitter-sweet conclusion. Great book; unique point of view; queuing the next from Gillian Flynn as I write..

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  • Sennia
    Griffith, Australia
    30/07/14
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    "Sharp"

    Perhaps not as intriguing as Gone Girl as it was a bit more predictable and the storyline not as intriguing. I still enjoyed it a great deal.

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  • Karin
    17/07/14
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    "Sharp description of toxic maternal love"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Camille. She's struggling. She's honest. I could identify.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Milk, poison and teeth - a golf-cart murder mistery.


    Any additional comments?

    Reading Gillian Flynn is always a pleasure. But I liked this book best. It's sharp to the point. Maternal love can be a toxic mixture of milk and poison. This story beats most psychiatric textbooks in its precise description of 'borderlinogenic' circumstances. And as usual the writing is first-rate: intelligent, exciting, excellent. Matches 'Life of Pi' in more than one aspect. Be aware of the teeth!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lizzie
    29/06/14
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    "Original & Thrilling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great book, loved the depth to the characters and how different and original they were from your typical main characters, made the story so much more enjoyable and entertaining. Performance was absolutely amazing, loved the accents! The story itself overall was great though I felt the ending lacked a bit of punch but otherwise fantastic!


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  • Paul
    Kent Town, Australia
    06/03/13
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    "Not Gone Girl but still great."

    I still enjoyed this. It was a well done whodunit with an edge. Flynn is EXPERT at drawing acid tongued, vile women and there is a plethora of them in this fast paced, edgy book.

    I was NOT a fan of the reader. She sounds WAY too old! The girl in this book is in her early thirties and this reader sounds much older.

    It was good, but very different from Gone Girl, which I LOVED, and wanted another one of course. This is very different, but still great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pashminky
    Melbourne, VICTORIA Australia
    10/09/12
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    "Not her best"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I bought this on the strength of Gone Girl, but struggled with a turgid storyline that didn't have the trajectory of her more recent work. Also, it relishes in the nastiness of some of the characters (much like Gone Girl) that does little to make the story any richer or involving.


    Has Sharp Objects turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What three words best describe Liza Ross???s voice?

    Pleasant older female


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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