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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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  • Kim
  • guestling, United Kingdom
  • 23-03-13

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

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Yuliana
  • Ilvesheim, Germany
  • 02-11-12

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.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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good story, slightly irritating reader

good story although I didn't enjoy it as much as the other two by the author. voice was a bit irritating but maybe that's just me...

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Better than dark places

It was good and a great twist at the end - well read - definitely worth a read but not as good as gone girl!

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Very clever

It would have been more than 4 only I listened to Dark Places first and that's amazing

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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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Dark and Disturbing

I really liked Gillian Flynn's previous books and as a result was looking forward to this. I found it an odd experience - i was still hooked by the story and wanted to continue. However in parts i found it so horribly brutal that i had to stop listening. This was really dark and disturbing and yet i still wanted to reach the end - which says a lot for the author's characterisation and story telling. Just be prepared is all i'd say!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Love and death

Be careful what you say and do. The actions that ensue from a skewed idea of love. Keeps you wondering.

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  • Jo
  • London
  • 11-01-15

A dark thriller

Where does Sharp Objects rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not the best but definitely not the worst.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The fact that all the important characters are women, and they are all complex and dark characters, which you don't see that often.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

It's difficult to pick just one scene, there are several well written and suspenseful scenes.

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

I could have done that, there certainly weren't many boring moments in the story.

Any additional comments?

The story is quite dark and somewhat disturbing, but I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed Flynn's other works.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Sheree
  • Great Bookham, United Kingdom
  • 13-04-13

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.

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  • pratalife
  • 31-07-14

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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  • Karin
  • 17-07-14

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!

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  • Lizzie
  • 29-06-14

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
  • 06-03-13

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-08-18

loved it

book is definitely better then the movie, great narrator absolutely recommend didn't want it to end

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  • Cathy and Rich
  • 16-01-15

A very unusual read

Any additional comments?

While this was a bit predictable, it was also an interesting read with twists and turns.

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  • S
  • 08-09-14

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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  • Sennia
  • 30-07-14

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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  • Pocket Empire
  • 10-09-12

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