Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn


Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn


Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 21, 2006 – Flynn gives new meaning to the term "dysfunctional family" in her chilling debut thriller. Camille Preaker, once institutionalized for youthful self-mutilation, now works for a third-rung Chicago newspaper. When a young girl is murdered and mutilated and another disappears in Camille's hometown of Wind Gap, Mo., her editor, eager for a scoop, sends her there for a human-interest story. Though the police, including Richard Willis, a profiler from Kansas City, Mo., say they suspect a transient, Camille thinks the killer is local. Interviewing old acquaintances and newcomers, she relives her disturbed childhood, gradually uncovering family secrets as gruesome as the scars beneath her clothing. The horror creeps up slowly, with Flynn misdirecting the reader until the shocking, dreadful and memorable double ending. She writes fluidly of smalltown America, though many characters are clich s hiding secrets. Flynn, the lead TV critic for Entertainment Weekly, has already garnered blurbs from Stephen King and Harlan Coben. 5-city author tour; foreign rights sold in 10 countries.

Customer Reviews

Her earlier work, but still good

I have read all 3 if Gillian Flynn's books available on iTunes, and although this one was probably my least favorite, that doesn't mean it isn't's just that Gone Girl and Dark Places are really, REALLY good. I'd give Sharp Objects a 6, Dark Places a 7 1/2 and Gone Girl a 9. Gillian Flynn just keeps improving THAT much from book to book. This book is a shorter novel than I prefer, and it definitely has some character plots that go undefined, but, all in all, a great read. Now go read Gone Girl!

Fantastic Read!

I read Gone Girl first and did not really care for it. Lots rated it "Great twists with a terrible ending" but I found the twists predictable and yes, the ending terrible! Now, THIS book has fantastic twists and a good ending!! Wish I had read this one first because it's definitely one of my favorites! Great characters!

Brilliant twists

This being the third novel I've read by Gillian Flynn, I have to admit each story wins me over even more than the last. I always love to think I have a story figured out by page 4 but with so many twists in the plot, and not in a deus ex machina fashion, she keeps me guessing until quite literally the very last page. Her characters and plot lines have such a refreshing complexity for modern novels--I can't get enough!

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Android, Win, *Nix, and more.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Sep 26, 2006
  • Publisher: Crown/Archetype
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English

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