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As loyal Entertainment Weekly subscribers, we have been fans of Gillian Flynn for her smart, funny, and spot-on reviews of books, movies, and TV, but we were not prepared for her stunning debut novel Sharp Objects, a wickedly dark thriller that Stephen King calls a "relentlessly creepy family saga" and an "admirably nasty piece of work." We're calling it a cross between Twin Peaks and Secretary--sinister, sexy, and stylish. Perfect fall reading. --Daphne Durham
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 clichés 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. (Oct.)
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A well written mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end. Will look for more books by this author.Published 7 hours ago by Wendy L Powers
I will admit that I was so disappointed and felt this book was a waste of my time. On page 383 , I was mind blown. So worth every pennyPublished 7 hours ago by Colleen Wellspeak
Written well, interesting, but incredibly disturbing. Not really my cup of tea plot-wise. Mystery, I like. Everything else involved, I don't. Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Elyse L
My least favorite of the three, but ironically the highest priced for the shortest length, and I feel cheated.
Good story, but I knew the DX way before... Read more
Dark and depressing. Such perversions and crude language. Does not inspire.Published 22 hours ago by Ann
Didn't see the ending coming.....kinda graphic at times, but pulled it all togetherPublished 23 hours ago by Stephen k Zweifel
This book is one you can't put down after you get through the first several chapters. It is slow at first but then picks up and thrill doesn't stop!Published 23 hours ago by Rachael Hartson