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Sharp Objects Paperback – July 31, 2007
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“A first novel that reads like the accomplished work of a long-time pro, the book draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction...Flynn's book goes deeper than your average thriller. It has all the narrative drive of a serious pop novel and much of the psychological complexity of a mainstream character study. All in all, a terrific debut.”
—Alan Cheuse, The Chicago Tribune
“A compulsively readable psychological thriller that marks [a] dazzling debut...[Flynn] has written a clever crime story with astonishing twists and turns, and enough suspense for the most demanding fans of the genre. But it is the sensitive yet disturbing depiction of her heroine that makes this an especially engrossing story...Flynn's empathic understanding of her major characters leads to storytelling that is sure and true, and it marks her a write to watch.”
“To say this is a terrific debut novel is really too mild. I haven't read such a relentlessly creepy family saga since John Farris's All Heads Turn as the Hunt Goes By, and that was thirty years ago, give or take. Sharp Objects isn't one of those scare-and-retreat books; its effect is cumulative. I found myself dreading the last thirty pages or so but was helpless to stop turning them. Then, after the lights were out, the story just stayed there in my head, coiled and hissing, like a snake in a cave. An admirably nasty piece of work, elevated by sharp writing and sharper insights.”
“Not often enough, I come across a first novel so superb that it seems to have been written by an experienced author, perhaps with 20 earlier books to his or her credit. I'm extremely excited to discover my first debut blowout this year, a sad, horrifying book called Sharp Objects...[Flynn] is the real deal. Her story, writing and the characters will worm their way uncomfortably beneath your skin...But this is more literary novel than simple mystery, written with anguish and lyricism. It will be short-listed for one or more important awards at the end of the year...Sharp Objects is a 2006 favorite so far. I doubt I'll ever forget it.”
—Cleveland Plain Dealer
“A deeply creepy exploration of small-town Midwestern values and boasts one of the most deliciously dysfunctional families to come along in a while...[Flynn] handles the narrative with confidence and a surprisingly high level of skill...Wind Gap ends up the sort of place you'd never want to visit. But with Sharp Objects, you're in no hurry to leave.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“Brilliant...Powerful, mesmerizing...A stunning, powerful debut from someone who truly has something to say.”
—San Jose Mercury News
“One of the best and most disturbing books I have read in a long time...Flynn never stoops to the gratuitous, and the torment produces haunting characters that hung around my imagination long after I had finished the book. Her skillful blending of old tragedies with new culminated in an 'oh-my-gosh' moment that I never saw coming. This book simply blew me away.”
—Kansas City Star
“Don't look here for the unrelenting self-deprecation and the moping over men common chick lit...I promise you'll be thoroughly unnerved at the end.”
“First-time novelist Flynn is a natural-born thriller.”
—People Style Watch
“A witty, stylish, and compelling debut. A real winner.”
“Flynn delivers a great whodunit, replete with hinting details, telling dialogue, dissembling clues. Better yet, she offers appalling, heartbreaking insight into the darkness of her women's lives: the Stepford polish of desperate housewives, the backstabbing viciousness of drug-gobbling, sex-for-favors Mean Girls, the simmering rage bound to boil over. Piercingly effective and genuinely terrifying.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Fans of psychological thrillers will welcome narrator/Chicago Daily Post reporter Camille Preaker with open arms...As first-time novelist Flynn expertly divulges in this tale reminiscent of the works of Shirley Jackson, there is much more to discover about Wind Gap and, most of all, about Camille.”
“This impressive debut novel is fueled by stylish writing and compelling portraits...In a particularly seductive narrative style, Flynn adopts the cynical, knowing patter of a weary reporter, but it is her portraits of the town's backstabbing, social-climbing, bored, and bitchy females that provoke her sharpest and most entertaining writing. A stylish turn on dark crimes and even darker psyches.”
“[A] chilling debut thriller...[Flynn] writes fluidly of smalltown America.”
“[Flynn]] offers up a literary thriller that's a doozy...and she does it with wit and grit, a sort of Hitchcock visits Stephen King, with plenty of the former's offstage and often only implied violence, and the latter's sense of pacing and facility with dialogue...This is not a comfortable novel of touchy-feely family fun. Rather, it is a tough tale told with remarkable clarity and dexterity, particularly for a first-time author.”
“A tense, irresistable thriller...Flynn's first-person narration is pitch-perfect, but even more impressive is the way she orchestrates the slim novel's onrushing tension toward a heart-stopping climax.”
“Darkly original...Flynn expertly ratchets up the suspense...A disturbing yet riveting tale.”
“Skillful and disturbing...Flynn writes so well. Sometimes she dips her pen in acid, sometimes she is lyrical, but always she chooses her words deftly...She has an unsparing eye for human imperfection and for the evil that moves among us.”
“Using understated, almost stark prose, Flynn paints a jagged, unflinching portrait of the vise-like psychological bonds between women, and how their demons lead to the perpetuation of cruelties upon themselves and others. The end result is an unsettling portrait of how long emotional wounds can last- and how deeply they hurt.”
“More in the tradition of Joyce Carol Oates than Agatha Christie, this one will leave readers profoundly disturbed. But from the first line...you know you're in the hands of a talented and accomplished writer.”
—The Boston Globe
“[A] breathtaking debut...Written with multiple twists and turns, Sharp Objects is a work of psychological prowess and page-turning thrills.”
“As suspenseful as the V.C. Andrews books you shared in high school, but much smarter.”
“Sharp Objects is one of the freshest debut thrillers to come around in a long while. It's a gripping, substantive story, stripped of cliche, and crafted with great style. The characters are refreshingly real, burdened with psychological issues that enrich the story. And the ending, which I was positive I could predict, is unpredictable. Sharp Objects is, indeed, quite sharp.”
“Sharp, clean, exciting writing that grabs you from the first page. A real pleasure.”
—Kate Atkinson, author of Case Histories and One Good Turn
About the Author
GILLIAN FLYNN is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Gone Girl and the New York Times bestsellers Dark Places and Sharp Objects. A former writer and critic for Entertainment Weekly, her work has been published in 42 countries. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.
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I am an avid reader. When I'm finished with one book, I eagerly start on my next. "Sharp Objects" however, stopped me in my tracks. I couldn't do it - I couldn't move on, so entrenched I became with the story, the characters, the feeling like I was tumbling down Alice in Wonderland's rabbit hole, anxious to await what I would discover on the other side.
It was a gem. Unpredictable, addicting. This is not a summer read, a novel of love lost and gained and happy endings. This is a winter read. Deep and dark and luscious with strong yet vulnerably flawed characters living in a fractured world. I loved every page.
I wish I could have liked Camille a little better. She is one of those protagonists that you want to shake and tell her to wake up. And the ending is just a bit much. Still, there is mystery and perversity here. But I wasn't upset when it was all over.
Camille Preaker, working as a journalist for a small newspaper in Chicago, is sent to investigate the disappearance of a young girl in Wind Gap, the rural Missouri town where she grew up. Less than a year ago another young girl was murdered and mutilated there in similar circumstances. Camille's misgivings about her new assignment soon become obvious when she returns to the family home she fled more than a decade ago - because this is one very dysfunctional family. As Camille starts to investigate the murders, the deep dark secrets of the town - and Camille's own life - slowly come to light. With troubling memories of her own childhood slowly closing in on her, Camille is struggling to keep her sanity - and stay alive .....
As in Gone Girl: A Novel, Flynn beautifully portrays her flawed characters, unmasking them slowly, layer by layer, down to the rotten core. Festering under the surface of seemingly "normal" people lie troubled and sick minds, with secrets so horrible that they will stay with you long after the last page has been turned. Camille's scars are more than skin-deep - as she is slowly falling into the clutches of her dysfunctional family, it soon becomes obvious how children can be harmed in more ways than physical abuse.
Without giving too much away, this book is not for the faint hearted, its horror not lying in graphic descriptions but in the dark undercurrents of its characters' minds. The ending will shock and surprise - or maybe not, because by then the reader has been shocked and surprised enough times to know that anything is possible. A psychological thriller which will push you to the edge - realising that evil can come in many disguises.
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This book was much more disturbing than I was anticipating, and not in an interesting way.Read more
I will definitively read another by Gillian Flynn.
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