Sharp Objects (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Sharp Objects (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Gillian Flynn


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Reluctantly returning to her hometown after an eight-year absence to investigate the murders of two preteen girls, reporter Camille Preaker is reunited with her neurotic mother and enigmatic, thirteen-year-old half-sister as she works to uncover the truth about the killings, a probe that leads her all too close to the secrets of her own past.

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ISBN-13: 9780606367226
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 07/31/2007
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 269,843
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: HL770L (what's this?)

About the Author

Gillian Flynn, the author of the thriller Gone Girl, the biggest literary phenomenon of 2012, worked as a journalist and film critic for years, before turning to fiction. Her earlier books include Sharp Objects, which was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Writer, and Dark Places, which was adapted into a 2015 feature film. Flynn wrote the screenplay for the 2014 adaptation of Gone Girl, which was directed by David Fincher.

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Sharp Objects 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 310 reviews.
Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
This was Flynn's first novel, but I read her second (unrelated) novel, Dark Places, first. Both do have points of similarity. Both have very damaged protagonists and both have great voices and striking prose. Both have disturbing themes and imagery. I liked this one much more though. Her next book has if anything an even more memorable and well-drawn protagonist and ambitious structure--but in this one the resolution made much more sense; it really held together with a wicked twist in the end. This isn't a genteel drawing room mystery but very gritty and noirish. This story deals with two child murders in a small Missouri town where the little girls had their teeth ripped out. The protagonist, Camille Preaker, is a reporter who returns to her hometown to cover the story. In isolation Camile might seem extreme, even repulse a reader with her self-destructive actions--she has a history as a cutter and if she's not an alcoholic, she's clearly on the way. But in the context of her family and hometown her behavior is explicable and sympathetic. Her mother is among the more well-drawn human monsters I've read in a work of fiction and yet seems just all of a piece in her setting--Flynn is very good at invoking the sharp cruelties in this small town across generations. The novel is a well-paced, compelling read I won't soon forget.
KimmyBax More than 1 year ago
I read it over three years ago and I still think about it. Every time I am looking for a new book to read I click on this one and look for books like it. I'm not a morbid person, quite bubbly actually, and I found this book wonderful. Gillian Flynn writes so "real" it's hard to believe it's not her true story. Very gifted writer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With so many books out there with the same old plot line, I am always in search of a novel with a unique, never-done-before character and plot line. This one hits the nail on the head. Well done.
KrisPA More than 1 year ago
Camille Preaker isn't the most likeable heroine and sometimes I think I would call her the anti-heroine. She does a lot of stupid things in this book but I always hope she succeeds. Camille is the most unusual main character I have ever read about. Her form of self-mutilation is unusual and fascinating. I'm glad I bought this book so I can re-read it because it is an unusual book and I raced thru it and the twist at the end was a huge surprise. I did not expect it at all. I look forward to reading this author's second book.
MECC More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite. I has just read the authors new book Gone Girl and thought I would give this one a try. Although the characters and plot in Gone Girl were both dark and twisted this book took it to a whole new and disturbing level - slightly too much for me and the darkness seemed almost pointless/unexplained at parts. The ending was abrut (similar to Gone Girl) almost as if the other had too many balls in the air and just let most of them drop towards the end. Its not necessarily a plot twisting thriller but a scattered account of gruesome and strange behavior I could not relate to at all.
ommie More than 1 year ago
Dark but Great!!! I don't mind reading dark novels. The idea and concept behind the main character was new and I really appreciated that. Definitely not what I expected when I picked the book up. She did a great job with the story and the twist were very nice. There are compelling characters in the book and that makes it hard to put down. I actually went back and mentally mapped the cutting, to help me get a better understanding of Preakers mind set. I almost thought the ending was a bit rushed and sadly I figured it out about half the way through...maybe its just me. This was a good quick read and I plan on reading more from Gillian Flynn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the way Flynn writes, she provides luscious details and has you wanting more as you keep reading. I've read all three of her novels, and this was my least favorite. It didn't have a huge bang in the first chapter or so such as Gone Girl. It was slow in the beginning and seemed to drag, but halfway through as the main character opens up more, the story opens up more as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book a few years ago. Well before any talk of this series based on it. Spectacular book and writer. I've been keeping my eye out for her books since I read this! Nothing bad to say, just read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this novel to any reader that enjoys taut suspense stories with strong female characters. After thoroughly enjoying my first Gillian Flynn novel "Girl Gone" this past summer, I couldn't wait to dive into the author's other works. With clever insightful dialogue, intriguing dysfunctional family dynamics, and one hell of a shocking twist at the end, Ms. Flynn will entertain you from page one. Can't Wait to read "Dark Places".
denverbroncosgirl More than 1 year ago
The idea for the book was not bad & the writing style was okay, however the characters were awful! The "heroine" (and I use this term loosely) was completely unlikeable. Between cutting words all over her entire body, doing hard core drugs with her 13 year old sister, & having sex with a teenage boy that she was old enough to mother, what's left to like? I realize the heroine had a totally messed up childhood but I could not even pity her! She did not have one redeeming quality! The author should have concentrated more on making the storyline/plot disturbing instead of the characters. There was not one likeable character throughout! The alcoholism was off the charts! This book had potential but was completely ruined by the characters. It rambled on & on & on about meaningless nothing! (alcohol, drugs, weird sex) I have enjoyed books that have a lot of the previous (alcohol, drugs, & sex) but this was just plain weird. The author's writing style was not bad & something (I'm not sure what) kept me reading until the bitter end. I would not recommend this book to anyone. I hope the author writes more & focuses more on the plot & makes at least one of her characters remotely likeable! I have not completely given up on this author & will try reading her new book "Dark Places".
Schatje on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having read and enjoyed "Gone Girl", I decided to check out Gillian Flynn¿s debut novel. Camille Preaker, a reporter for a Chicago newspaper, is sent to her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri, to write about the disappearance of two pre-teen girls. While on assignment, she stays with Adora, her mother ; Alan, her step-father; and Amma, her half-sister. To call Camille¿s family dysfunctional would be an understatement. The family members are totally twisted. Adora is a manipulator extraordinaire who showed Camille no affection while showering her two other daughters with love. She even tells Camille, ¿¿I think I finally realized why I don¿t love you¿¿ (148). This treatment has scarred Camille both emotionally and mentally; she self-mutilates, drinks excessively, and seeks love and comfort inappropriately. Alan is cold and distant and speaks to his step-daughter only to accuse her of tormenting Adora (163 ¿ 165). Amma is the leader of a gang of vicious and promiscuous girls; she has a ¿violent streak . . . a penchant for doing and seeing nasty things¿ (101), In fact no one in Wind Gap is well-adjusted, especially the women. All are weak, hapless victims, or back-stabbing desperate housewives, or self-centered and abusive teenagers. Even the protagonist is not likeable. Her night of drinking and drug use with a 13-year-old and her sexual dalliance with an 18-year-old hardly make her sympathetic. She¿s doesn¿t want to be a victim so she starts victimizing others?If I lived in a small town in Missouri I would be offended by the portrayal of residents. Having grown up in one, I know what life in a small town is like. Certainly there are not the cultural opportunities that a city has to offer, and everyone does know virtually everything about everyone, but not ¿everyone drinks¿ (82) and not everyone is a country bumpkin. According to Camille, anyone who hasn¿t left is complacent, ¿not strong enough or smart enough to leave¿ (198). Perhaps we are to believe that Camille¿s views of the townspeople are tainted by her difficult childhood in Wind Gap, but her opinions are reiterated by the other out-of-towner, the police detective from Kansas City.There is not a great deal of suspense concerning the identity of the person responsible for the deaths of the two young girls. Very early in the novel, the reader can narrow down the perpetrator to one of two people. The narrative structure leaves little doubt where the guilty party will be found; the use of first person point of view also diminishes any real sense of danger for the narrator. A character¿s name and the reference to a mysterious illness are very obvious clues to another secret; even Camille admits, ¿It had to be made that obvious to me before I finally understood . . . I wanted to scream in shame¿ (194). And so she should!Stephen King called this novel ¿a relentlessly creepy family saga¿ and that it is. It is not, however, a very suspenseful thriller, and characterization is weak since most of the characters are flat or stereotypes. In Flynn¿s defense, this is a first novel, and her writing skill has definitely improved since.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, these are my favorite types of books to read and this book was just perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was Not her best effort
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, but the characters are really disturbed. I felt the author was reaching trying to have each character outdo the other. While I finished the book, I didn't enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thrilling but very dark
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just want to leave a 5 star review without having to write about it. It was a good book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Difficult to read. Gone Girl was much better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely not as good as Gone Girl. It was an easy read but very bazaar & dark.
DudleyS More than 1 year ago
Gone Girl was the first of Flynn's books that I read and I loved it. The characters were flawed, but the serious issues were contained to one-two characters. I read it a second time for book club and loved it even more as I discovered the nuances in Flynn's story telling. I bought Sharp Objects expecting the same caliber of writing and was greatly disappointed.The storyline itself was compelling and kept my attention. However, it felt as if every character in this book had mental issues. It was like the entire town was a mental health ward. As a result, it took away from the story being told and became a gimmick to keep readers guessing who had committed the murders. I would have preferred some of the characters to have other reasons for being potential suspects. I did find the use of cutting to be an interesting element. I haven't heard of cutters creating words on their body and I felt that added to the book. Overall, this book was disturbing past the point of being enjoyable. It was as if Flynn was throwing in every disturbing thing she could come up with for the sole purpose of being disturbing. This is not a book I recommend, though I do recommend Gone Girl
RebeccaScaglione More than 1 year ago
I know I'm kind of on a psychological thriller kick, with Gone Girl, The Trajectory of Dreams, and now Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, but I can't help myself!   Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn is the author's first novel.  Camille is a reporter who moved to Chicago and away from her tiny hometown.  However, after being recently released from a rehabilitation center for doing some damage to her body, she is being shuttled back home in order to investigate the murder of one and disappearance of another young girl. Camille is trying to get her big journalism break while still working to survive being back home with a slightly "off" mother, a 13 year old sister that she doesn't even know (and who has some "offness" about herself as well), and a stepdad who doesn't ever speak to her. Gillian Flynn leaves you guessing in another one of her psychological thrillers. I enjoyed Sharp Objects and the craziness that went along with both the characters and the story line.  I figured out pieces, got confused, then figured more out, then was wrong, and so on. But I loved Gone Girl.  I loved being lied to, all the twists and turns, and the psychotic ending.  Sharp Objects has a psychotic ending, too, but Gone Girl was just a more impactful book overall. Come on guys, give me another psychological thriller to add to my list! Thanks for reading, Rebecca @ Love at First Book
TwistOfFaith More than 1 year ago
Unnecessarily gruesome. I wish more of this author's books were like Girl Gone, which had truly gripping twists and turns, and the characters were likable and compelling in spite of... Both Dark Places and Sharp Objects have characters that are not likable, although I must add that Sharp Objects is a vast improvement over Dark Places. If I could tell the author one thing it would be to stop writing for 12 to 14 year old boys. They're not reading your books. Skip the overly gross and the gruesome and stick to good story telling with characters the reader can actually root for. Write your next book without using the words spit or vomit.
Blitzismydog More than 1 year ago
Here's a terrific story you'll have to gobble up in a few days. Camille Preaker is a shy, low-key young Chicago reporter with almost anti self-esteem. The haunting story of her past is slowly revealed along with a few more inches of her skin's geography... covered by words she carved herself. Camille's a reformed cutter who doesn't want anyone to know, so she covers herself with long sleeves and pants even in summer heat. She's also a plucky kid/adult who wants to please her editor (at least a little bit) and find the story behind mysterious deaths of young girls in her little Missouri hometown. A former townie, the editor rationalizes, will be able to interview current townies and get results the 'big newspapers' won't have. Camille's investigative digging turns up factoids and memories of her own past along with family/friends'/acquaintences' leads that seem to lead nowhere. The frustrating inability to find a legitimate answer to the outrageous killings haunts the reader and Camille throughout her interviews and legwork. It's a twisting path that leads to a chilling conclusion, and Camille is horrified at what she's found that certainly has implications for her own future. But wait... the story's not over. Just when you'd been chilled to the bone and ready to return to a normal life, you can't, and neither can Camille. Resist the urge to stand up and scream. What a compelling story. Flynn uses Camille's oddball family -- the rich folks on the hill -- to draw Camille into and out of sense memories that include her girlhood, sad teen years and attempts to define herself by cutting words. The queasy tension of the tale is fed by Camille's misgivings about the assignment, the resentment of townies toward the rich, and Camille's growing relationship to her very young step-sister. Nothing is as it seems on the surface here, just as we often find in life as we mature. Storytelling here is knowing and masterful, and it feels true. You don't have to be from Podunk to appreciate the supporting characters, and Camille's aching tarnished wiseacre could pull on anyone's heartstrings.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Good read
L. K. Simonds 6 months ago
Yikes! Girls are famous for being mean, but wow. Amma, Adora, Ann, Natalie. Victims all, and equally villainous. Only poor Camille Preaker takes it all in to her own flesh without dishing any of it back out. I have to admit that my heart hurt a little for Flynn's Camille. This story bothered me quite a bit, meaning I found myself thinking about it when I wasn't reading. They were unhappy thoughts about certain scenes and the idea that such misery actually happens in the world. I know it does. Gillian Flynn moved the bar for Southern Gothic Literature to a disturbing place: Wind Gap, a Heart of Darkness hamlet in the Missouri bootheel. Where the inhabitants are all a little crazed from their unendurable proximity to one another. Where the atmosphere is so murky with secrets and misplaced loyalties that it's hard to put a hand on the truth. I think this book is a pretty lean thriller at its core. But the reader is so immersed in Camille's heartbreaking psychological drama that it's hard to stay on point, even when obvious answers are shouting from the pages. The writing is, of course, great. I have to read Gone Girl next, even though I loathed the movie. It's difficult for film to do justice to this type of writing because it's hard to translate to the screen motives that are clear on the page. Thank you, Ms. Flynn, for ginning up characters so memorable they seem real