Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects

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 id...

Details Sharp Objects

TitleSharp Objects
Release DateMar 28th, 2017
PublisherBroadway Paperbacks
Number of pages254 pages
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Crime, Mystery Thriller, Suspense

Reviews Sharp Objects

  • Emily May
    “The face you give the world tells the world how to treat you.” There is something deeply unhealthy about this book. It's in the characters, in the story, in the relationships, in the sex, and just in the general mood of the novel. Reading this made me feel a little unwell, both physically and mentally, but I am glad I did. If you know me, you'll know I love complex characters with issues that feel raw and real, rather than melodramatic. The ...
  • RandomAnthony
    Last week I read the fuck out of Gillian Flynn's catalog. Three novels in eight days while my wife and kids were out of town and a sweltering late July marooned me in one of the house's two air conditioned rooms. So although this review is primarily for Sharp Objects, my favorite of Flynn's trio, let me go on record with Gone Girl (four stars, go read another of the zillion of reviews) and Dark Places (three stars, maybe too many narratives persp...
  • Alex
    Little buddy read with Her Majesty La Lionne and Jerry on January 31st!! :DThis is my third Gillian Flynn book, after Gone Girl and Dark Places. The first one blew my mind, the second one freaked me out a little and this one really scared me. Sure, after reading 5% of it I was like --a creepy story with the potential of giving me special nightmares, but by 90% I was likeWTF did I just read??All the characters were disturbing, especially even the ...
  • Simon_Cleveland_Ph.D. Simon_Cleveland_Ph.D.
    The razor blade on the front cover of the book is what one yearns for right after embarking on this read, sharp blade with which to cut every single page, one by one, until they are so neatly shredded that even the memory of what was written on them becomes non existent. And then, one can use the same razor to end one's own life. I'm still unsure what the author was thinking when she began this book, unless she had some very deep and very disturb...
  • Paquita Maria Sanchez
    Well, this was a pleasant surprise. I remember all the ruckus over Gillian Flynn a while back, and my resulting tracing (not carving) of a mental note on my palm that I should eventually read something by this gal because everybody was all in a tizzy over her wonderfulmousnessity back whenever, and I was confused by that fact based on the book descriptions alone. It all just sounded like mass market thrillers dressed up in fancy lit fic suits. Ya...
  • Tatiana
    As seen on The ReadventurerIf you ask me which words come into my mind first whenever I think of this book, my answer will be: nasty, dark, twisted, disturbing.In this rather traumatizing psychological thriller Camille Preaker, a troubled newspaper reporter, is sent to her home town to get the inside scoop on the murders of two preteen girls - both were strangled and had their teeth removed. As we follow Camille on her quest to obtain as much inf...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    *3.5/5*I felt like this book was way too slow paced for how short it was, and it sort of bugged me that the big reveal and explanation was left to the VERY end. It was like nothing nothing nothing BAM EVERYTHING. However, the ending was crazy and twisted and I loved it! I just wish that craziness had been spread out a bit, because when I finally got it, it was over too fast. Overall, a pretty good read.
  • Mohammed Arabey
    عالم النساء..معقد، متشابك، صعب فهمه..مضطهدا سواء في مجتمعا شرقيا أم غربياوهذه الرواية الكئيبة السوداوية تقتحم جانب مظلم من هذا العالمكتبتها أمرأه..تقتحم جوانب نفسية معقدة لثلاث شخصيات رئيسية من النساء بأعمار مختلفة..شخصيات قاتمة ، مظلمةقد تجد بعض ...
  • karen
    okay so i,of course, was initially drawn to this book because it has shiny cover. i am like a magpie or a raccoon or something... and then it just sat on the shelf for ages and one day i read the description of it somewhere. and it's all "whore" on her ankle and "pain" on her heart or whatever.(which is not on the back cover copy, but is right up there in the description) and i thought - "oooh you are so edgy and shocking!!" and i r...
  • Samadrita
    When I had first come across rave reviews of Gone Girl, I was bowled over by the fact that there's after all a woman who is brave enough to try her hand at a genre rarely ventured into by women writers. And apparently, she excels at it too. Surely, she couldn't have hoodwinked hordes of unsuspecting readers into giving her books such high ratings.So I had decided I'd devour Gillian Flynn's entire oeuvre starting with her first published work. Nee...
  • Rohisa
    Look at me, turning in a Gillian Flynn scholar. A reluctant one. I’ve read three Flynn's novels now in reverse order of publication. Oddly, this one, Sharp Objects, is the best of the three, in my opinion. I’m trying to damn with faint praise, here- Sharp Objects is only better because Gone Girl has that terrible ending and Dark Places is just absurdly gritty.Sharp Objects is a bit of a combination of the two. We’re in Missouri and we’re ...
  • Troy
    Terrific book, truly creepy. A page turner about a journalist going back to her tiny Missouri home town to cover the recent murders of two little girls. Gillian Flynn's writing in Entertainment Weekly has always been a notch above, and her first novel is no disappointment.What's remarkable about this book is that it focuses on some of the most damaged and interesting women I've ever seen in fiction. Strong women in fiction usually means one of th...
  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    I don't know about you, but in my opinion this is WAY better than Gone Girl, I think this one is a hidden gem. It's a lot more subtle but that's why it works more. This is one spine-chilling disturbing and dark book and I absolutely loved it. Some of the scenes in this book literally just stunned me. Very clever writing from Gillian Flynn.When two girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town ...
  • Laura
    From the first page, I felt the author had just finished a Chuck Palahniuk novel and decided she wanted to be like him when she grew up. Sentence fragments can be fun if you're in the mood for things like "A belly. A smell. He was suddenly standing next to me." (Not exact quotes, but pretty close.) I wasn't in the mood, and it was irritating. Also, I couldn't enjoy the main character. I found the scene where she was 12 years old and in someone's ...
  • Laz
    “Sometimes if you let people do things to you, you're really doing it to them.” It's freaky and twisted. It's terrifying and compelling. You'll sit down, grab the book and read it until you've reached the last page. No kiddings here. I read this in one sitting, no pause for water, no pause whatsoever. It'll creep you out and fascinate you and you'll connect with the story on many levels. I did. I connected with the character and I'm still hav...
  • Suzanne
    Finally I climbed out under my rock to read my first GF novel. I was happy I did. Camille got under my skin, zero pun intended, and I enjoyed the whole ride. Whilst graphic, I wasn’t bothered, and whilst dark this was fine too. I was impressed with the writing of this book and understand why this author has hit it off worldwide.Camille is a very troubled young woman, a mediocre journalist and a recovering cutter. Self harming herself in the mos...
  • Will Byrnes
    UPDATED - March 23, 2013 - see link at bottomCamille Preaker is a young Chicago reporter with a troubled past. When a second young girl goes missing in her home town, Wind Gap, MO, Camille’s fatherly boss sends her down to get the inside scoop. Who says you can’t go home again? Well, maybe you can, but would you really want to? There is a reason she is in Chicago, instead of Podunk, MO, and the danger for Camille lies as much with her delicat...
  • Maureen
    i'm not sure what to say about this book because while i think it reads like a bestseller should, i didn't enjoy it. the prose is compelling in that i felt compelled to finish it, and i did. i couldn't put it down but i wanted to get it over with. i think the writing is engaging but i will remember no turns of phrase, or kernels of wisdom. i can say it seemed pretty obvious to me who would turn out to be guilty of the crimes in the end, and i was...
  • Madeline
    This book was so stupid and hysterical and I loved every second of it.
  • Elyse
    I've had both "Sharp Objects" and "Dark Places" for years....but, hey, I'm slow. I picked "Sharp Objects" to read first when I heard Amy Adams is going to be the leading actress in a drama series. I wasn't expecting so much violence. This is a very dark disturbing story...........but my favorite parts were the psychological aspects of he mother/daughter relationship. When a child has a mother from hell - kinda shapes your life from the 'get-go' a...
  • Natalie Monroe
    “I just think some women aren't made to be mothers. And some women aren't made to be daughters.” I see what you did there, Gillian Flynn. Very clever. You say women are meant for motherhood? Well, let's play with that shit. Let's play with it good. My mother finally was handed the baby, and she cuddled it ferociously. [...]She pressed her lips hard against the baby's apple slice of a cheek. Then she opened her mouth just slightly, took a tin...
  • Tracy
    This was a book with little plot, going nowhere. I kept waiting for something to start up, or some past mystery to unfold/resolve, but nothing. It was just a story about cruelty and the heartlessness and boredom of women and girls living "it up" in small town Midwest. The narrator, now a Chicago reporter, returns to her hometown, Wind Gap, MO, on the tail of a young girl's disappearance. Camille, the narrator, used to cut words into her skin as t...
  • Aly's Bookish Wonderland
    It's impossible to compete with the dead. I wished I could stop trying. Here's the thing about Sharp Objects. It makes you feel dirty. Like you've been rolling around in sweat and mud for a week, and no matter how much you shower and scrub, you just cannot get rid of that dirt underneath your skin. It's every bad thought that ever crossed your mind, and every dirty secret you imagine someone could be holding on to. It's toxic.There is no way you ...
  • Theresa
    S-I-C-K. :) Gillian Flynn is a genius! I love her writing.
  • Saffron
    4 "Bleach my brain" Stars! I don't read a lot of books out of romance genre. Mostly because my brain is made of pink, fluffy stuff and unicorns and rainbows.Not really. My brain resides in the gutter that runs through the pervy alley. But still, romance is my preferred genre. I really dont know what pushed me to read this. One day I woke up in the morning and my brain screamed "READ GILLIAN FLYNN" So I did. And now I want to just read and re-read...
  • Kaylin
    1 StarOverview: I should have known better. I don’t have an excuse.I read Gillian Flynn's other book, Gone Girl, last year—and wasn’t a fan. Everyone raved about it, but I found the characters shallow, the plot twists weak and the narrative so busy being cynical it didn’t seem to know what it was trying to say. Nevertheless, I’d heard great things about Gillian Flynn’s writing. So I went into this with an open mind--- maybe I had just...
  • Vane J.
    The review is now posted. You can read it here.What I learned writing this review:-Collab reviews are NOT easy to write, seriously.-Time zones are HELL when doing these things.-Evelyn & I have different ways of putting up reviews.-I can't leave a review unfinished for more than one week. I need to write it at the most one day after reading the book.As for this book... it was great! I can't wait to start reading Dark Places. In fact, if it wasn't ...
  • Kaya
    “I just think some women aren't made to be mothers. And some women aren't made to be daughters.” This book was so good. Fast-paced, with a lot of interesting female characters, which is a rarity in modern literature, and a lot dark questions asked. While playing with morbidity and clichés, it never fails to surprise you. With a plain and direct writing style, Flynn shines brightly. A year and half after reading this, I changed my rating to ...
  • Kristijan
    Nakon čitanja Gone Girl razmišljao sam o tome da se ne vraćam romanima Gillian Flynn jer mi je dotični bio previše plitak, lako je bilo predvideti šta će se dogoditi, likovi su bili izuzetno iritantni i jednodimenzionalni i neverovatno naaaaaaapoooooorni,... Jednostavno rečeno, knjiga mi je bila očajna.A onda se na kioscima pojavilo hrvatsko izdanje ove knjige po ekstra ceni i đavo mi nije dao mira i morao sam da je kupim i pročitam. I...
  • Trudi
    Camille Preaker is haunted by childhood memories of a cold, hysterical mother and the devastating loss of her sister, Marian, who died when Camille was only 13. Literally carrying her war wounds upon her flesh, Camille is a recovering "cutter" who has carved a myriad of words into her skin as a visible record of the pain and trauma she's experienced. Having escaped from the clutches of a cloying family environment, Camille is being sent back into...