Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
A Novel

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37 Critic Reviews

Sharp Objects is a gripping novel that sucks the reader into this small town mentality, where the misfit is tormented, young girls grow up too fast and the whole sorry bunch is in deep denial. Each word will sear on your skin and leave more than a lasting impression.
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Synopsis

FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF GONE GIRL

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.

 

About Gillian Flynn

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GILLIAN FLYNN is the author of the New York Times bestseller Dark Places, which was a New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorite, Weekend TODAY Top Summer Read, Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009, and a Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction choice; and Dagger Award winner Sharp Objects, which was an Edgar nominee for Best First Novel, a BookSense pick, and a Barnes & Noble Discover selection. A former writer and critic for Entertainment Weekly, her novels have been published in twenty-eight countries. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son. 
 
Published September 26, 2006 by Broadway Books. 272 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Sharp Objects
All: 37 | Positive: 30 | Negative: 7

Kirkus

Excellent
on May 20 2010

A savage debut thriller that renders the Electra complex electric, the mother/daughter bond a psychopathic stranglehold...Piercingly effective and genuinely terrifying.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Pinkbookworm on Oct 06 2015

...readers who want happy endings and a story that ends in hope and the promise of a better future for the protagonists, this isn’t one for you. However, if you do decide to take the plunge, you’re in for a journey like no other – icy, eye-opening and unforgettable.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Kathy Scovill on Nov 19 2006

Sharp Objects is a gripping novel that sucks the reader into this small town mentality, where the misfit is tormented, young girls grow up too fast and the whole sorry bunch is in deep denial. Each word will sear on your skin and leave more than a lasting impression.

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Booklist Online

Good
Reviewed by Joanne Wilkinson on Oct 31 2014

...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.

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The Bookbag

Good
Reviewed by Kerry King on Jan 01 2007

Read this if you like Michael Dibdin's Aurelio Zen novels ( Dead Lagoon and Cabal) as the twisty plots are reminiscent. You may have enjoyed Donna Leon's Fatal Remedies and if this is more your bag, then you should probably give Sharp Objects a try.

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Helium

Above average
Reviewed by Hai Shunxi on Nov 30 2012

What starts by seeming to be just one more run-of-the-mill whodunit (sub-genre "reporter becomes detective") segues sideways into a psychological thriller...

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Curled Up

Good
Reviewed by Luan Gaines on Oct 31 2014

At one point, this dance on the dark side was hardly bearable for me, Flynn proving there is no safety from some things, even for the reader. This is an impressive, disturbing tale from a fearless writer.

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Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Mar 11 2013

It’s incredibly good, though, so I can’t help but unconditionally recommend this, and everything else Gillian Flynn’s written. She has an uncanny ability to get into your head, and stay there, days and weeks after the last pages of her book are turned.

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Quick Book Reviews

Good
on Jul 07 2012

How good is the book? Well, in a nutshell, it’s pretty damn good. There aren’t too many really intriguing and grizzly mystery novels out there that can capture your attention like this one does.

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Readings

Good
Reviewed by Nina Kenwood on Jul 03 2013

If you enjoyed Gone Girl, then I encourage you to try Sharp Objects – in many ways, it’s a more complex, challenging and interesting read.

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Parental Book Reviews

Good
on Oct 31 2014

Gillian Flynn's startling debut novel is more than a murder mystery, more than a psychological thriller. It's at times wickedly funny; at times a trenchant commentary on the roles of women in our society.

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Raging Biblioholism

Above average
Reviewed by Drew on May 17 2014

Some interesting psychological feints show Flynn’s true talents – but on the whole, the novel is fitful. It never really digs in, never really manages to come alive, and instead feels somewhat more like tentative steps out into the world.

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Literate Housewife

Excellent
Reviewed by Jennifer on Feb 25 2013

More so than even Gone Girl, this is what has me yearning for more Gillian Flynn. Sharp Objects is utterly messed up. I could give it no higher praise.

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Geeky Bloggers Book Blog

Above average
Reviewed by Felicia S on Feb 07 2013

I don’t know that Gillian Flynn and I really click. I need characters that I can root for BUT she does write really twisty, turny mysteries.

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She Treads Softly Blog

Good
Reviewed by Lori L on Apr 12 2011

Gillian Flynn is a very good writer. The strength of Flynn's book is not so much in the suspense, since most readers will easily guess where the story is heading, but in the revelations that Flynn slowly discloses and in the descriptions of the small town and the people.

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Shelf Love

Below average
Reviewed by Teresa on Jun 12 2013

In Gone Girl, the main characters put on a veneer of respectability that required discipline to convey. Camille’s parents have attempted to do the same, but Flynn focuses so much on the dysfunction that we rarely glimpse the normal veneer. I liked this book, but I never quite believed it.

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The Book Stop

Below average
on Oct 18 2014

Camille is ridiculously unprofessional, and while I sympathized with her family problems and emotional issues, it’s hard to sympathize with a character who takes drugs handed to her by teenagers. For me, this book lacked the elements that made Gone Girl such a compelling read.

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My Shelf Confessions

Above average
Reviewed by Kat on Jun 27 2014

Although I didn’t enjoy Sharp Objects as much as I liked Gone Girl, I’m still a huge fan of Flynn’s style – it’s so dark, the characters are so flawed and the plots are so twisty it’s almost impossible to predict the ending.

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Women 24

Good
on May 31 2013

This book is fast paced, so you’ll get through it fairly quickly. Like her other novels, prepare to feel disturbed and uncomfortable while at the same time being unable to put it down...

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You've GOTTA Read This

Good
Reviewed by Sandy on Aug 09 2012

This is definitely a worthy read for any newly-minted Flynn fans. Very fast-paced and easy to read as well.

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From Left to Write

Excellent
on Apr 27 2012

Flynn does a fantastic job illustrating emotionally (and physically) wounded characters and weaving their worlds together in this thriller. All I could say after the last page was: WOW. A thriller needs a good satisfying conclusion and Sharp Objects did not disappoint.

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Chaotic Compendiums

Good
Reviewed by Caitlin Martin on Jun 13 2009

As a thriller this book definitely succeeds, but I think it should more aptly be categorized as horror - if only for the creeping sense of dread it instills in its reader.

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Good Book Fairy

Above average
Reviewed by Lauren Margolin on Oct 31 2014

Creepy is the first word that comes to mind after reading this book but on the other hand, I flipped the pages with the same feeling you get watching a train wreck. I was scared and wigged out, yet I couldn’t stop reading.

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Bite the Book

Good
Reviewed by Jon Page on Sep 09 2012

Gillian Flynn is a confronting, shocking and compelling writer. She has something important to say with her crime novels and she makes damn sure you don’t miss it.

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Chick Lit Plus

Excellent
Reviewed by Sandy on Jun 28 2013

I could not put this book down as I was mesmerized as what was going to happened next. I can’t say enough about this book except I loved it and I am looking forward to reading more by Gillian Flynn. It was definitely a page-turner and one that I will never forget.

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Reads 4 Pleasure

Good
on Jun 25 2012

At times I loved Camille, others I hated Camille. The same goes for Amma. With Sharp Objects, Flynn takes readers on a roller coaster ride that doesn't stop until the very last page.

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Shelah Books It

Above average
Reviewed by Shelah on Jul 26 2012

As a mystery, the story didn't really work for me. Maybe I already knew enough about the dark and devious ways that Flynn's mind works, but I had the murderer pegged almost immediately after Camille hit Wind Gap. That should have diminished my enjoyment of the novel, but it really didn't.

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The Readventurer

Good
Reviewed by Tatiana on Feb 10 2012

This is not a comfort read by any means. However I found it fascinating (in a I-can't-stop-watching-this-train-wreck way) and hard to put down.

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My Friend Amy

Above average
Reviewed by Amy on Dec 20 2013

...a refreshing break IMO from men being violent towards women and takes the issue of violence against women in a whole different direction.

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Swamp of Boredom

Good
on Oct 12 2012

...just when you think you have the story figured out, Flynn pulls the rug out from under you. And, you love it. At least I did. Then I realized how much more disturbing the twist is then the resolution I thought of...

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Izzy Reads

Above average
Reviewed by IzzyReads on Feb 09 2013

Sharp Objects is a fast and compelling read — perhaps not as polished as Gone Girl, but worth a look.

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Raging Bibliomania

Excellent
Reviewed by Zibilee on Nov 27 2012

This is not a book for the weak of stomach. Its debauchery is flagrant and vividly powerful. It’s a story that I can’t forget, and a tale that gave me the sweats while I was reading it.

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My Cup and Chaucer Blog

Above average
on Nov 24 2012

Dark Places and Gone Girl are stronger novels, but Sharp Objects is worth the read if you are a Flynn fan and need a dose of her gritty-yet-somehow-delicate content.

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ConcertKatie

Good
on Oct 07 2012

...the ending of this book was a lot more satisfying than the ending of Gone Girl. I very much so enjoyed the book and hope that Dark Places is just as good.

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Material Witness Blog

Excellent
on Dec 27 2006

It is scarcely believable that this is the work of a first novellist, so accomplished is it in every facet of the writing. Characterisation, dialogue, context, backdrop and story-telling are all first class.

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Ashley's Book Nook

Above average
Reviewed by Ashley on Sep 19 2012

The saving grace of this book was the sheer suspense of “who-done-it,” which is why I ended up giving it 3 stars. If you want a dark, shocking novel that is incredibly disturbing at times, check out Sharp Objects; but if your skin is crawling half way through, don’t say I didn’t warn you…

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Readspace

Good
Reviewed by Susan on Jul 19 2010

The slow discovery of current facts combined with the memory of past events lead to a train wreck of an ending from which you won’t be able to turn away.

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