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WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since s...more
Trade Paperback, 254 pages
Published July 31st 2007 by Three Rivers Press (CA) (first published January 1st 2006)
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Emily May
May 06, 2014 Emily May rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily May by: Tatiana

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 people in this novel are majorly fucked up, no one is without a dark past and everyone, it seems, has a horror story.

T...more
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 perspectives and too willing to wallow in the muck) as...more
Tatiana
Jun 08, 2010 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of all things disturbing
Recommended to Tatiana by: Rachel Michaux
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If 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 information as possible about the crimes, we learn mu...more
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 know, the stuff of mediocre books which sometimes...more
Alex
Little buddy read with Her Majesty La Lionne and Jerry on January 31st!! :D

This 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
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--a creepy story with the potential of giving me special nightmares,

but by 90% I was like
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WTF did I just read??

All the characters were disturbing, especially even the children.

Allow me to start with Camille. She's a...more
Simon Cleveland
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 disturbing mental issues to work through.

This book is da...more
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 goodreads.com description) and i thought - "oooh you are so edgy and shocking!!" and i rolled my eyes and figured i would just never read...more
Troy
Jun 28, 2007 Troy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
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 three things:

1) Ass-kickers in fantastic outfits tha...more
Laura
Dec 04, 2013 Laura rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chuck Palahniuk fans
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 hunting shed, full of dead, bloody animals and por...more
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.

Needless to say, that it is with obvious disappointme...more
Tracy
Oct 16, 2013 Tracy rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like reading about cruel girls
Recommended to Tracy by: a co-worker
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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 right. all of the characters in this book except...more
Will Byrnes
UPDATED - March 23, 2013 - see link at bottom

Camille 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 delicate psychological state, a product of her childhood, as...more
Arah-Lynda
Shudder!

This is one seriously disturbing, creepy, little story, cut with a gothic edge.

It is also the second Gillian Flynn I have read and it is true, I believe her books are best read blind.
This one I delved into with next to no knowledge of the story. Perfect.

With Camille Preaker, Flynn gives us an unlikely heroine and a narrator to care about. Camille told me this story, deftly uncovering the details of creep over time. This effectively left me unsure that I even wanted to know more and quite...more
Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
4 Haunting and Deeply Disturbing Stars

“Safer to be feared than loved.”


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Sometimes we forget who we are. But other times we don't really know who we are. We never did.

Sick kids of sicker parents, neurosis and cruelty are diseases that corrupt and erode everything that stands in their way. Secrets upon secrets, mouths closed and eyes that turn blind. Beauty and money have a way to smooth the rough edges, but razor sharp objects tear the layers and let all the puss ooze free from wounds that will ne...more
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 the cauldron, this time as a reporter for a secon...more
Regina
Dec 04, 2013 Regina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like psychological thrillers, flawed characters, and stories of disturbing family life.
Recommended to Regina by: Tatiana G.
I love a good psychological thriller with disturbingly flawed characters and this book did not disappoint. The main character is a woman struggling to make a life for herself, fleeing her childhood and really, fleeing her mother when she is sent back to her home town as an investigative reporter. She is tasked to report on the gruesome murders of two pre-teen girls, but in the process she gets put right back in the middle of her messed up family dynamics, her small town’s social structure, and a...more
twelvejan [Alexandria]
4 mindfucking stars!

[WARNING: There may be spoilers! Well, it's not major, but it'll definitely assuage the thrill of a Gillian Flynn work. And gripping intensity is what we're after in a thriller.]

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Mindfucked.


I wanted to be Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games - to have her fierceness, her determination, her allegiance to District 12. I wanted to be a witch like Hermione Granger - to have abundance knowledge, to live in a magical world, to flick my wand and summon my broomstick. I wanted to be...more
Dorsi
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 auth...more
9 3/4
Jun 07, 2013 9 3/4 rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I did a little buddy read for this with Alex & La Lionne !

Disturbing, nasty, violent, genius.

I have heard great things about Gillian Flynn so I was excited to read this. Among the things that I have heard about her though was also the fact that her books were very violent. And this book really is. It is shocking, it is violent, it is dark but it is also amazingly clever.

It kept me awake till the late hours. Flynn is one of the most ingenious authors I have ever read. She unfolds her clever...more
Hannah
The more I think about this book, the more it bothers me. It's maddening that Flynn is a truly good writer. When I say good, I mean that I could not put this nauseating, disingenuous piece of shit down, even though I really wanted to.

Clearly Flynn could have written a very good book. Instead of reaching for art, she reached for sales, and she got them. She also got raves from Stephen King and several other popular writers who, like him, used the adjective "nasty" to praise the book. Apparently...more
Noran Miss Pumkin
This book I can relate to in funny ways. I live in the Chicagoland portion of Indiana--we as known as the lost county "Lake". We know all about Chi-town happening/sports, then who/what/where is going on the "Cross Roads of the Nation"-state motto. Second, I work at an Er with Psych services--so I can relate to the characters and their issues. Mental and drug/alcohol/loose sex. Finally I helped moved a friend decades ago to a small town, out in farmland USA--teaching me about a new culture I was...more
Daniel
Mystery-thriller "Sharp Objects" is a perfectly serviceable vacation read -- a page-turner well-suited for a couple sessions by the pool, and then immediately forgetten. Gillian Flynn's novel is the kind of book that gets a glowing blurb from Stephen King, and seems written by a television critic. (King's praise indeed fills the back cover, and Flynn's head TV critic for Entertainment Weekly.)

The book's fine for what it is, though a bit sloppily edited, as this type of novel tends to be. With al...more
Diane
I picked up this first novel by Gillian Flynn because I was so blown away by her thriller, "Gone Girl." "Sharp Objects" tells the story of Camille, a reporter investigating two dead girls in a small Missouri town. Police think the girls may have been the victims of a serial killer. But the book is also the story of Camille's disturbing and dysfunctional family, who live in the town where the murders happened.

The story moves along quickly and Flynn has a flair for insights and details. I liked he...more
Lou
Stephen King was right when he mentioned you would remember some dark moments of the novel.It was a gripping read and you will get a shock when you find out the identity of the perpetrator of the crimes . A troubled reporter is sent to seek out a story about murder of some girls in her home town. Shes trying to keep on the straight and narrow and not inflict pain on herself but just the idea of being back home amongst the past and present is a struggle, is there space on her body to inflict more...more
La-Lionne
4.5 stars.

"There are two kinds of serial killers as far as the victim is concerned: the kind that you don't see before they pounce on you and the kind you see and don't expect to pounce on you."

- Pat Brown -


The story is about a crime journalist, Camille. She travels back to her home town to write an article about the murders of two girls.
It's a small town, population 2000. Most of people there have know each other since childhood and no one believes that the killer could be one of the locals.
C...more
Kelly
Much more lurid and cartoony than Gone Girl, though in a similar true-crime, small-town way. A clear first novel where the talent is evident in throwaway sentences and conceptual ideas that aren't as developed as they should be. The villains are monsters from a horror movie, though I appreciated the complex, noir-like fucked-up main character choice. There aren't that many female characters in a story like this that get to be this messed up and not okay and morally grey and still be the protagon...more
Scott Rhee
When it’s revealed that the protagonist of Gillian Flynn’s debut novel, “Sharp Objects” is a cutter---a girl with a pathological need to scar her body with cuts---it’s actually the LEAST disturbing part of the story. Up to that point, so many other horrible things have happened to the protagonist that one can almost understand why she does it. Almost.

I think men may have a harder time digesting this novel than women, mainly because it’s dealing with issues that most men don’t understand, if they...more
Hunger For Knowledge
For awhile I've been wanting to read something from Gillian Flynn, maybe due to the massive hype and fuzz going around the authors work, but instead reading the much loved and hated "Gone Girl" I decided to go with Flynn's debut novel.

"Sharp Objects" is not just a murder mystery but a story of women's cruelty. It's a story of twisted mother-daughter relationship and its devastating affects on the human psyche. A story of the sister envy and the universal school culture where looks and popularity...more
Jeanette

Happiness is a warm blade (cut, cut, slice, slice).

Now I understand why some Gillian Flynn fans were disappointed by Gone Girl. They were hoping for something more sick-making like this one. I can go with 2.5 stars because it's well written, but it's too queasifying to rate any higher.
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Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. She has so far written three novels, Sharp Objects, for which she won the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller; Dark Places; and her best-selling third novel Gone Girl.

Her book has received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. The dark plot revolves around a serial killer in a Mi...more
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