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The Novels of Gillian Flynn: Sharp Objects, Dark Places

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"Gillian Flynn is the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with a knack for the macabre." —Stephen King

This collection, available exclusively as an ebook, brings together the first two novels of Gillian Flynn, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Gone Girl. In Sharp Objects, Flynn’s debut novel, a young journalist returns home to cover a dark assig
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Published July 31st 2012 by Crown Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2012)
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Trey Pearce There is no specific order in which they should be read as they are not connected in any way.

If you want to read them in publication order then it is…more
There is no specific order in which they should be read as they are not connected in any way.

If you want to read them in publication order then it is Sharp Objects, Dark Places, then Gone Girl.(less)
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I don't even know what to say. I regret reading two of Flynns books back to back. I feel like I need therapy now.
This is Gillian Flynn's chilling debut novel, set in the small suffocating town of Wind Gap. Camille returns to her home town on a journalistic assignment to cover two child murders for her Chicago paper. The penetrating descriptions of the town and its inhabitants create an atmosphere at once surreal and menacing. However the chief success of the book lies in the exploration of destructive family relationships. Flynn has a talent for injecting unease into her narratives, never allowing her read ...more
This book was dark and very troubling, but I enjoyed it. A little disappointed at the end, but still happy I read it. At multiple points in the book I wondered how it was possible that a story like this occurs in someone's imagination.
OMG! I have read all three of these novels by Gillian Flynn and I must say that they are some of the best stories I've read in my life. First of all, I accidentally read them in reverse starting with Gone Girl, then Dark Places and Sharp Objects, but if I had to list an order of my favorite to least favorite it would be: Gone Girl (Can't wait for the movie), Sharp Objects (which I finished today) and then Dark Places. It's hard to write good reviews without spoilers so I'll just be as basic and ...more
Liz Jurado
I loved both of these novels. I preferred Sharp Objects, as I can understand addiction so could better relate to Camille Preaker. I had to devour these books as did not want to stay in the "dark places" too long. All her books are twisted, and even when I thought I knew "whodunit" I was mistaken. Not light hearted reading, but absolutely fabulous!
Becky Moser
Whew! Both of these are so dark! but still, excellent reads. I didn't figure out the "whodunit" on Dark Places.
I tried to give these books a 3.5 rating, but apparently that isn't possible. I enjoyed Sharp Objects more, although when I reflect upon them both, I think the plot and twists of Dark Places are better. Maybe because I read them back to back and was getting tired of Flynn's uber-dysfunctional families?
Flynn really is a master of the psychological thriller, with evocative writing that backs up her Byzantine plots.
Tiffany Daniels
This book , this book is crazy! I loved every minute of it! It goes down deep, you get into the nitty gritty of marriage. It shows that you might truly not know someone. Its based on a kidnapping for which the husband is blamed for of course. Don't they always suspect the husband? After all they are the ones who are suppose to know their wife the best! Every time I thought I had figured something out in this book, I was wrong, or misguided. There's a lot of twists and I for sure thought I knew w ...more
Rebecca Dunbar

Well - flew through the book, very readable and fast-paced. But also very dark, not for the faint-hearted (me) .... In desperate need of a Disney fix if I'm to have any chance of sleeping tonight.
Preferred Gone Girl, as it was more polished and slick.
Very disappointed with this book. I picked it up with high expectations as I enjoyed Gone Girl so much. The "mystery" in this story was very easy to guess and the characters were easy to care about.
I Read Sharp Objects first followed by Dark Places. I really liked Sharp Objects, and I liked Dark Places but for some reason found it harder to get through than Sharp Objects and Gone Girl. I didn't like the premise as much I guess, and the animal cruelty was sickening. I understand it fueled the story line, but it was really hard to read and I'm not squeamish. I guess when it comes to murder I'm OK but senseless animal cruelty/murder I'm not! Not sure what that says about ME though! The story ...more
All three books were fast paced and filled with evil that is unimaginable. I appreciated that they weren't formulaic in that by the third, there were still surprises. One thing that really aggravated me were a couple of glaring (to me) mistakes that probably someone not from Missouri wouldn't notice: in Dark Places, one character in Kansas City told another to "drive west on I70 to Columbia"... That would be a drive east. Then in Sharp Objects, the FBI guy was brought in from Kansas City; if you ...more
Luckily I read "Gone Girl" first, and I did like it very much. It was so fresh and mind-boggling. After reading "Sharp Objects" and then starting and refusing to continue "Dark Places," my opinion is that Flynn was ramping up to the quality of "Gone Girl." The characters in "Sharp Objects" were just simply unbelievable, and I found myself very upset with the choices Camille was making. Hard to be sympathetic towards her, but I figured I should soldier on and finish it. Ending was supposed to be ...more
I liked 'sharp objects' better than 'dark places' but still liked both books. Very dark stories but interesting
Out of all three of her books I've read, this one was my favorite. So many twist and turns.
Her style "recipe" holds true in these two books and are just as enjoyable as Gone Girl.
Libby Howard
Both dark and twisted but in a can't stop reading kind of way.
Keith Jones
Sharp Objects

I don’t think there’s a single person in Sharp Objects who isn’t seriously screwed-up, and I don’t mean run-of-the-mill screwed-up. I mean these people have problems. Make you want to put the book down and walk away problems. The book isn’t really about the mystery. I had that figured out round about chapter two. The killer was my second choice, by the way, because the red-herring was just more believable. I mean, sure, I can follow who the killer is from a plot-logic point-of-view,
Started July 23rd 2014 with Dark Places as Sharp Objects might be the BOTM August 2014 read of the Goodreads-Group Psychological Thrillers.
Hopefully I will have finished Dark Places until then.
Well, Sharp Objects did not become the BOTM read.
But I finished Dark Places July 30th, 2014. Nearly tl;dr. The different POVs where expertly concluded, with me guessing the whole time what might have happened at the night of the massacre - and guessing wrong (mostly). The twists up to the conclusion where
This starts off captivating the reader into the life of Camille and her relatable character. Camille is a journalist of a small time paper and is sent back to her hometown, when it appears that their maybe a serial killer on the loose killing little girls. The weird thing about the string of murders is that the children are not sexually abused, their teeth are pulled and then they are strangled to death. Also the first two murders are over a year apart.

Because it is a small town, the people who
Gillian Flynn is by far my favorite author. Her characters all have a darkness to them, which I find much more engaging than reading about pristine, unrealistic characters. She always adds twists and turns to her writing, making her books absolute page-turners! Gone Girl, Dark Places, and Sharp Objects, are all so real and raw. I hope she writes more books, in the future, because I will be sure to buy them!
Read Gone Girl first...was recommended. She has a great way with dysfunctional to read about... DON'T want to ever meet anyone like her characters though. Her books read well. Favorite was Dark Places. Didn't care for how she ended Gone Girl but in an after thought that's most likely how it would end in real life.
Sharp Objects is really creepy, though I liked Gone Girl better. In SO, Camille is a beginning newspaper reporter in Chicago, sent home to the small farming town she was brought up in, to get facts about the murders of two young teen girls. Camille has a problem with cutting herself, and once we get to know her family she stays with as she tries to find clues to the mysteries, we begin to realize something is seriously wrong with Camille's family and the people in her old home town. It's a very ...more
This author continues to pull the reader in, the story winding around central characters who are oddly related. I like the author and the quick, easy style reading created. Endings are not the strength, but character development and insight into their thoughts. I feel we can all relate to something being experienced in the fictional lives.
All three of these books are suspenseful, and just enough darkness to make you feel like you're indulging in dark horror without being grotesque. loved them all and I can't wait for more from Gillian Flynn.
Krista G
Dear Gillian, can you please write a character that people like?! I enjoy the story line of these books but am distracted by my strong dislike I have for everyone in the book.
This is an awesome story, just like "Gone Girl" and "Sharp Objects". Gillian is brilliant. You will not want to stop reading this book. Hope Gillian writes another novel soon!!!
This author has a very eery style of writing. Every person in the book is in some way unlikable. Even so, it was a page turner. It kept me guessing until the end.
Overrating this one as I liked the first a lot - real sense of place and pretty dark. The second good but the end a bit over the top. A good page turner with few likeable characters
Shannon Shick
Very good!

very good, kept me guessing, who would have thought it would have turned out that way? can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
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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
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