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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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ebook, 640 pages
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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Corinne
May 25, 2013 Corinne rated it it was ok
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.
Kayla
Sep 09, 2014 Kayla rated it it was amazing
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
Romily
Apr 07, 2013 Romily rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
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
Chrissy
Jan 16, 2013 Chrissy rated it really liked it
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.
Karen
Apr 20, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
Her best book...very disturbing...loved it
Kristen
May 19, 2015 Kristen rated it it was ok
These books do not have bad plot lines - they are actually quite creative and each could have lent itself to a novel that was truly above bar. However, both books entirely fall apart in the delivery. Sorry GF, but the writing just isn't there in either story. I'd definitely give Sharp Objects the edge between the two, but I could have lived without ever picking either up.
Liz Jurado
Apr 18, 2013 Liz Jurado rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 20, 2012 Becky Moser rated it it was amazing
Whew! Both of these are so dark! but still, excellent reads. I didn't figure out the "whodunit" on Dark Places.
Kelly Cole
Gone Girl her best. I was not overly fond of Sharp Objects in the least. Just didn't have the climatic tone Gone Girl and Dark Places did.
Brooke
May 23, 2015 Brooke rated it really liked it
I read both separately, not jointly bound as a collection, which I liked better. Both psychologically engaging, and I think do more when separated, as they contain very different stories and characters. I reviewed Dark Places separately, so I will briefly respond to Sharp Objects. Probably one of the strongest and most intriguing group of characters I have ever read. There is so much depth to each of them. However, this is the most graphic Flynn novel by far, and many times I felt sick to my sto ...more
Diana
Feb 08, 2013 Diana rated it really liked it
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
Dec 08, 2014 Tiffany Daniels rated it it was amazing
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
May 27, 2013 Rebecca Dunbar rated it liked it
SHARP OBJECTS;

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.
Bonnie
Dec 31, 2012 Bonnie rated it did not like it
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.
Sara
Mar 05, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it
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
Jennifer
Nov 02, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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
Jill
Jan 29, 2014 Jill rated it it was ok
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
Linda
Dec 27, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
I liked 'sharp objects' better than 'dark places' but still liked both books. Very dark stories but interesting
Bri
Apr 16, 2013 Bri rated it really liked it
Out of all three of her books I've read, this one was my favorite. So many twist and turns.
Carollyn
Nov 03, 2013 Carollyn rated it it was amazing
Her style "recipe" holds true in these two books and are just as enjoyable as Gone Girl.
Libby Howard
Aug 13, 2012 Libby Howard rated it really liked it
Both dark and twisted but in a can't stop reading kind of way.
Siobhan
Mar 27, 2016 Siobhan rated it really liked it
Gillian Flynn shot into our lives through Gone Girl. It took me forever but in the end, I did jump on the bandwagon. I enjoyed it… right up until the end. The ending to the book was a disappointment for me. Wanting to see if her two other books would have a more satisfying ending I picked them up when I found them on offer. Unfortunately, these books had the same effect upon me.

In short, I find Gillian Flynn wonderful right up until the end. As it stand, though, she has yet to write an ending I’
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Keith Jones
Dec 08, 2014 Keith Jones rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Ingo
Aug 30, 2014 Ingo rated it really liked it
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
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Roxane
Oct 30, 2013 Roxane rated it really liked it
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
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Marion
Apr 01, 2015 Marion rated it really liked it
This book captured and held my attention through out. I was genuinely surprised by the twist which, as an avid mystery reader, doesn't happen too often. I am glad the ending was not all neat and tidy and left what might happen next to the readers imagination. I have read Ms. Flynn's other two novels and have enjoyed the dark and sinister elements she inserts to give her characters depth and a better understanding for the reader.
Omgitsmaryclaire
Sep 17, 2014 Omgitsmaryclaire rated it it was amazing
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!
Leslie
Definitely twisted

I picked this set up after watching Dark Places because I had enjoyed reading Gone Girl. Both of these stories excel in the twisted women category for sure. I enjoyed the unexpected twists, even the ones that weren't that unexpected. It was difficult to put down, even knowing how Dark Places ended. I definitely cannot wait for more from Gillian Flynn.
Marcia
Jan 30, 2015 Marcia rated it it was amazing
Read Gone Girl first...was recommended. She has a great way with dysfunctional relationships...fun 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.
Carey Hughes
Full of suspense!

This book kept me trying to figure it out from the first page to nearly the last. Some very grotesque scenes. Definitely for mature audiences. Would have liked to see more of Diane. Other than that...amazing read!
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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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