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
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.
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
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
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
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
--a creepy story with the potential of giving me special nightmares,
but by 90% I was like
WTF did I just read??
All the characters were disturbing,
Allow me to start with Camille. She's a...more
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 disappointment I'm...more
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
"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.
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
The story moves along quickly and Flynn has a flair for insights and details. I liked he...more
The book's fine for what it is, though a bit sloppily edited, as this type of novel tends to be. With al...more
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Bleak, dark and depressing. First thing that needs to be said is you have probably never come across a female character like Camille. Camille is very cold and detached which makes is hard to connect with her and in turn the book. Although if this is embraced and understood and you try to empathize with Camille this is a very enjoyable read. I liked watching the car crash that is her mental stability.....as cruel as that sounds it was...more
He says: "Gillian Flynn is the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with a knack for the macabre."
Stephen King's blurb about this book says: "I found myself dreading the last thirty pages or so but was helpless to stop turning them."
I almost gave this book 5 stars since I was so involved in this great page-turner. It isn't a light read, pretty heavy stuff, but the writing was excellent and the character development great. The plot's ten...more
The characters give you chills. Beautiful, rich.. and severely messed up in the worst psychological ways. Again, as in Dark Places, the characters were thoroughly unlikeable. Flynn always does a good job at creating people that rub yo...more
At first, I was drawn in by the quick pace and clever writing, the convicing voice of the main character, and intrigued by the mystery....until page 90 when what was happening became clear and then I kept reading just to see how long it would take the narrator to figure it out. Most of the truth unravels or she finally admits what becomes clear she has known and been in denial of, at a painfully slow and selfdes...more
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
In “Sharp Objects,” we meet Camille, a Chicago newspaper reporter, who is sent back to her hometown in southern Missouri to report on the murder of two preteen girls. We also learn about her dysfunctional family, each bizarre character sharply d...more
Recently, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl has gotten a lot of buzz. My husband, a psychologist, and bookaholic friend Jeana, a social worker, have read all of her books and have had good things to say…especially about the mental health status of the characters. Intrigued, I borrowed hubby’s e-book of Sharp Objects and gave it a whirl.
I won’t lie. At first, I had a very difficult time getting into this book. Flynn has a very distinct style of writing with des...more
Critics agree that Gillian Flynn's psychological thriller and murder mystery is a far more sophisticated offering than a debut novel has any right to be. Flynn, the Chicago-based television critic for Entertainment Weekly, paints a clever, sensitive, and scathing portrait of small-town America__"Wind Gap truly is the home town from hell," notes the Washington Post__while portraying a convincing heroine consumed by violence, past and present. Flynn's vivid prose captures human foibles perfectly....more
There are characters in this book that are gruesome. So. Very. Gruesome. (view spoiler)[The party scene + Camille getting drunk and passed out with her thirteen year old sister was just the pits. Like, I just couldn't process what in the entire f**k that was about. No, seriously. The s...more
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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