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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  209,779 ratings  ·  21,210 reviews
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-y
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ebook, 393 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by Crown Publishing Group (first published 2006)
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Ashley Fox I don't think that Sharp Objects is aimed more for women. It is more graphic than Gone Girl, but less gory than Dark Places. I read all three recently…moreI don't think that Sharp Objects is aimed more for women. It is more graphic than Gone Girl, but less gory than Dark Places. I read all three recently and I liked Dark Places best, followed by Sharp Objects, then Gone Girl. What I didn't like about Gone Girl was the fact that I knew there was a plot twist (not the fault of the author) and I guessed what it was. I was able to guess half of the ending of Sharp Objects (there was still a surprise that I didn't see coming) but with Dark Places there were so many characters and situations that I really couldn't guess what the outcome was until I read it. (less)
Ashley Fox If you are very disturbed by images and thoughts of razor blades, I would stay away from this book. The protagonist thinks a lot about cutting and…moreIf you are very disturbed by images and thoughts of razor blades, I would stay away from this book. The protagonist thinks a lot about cutting and specific instances of her cutting her own skin are described in detail. I wouldn't say that it was written in a gory way, but it is graphic.(less)
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Emily May
Dec 16, 2014 Emily May rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily May by: Tatiana
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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
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
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Simon_Cleveland_Ph.D. Simon_Cleveland_Ph.D.
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
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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
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
As seen on The Readventurer

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
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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
Raeleen Lemay
*3.5/5*

I felt like this book was way too slow paced for how short it was, and it sort of bugged me that the big reveal and explanation was left to the VERY end. It was like nothing nothing nothing BAM EVERYTHING.

However, the ending was crazy and twisted and I loved it! I just wish that craziness had been spread out a bit, because when I finally got it, it was over too fast.

Overall, a pretty good read.
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
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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
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Laz
Apr 15, 2015 Laz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thriller addicts
“Sometimes if you let people do things to you, you're really doing it to them.”


It's freaky and twisted. It's terrifying and compelling. You'll sit down, grab the book and read it until you've reached the last page. No kiddings here. I read this in one sitting, no pause for water, no pause whatsoever. It'll creep you out and fascinate you and you'll connect with the story on many levels. I did. I connected with the character and I'm still having nightmares about it.

By all accounts, this is a Gi
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Laura
Mar 29, 2015 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
Tracy
Mar 20, 2015 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
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Supreet *The Cupcake Queen*
4 "Bleach my brain" Stars!

I don't read a lot of books out of romance genre. Mostly because my brain is made of pink, fluffy stuff and unicorns and rainbows.


Not really. My brain resides in the gutter that runs through the pervy alley. But still, romance is my preferred genre. I really dont know what pushed me to read this. One day I woke up in the morning and my brain screamed "READ GILLIAN FLYNN" So I did. And now I want to just read and re-read and re-read again.


Can someone tell me why she ha
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Madeline
This book was so stupid and hysterical and I loved every second of it.
Aly∞
It's impossible to compete with the dead. I wished I could stop trying.


Here's the thing about Sharp Objects. It makes you feel dirty. Like you've been rolling around in sweat and mud for a week, and no matter how much you shower and scrub, you just cannot get rid of that dirt underneath your skin. It's every bad thought that ever crossed your mind, and every dirty secret you imagine someone could be holding on to. It's toxic.

There is no way you can read this and come out of it smiling or even,
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Natalie Monroe
“I just think some women aren't made to be mothers. And some women aren't made to be daughters.”


I see what you did there, Gillian Flynn. Very clever. You say women are meant for motherhood? Well, let's play with that shit. Let's play with it good.

My mother finally was handed the baby, and she cuddled it ferociously.

[...]

She pressed her lips hard against the baby's apple slice of a cheek. Then she opened her mouth just slightly, took a tiny bit of flesh between her teeth, and gave it a littl
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Kaya
“I just think some women aren't made to be mothers. And some women aren't made to be daughters.”

This book was so good. Fast-paced, with a lot of interesting female characters, which is a rarity these days, it bring out dark questions. While playing with morbidity and clichés, it never fails to surprise you. With a plain and direct writing style, Flynn shines brightly.

Camille, a reporter in Chicago, comes from a small town and a dysfunctional family. She lost her younger sister when she was
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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
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
Sasha elle a.k.a. Mrs. Liam Callahan!
*well fuckity fuck, fuck 5 mind boggling Nutella jars*




My word was I was blown away. I can honestly say I preferred sharp objects over gone girl any day. Now I don't know if everyone knows but I've been guilty reading for a past week we're talking 5 to 6 books at the same day, reason you ask .....LIAM 'enough said'. Now straight to the story




Our story is told in the the perspective of camille porter a reporter for a not so famous newspaper daily post in chicago, she might seem an average girl a
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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
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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
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Kristijan
Nakon čitanja Gone Girl razmišljao sam o tome da se ne vraćam romanima Gillian Flynn jer mi je dotični bio previše plitak, lako je bilo predvideti šta će se dogoditi, likovi su bili izuzetno iritantni i jednodimenzionalni i neverovatno naaaaaaapoooooorni,... Jednostavno rečeno, knjiga mi je bila očajna.
A onda se na kioscima pojavilo hrvatsko izdanje ove knjige po ekstra ceni i đavo mi nije dao mira i morao sam da je kupim i pročitam. I moram priznati da mi je drago što sam to uradio!
Ako je nekom
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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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