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Patrick Brown
Feb 09, 2013 Patrick Brown rated it really liked it
While not the surging masterpiece that Gone Girl is, Sharp Objects is still a brilliant character study. As a mystery, it's fairly flaccid, but there are so many memorable and satisfying characters here that it's well worth the read. I most enjoyed the unsettling and (I assume) very realistic portrayal of teenage sexuality and its destructive possibilities, both to the self and to others.

I also really loved reading a female protagonist who was free to fail, to flail, and to fuck up with abandon.
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JanB
Feb 04, 2013 JanB rated it liked it


2.5 stars
It’s all me. The rating doesn’t reflect the skill of the author or the merits of the book. I think it was "good" and well-written but my mind went into self-preservation mode and I promptly forgot the plot after finishing the book. I had to remind myself by reading the book description. I really don’t enjoy dark depressing psychological stories that revolve around childhood abuse. I get dragged down emotionally and feel depressed afterwards.

I’m not sure I can ever eat pork again either.
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Terri
Oct 03, 2012 Terri rated it really liked it
What a dark and twisted book. What effed up characters. Even though I figured it out pretty early on, I still wanted to read the entire thing to se how it would end. How people can become so damaged it's fascinating to me. And man were these characters all seriously damaged. Anyway, I think I liked this one the best.
Natalie
Sep 10, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing
I just read all three of Gllian Flynn's books.read this, her first written, last. And I think it was my favorite. Uncompromisingly dark and twisted, yet intriguing. I felt like I knew what was coming but didn't know it was going to get there. Very satisfying and thought-provoking, plus a quick read.
Erin
Aug 13, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
After tearing through Gone Girl I had to read more. We had this one at the library so I took it home and quickly devoured it over the weekend. I am now waiting for my copy of Dark Places to arrive and am so excited. Sharp Objects is a great, dark story about family that took me on a crazy roller coaster ride. As I said about Gone Girl, I felt manipulated throughout the entire book and loved it!
Pat
May 30, 2015 Pat rated it really liked it
Having read Flynn's "Gone Girl" first and being a member of the Loved It/Hated the Ending Club, I wasn't sure what to expect with her debut novel. This is a disturbing and compelling story with twists plots and twisted characters. Rather surprised it hasn't been adapted to film yet as it would appeal to those who are fans of suspense/mystery/psychological thrillers.
Rachel
Oct 17, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it
This was one of those books that got to me to the visceral level. There were moments where I felt truly sick to just read through this. The way Flynn is able to articulate the harsh and emotional response from both the antagonist as well as her mother is a hard relationship to swallow.

All around great book, but I thoroughly enjoyed Gone Girl more than Sharp Objects.
Michelle
Sep 07, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, fiction
Flynn has a knack for writing about damaged women and the bad choices they make. And that knack just makes you keep turning the pages. Even though I figured out who the villains were (yes, there are more than one) in advance, that didn't make me enjoy the book any less. Like the title of the book, Flynn's prose is sharp and invigorating.
Selby Bateman
Sep 26, 2012 Selby Bateman rated it really liked it
This is the first novel from Gilliam Flynn, who has been TV critic for Entertainment Weekly. It's what has to be called a riveting read. A plot that moves relentlessly, characters that ring true, and plenty of hooks that keep the reader deeply engaged. Kudos! A "dark" novel, with characters who have problems. I look forward to Gone Girl, her latest.
Hanako
Jun 24, 2013 Hanako rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Disturbing, most definitely disturbing. Nicely written and a great page turner. Worst thing about it was just that I had to keep reading...stayed up too late, invented reasons to push my kids in the stroller so I could read more... :)
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Jun 30, 2013 Gemma rated it it was amazing
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Aug 26, 2013 Sandy rated it it was ok
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