Hopefully my mere mortal words can do this intense, thrilling, and darkly satisfying, debut novel justice. I fell in love with Flynn’s book3.5-4 stars
Hopefully my mere mortal words can do this intense, thrilling, and darkly satisfying, debut novel justice. I fell in love with Flynn’s books after reading absorbing “Dark Places”. Her finger is on the pulse of human natures dark side, and that instantly appealed to me. This was my 2nd foray into the world of audio book courtesy “Audible.Com”. Narrated by Ann Marie Lee.
I loved Ann Marie Lee’s voice. She was the perfect Camille. I loved how she was able to portray each character’s subtle nuances and character makeup with her voice. However only Camille got a “true” voice. The other characters voices were spoken as if we were listening to them inside of Camille's head. Not always flattering. We heard them as Camille heard them, not always as they TRULY were.
Camille had a so-so job that was forcing her to return home. While investigating the disturbing deaths of 2 little girls, she also had to unearth the demons she’d rather keep in the closet. Being a good psychological thriller was just part of this book. Flynn’s look into the dark and twisted relationship between a mother and her three daughters was the show stopper here. Sometimes you can love too much.
That’s not saying the story was without flaws. It took me a hot minute or two to get into the groove of the story. I don’t know if I would of fallen into “the zone” earlier had it been in word vs. audio form, but something tells me results would have been the same. I felt the telling of the story was “choppy” at times. I also felt the scene building was lacking. I never once had a clear image of “Wind Gap”, Camille’s childhood home- a Victorian mansion where Camille’s dark side was “born”, physically Camille and her family were fuzzy in my minds eye.
Despite her blatant flaws, Camille was the type of main character I loved and rooted for through it all. Watching her unveil the truth of her youth, her sister Marian’s death, her mother and sister’s twisted dysfunction, was darkly disturbing and highly entertaining. Once the storyline got going it was a pure rush to turn each page and discover a new plot twister. Some claimed the who-dunnit was predictable. I have to politely disagree. Once I assumed all was resolved the last 2 chapters threw my assumptions under the bus! Camille facing the grim realities of her world and overcoming them was cathartic, to her and me.
“Sharp Objects” is this close to being a classic. A perfect dark and “Southern Gothic” style mystery. So much of this book was ripe for the plucking. However the author allowed this beautiful and shiny piece of fruit to over ripen on the vine. That’s how I would sum up “Sharp Objects”. Falling short of classic status due to a few small kinks in the stories armor.
this book was fabfabfabulous! if you ever want a diff perspective on the entire pro life/pro choice battle without being talked at or bored to tears rthis book was fabfabfabulous! if you ever want a diff perspective on the entire pro life/pro choice battle without being talked at or bored to tears read this! good for middle schoolers on up. will make u think, spark intelligent debate, excite and get u interested. not boring, not graphic, does not takes sides. engaging. ...more