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Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn

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Published: 31st July 2007
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WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart

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

Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle

As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims--a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

With its taut, crafted writing, "Sharp Objects" is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.

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4.0

good story AND well written?

By Martha

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      Comments about Sharp Objects:

      This book is a wonderful read. I was not distracted by bad writing, I was engaged by the plot, informed by the sad violence and felt able to relate to the central charactor despite the fact that she lives way outside my experience.

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      "A first novel that reads like the accomplished work of a long-time pro, the book draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction...Flynn's book goes deeper than your average thriller. It has all the narrative drive of a serious pop novel and much of the psychological complexity of a mainstream character study. All in all, a terrific debut."
      - Alan Cheuse, "The Chicago Tribune"
      "A compulsively readable psychological thriller that marks [a] dazzling debut...[Flynn] has written a clever crime story with astonishing twists and turns, and enough suspense for the most demanding fans of the genre. But it is the sensitive yet disturbing depiction of her heroine that makes this an especially engrossing story...Flynn's empathic understanding of her major characters leads to storytelling that is sure and true, and it marks her a write to watch."
      - "Chicago Sun-Times"
      "To say this is a terrific debut novel is really too mild. I haven't read such a relentlessly creepy family saga since John Farris's "All Heads Turn as the Hunt Goes By," and that was thirty years ago, give or take. "Sharp Objects" isn't one of those scare-and-retreat books; its effect is cumulative. I found myself dreading the last thirty pages or so but was helpless to stop turning them. Then, after the lights were out, the story just stayed there in my head, coiled and hissing, like a snake in a cave. An admirably nasty piece of work, elevated by sharp writing and sharper insights."
      - Stephen King
      "Not often enough, I come across a first novel so superb that it seems to have been written by an experienced author, perhaps with 20 earlier books to his or her credit. I'm extremely excited to discover my first debut blowout this year, a sad, horrifying book called Sharp Objects...[Flynn] is the real deal. Her story, writing and the characters will worm their way uncomfortably beneath your skin...But this is more literary novel than simple mystery, writ

      ISBN: 9780307341556
      ISBN-10: 0307341550
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 254
      Published: 31st July 2007
      Publisher: THREE RIVERS PR
      Dimensions (cm): 20.07 x 12.95  x 1.52
      Weight (kg): 0.2