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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects

by Gillian Flynn

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I was told I wouldn't hate this one like I did Gone Girl. and I didnt. but I didnt like it either. twisted and sick. I hated every time Camille made bad choices and even knowing all the reasons she did, didnt make feel sorry for her. depressing read filled with unlikable characters. ( )
  mfabriz | Jun 26, 2017 |
Damn. ( )
  xholocene | Jun 25, 2017 |
Well I finished this book a long time ago but got too busy to update and review.

I chose this book because I read and liked gone girl. And I liked sharp objects as well. Enjoy flynns writing style, storylines and characters.

Now got to get busy reading to reach my goal by the end of the year!!!

  sarahjvigen | Mar 23, 2017 |

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.

Having said all that, I enjoyed Gone Girl and I'm currently reading Dark Places and so maybe I do like reading about emotionally disturbed people.
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  janb37 | Feb 13, 2017 |
Camille, a newspaper reporter for a second-string Chicago paper, is dispatched to rural Missouri to cover the case of a missing pre-teen. The residents of Wind Gap, which also happens to be Camille's own hometown, are understandably on edge after another young girl was found murdered only a year prior and Camille, without much of a travel budget, is forced to crash with her estranged and eccentric family. Despite the odd dynamics in both lodging and her own local history, Camille immediately sets to work talking with detectives and local residents for her stories as they all attempt to solve the mystery.

I appear to be in the minority in not caring much for this book at all. While the story itself was just mediocre, the more serious problem is that the protagonist was shallow, unlikable, and had a habit of making colossally poor choices. ( )
1 vote ryner | Jan 27, 2017 |
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My sweater was new, stinging red and ugly.
“The photo showed a dark-eyed girl with a feral grin and too much hair for her head. The kind of girl who’d be described by teachers as a ‘handful.’ I liked her.”
“Sometimes I think illness sits inside every woman, waiting for the right moment to bloom. I have known so many sick women all my life. Women with chronic pain, with ever-gestating diseases. Women with conditions. Men, sure, they have bone snaps, they have backaches, they have a surgery or two, yank out a tonsil, insert a shiny plastic hip. Women get consumed. Not surprising considering the sheer amount of traffic a woman’s body experiences.”
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Reporter Camille Preaker tries to unravel the truth of her own troubled past as she returns to her hometown to investigate the murders of two preteen girls.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0307341550, Paperback)

As loyal Entertainment Weekly subscribers, we have been fans of Gillian Flynn for her smart, funny, and spot-on reviews of books, movies, and TV, but we were not prepared for her stunning debut novel Sharp Objects, a wickedly dark thriller that Stephen King calls a "relentlessly creepy family saga" and an "admirably nasty piece of work." We're calling it a cross between Twin Peaks and Secretary--sinister, sexy, and stylish. Perfect fall reading. --Daphne Durham

10 Second Interview: A Few Words with Gillian Flynn

Q: Do you prefer writing novels or reviewing?
A: I think writing is more pure--and actually a bit easier for me. It's just me and my laptop, not me and my laptop and a TV show that 30 people have worked on. Reviewing keeps you sharp--I can hardly watch or read anything without taking notes now--but plain old writing I find actually relaxing.

Q: Do think your writing is influenced more by books that you have read, or shows/movies that you have seen?
A: My mom spent her career as a reading teacher and my dad is a retired film professor, so I was really steeped in both books and movies growing up. To this day, when I get my dad on the phone, pretty much his first sentence is "Seen anything good lately?" I love putting words together (I've never met a simile I didn't like), but when I write I often think in "scenes"--I want these two people, in a dirty bar, with this song playing in the background.

Q: I hear you are working on your second book...is it is too early to ask what it's about?
A: I'm still playing around with the whole plot--when I wrote Sharp Objects, I wasn't even sure who the killer was for a bit. But I can say [the new book] has to do with family loyalty, false memories, a wrenching murder trial, and a dash of good 'ole 1980s hair metal and devil worship.

Q: What is your writing process like? Have you changed anything about how you work since your first book?
A: My writing process is incredibly inefficient, and hasn't changed between books. I really don't outline: I know basically how I want the story to start, and vaguely how I want it to end (though like I said, with Sharp Objects even that changed!). Then I just write: Some characters I start finding more interesting, some less. I write entire swaths that I pretty much know I'll cut. I have an entire file of "deleted scenes." I guess the one thing that has physically changed is I moved into a new place since my first book--it has a great bathtub, and I'll prop my laptop up and write in the bath for hours. Which is, admittedly, weird.

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Returning to her hometown after an eight-year absence and a short stay at a psychiatric hospital to investigate the murders of two girls, reporter Camille Preaker is reunited with her neurotic mother and enigmatic, thirteen-year-old half-sister as she works to uncover the truth about the killings.… (more)

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