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Sharp Objects: A Novel (edition 2007)

by Gillian Flynn

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Title:Sharp Objects: A Novel
Authors:Gillian Flynn
Info:Broadway (2007), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 254 pages
Collections:Your library, Audio
Rating:****
Tags:Mystery, Audio

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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

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This is Gillian Flynn's first novel, and my second favorite (out of a total of three). This one was a thrilling read, and creepy as hell for its psychological accuracy. I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could. ( )
  dysmonia | Apr 15, 2014 |
An interesting tale with a protagonist readers will be conflicted to like or hate. ( )
  KWellnotGood | Apr 14, 2014 |
Well, I was convinced that I had the book figured out from about 30 pages in. In the last 20 pages, I felt silly for thinking I was so smart. A sharp book with breezy but beautiful language, compelling characters, and a great twist. ( )
  thereaderscommute | Apr 13, 2014 |
Well, I was convinced that I had the book figured out from about 30 pages in. In the last 20 pages, I felt silly for thinking I was so smart. A sharp book with breezy but beautiful language, compelling characters, and a great twist. ( )
  thereaderscommute | Apr 13, 2014 |
This book is a total page turner and very well written. I would read anything by Gillian Flynn, she's that good. I love her cunning, sick and evil characters, how she works them in to everyday situations with everyday people and how the manipulations are so sly. Great stuff from a very talented writer. ( )
  erinclark | Apr 8, 2014 |
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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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