Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects

A Novel

Book - 2006
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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. 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.
Publisher: New York : Shaye Areheart Books, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307341549
0307341542
9780307341556
0307341550
9780525575740
Branch Call Number: MYS Flynn G
Characteristics: 254 p. ; 25 cm

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lissetzuniga
Oct 05, 2020

A well told mystery thriller keeps you guessing, great twists and turn.

pacl_teens Sep 11, 2020

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn is a brilliant psychological thriller. This book follows Camille Preaker, a reporter, who returns to her hometown to cover the murder of two young girls. Her unexpected return causes many problems in her family and hometown. After investigating the murders for a while Camille feels weirdly connected to these girls and cannot figure out why. Will she be able to solve the murder or will she be next?

This book was such an amazing and quick read! At first, this book was a little bit harder for me to get into. I thought it was a little slow so I thought I would not end up liking it very much. But, I was very wrong. I quickly fell in love with this book. After a few pages, it felt like I was in the book physically with the rest of the characters. I loved how complex and deep the characters were. They were all very unique and I had never seen characters like this before. Second, I loved the plot of this story. The author was able to write this book really well so, in the end, everything connected together perfectly. Finally, I loved the plot twist at the end of the book. I never expected it and my guess was very off from what actually happened so I think most readers will be shocked when they reach the end.

In conclusion, this is a “read in one sitting” type of thriller book. If you liked books like Someone we Know or The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena you will enjoy this book as well. -Eunchae, Grade 10

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lilpad24
Aug 30, 2020

This book was absolutely brilliant.
It was so entertaining in fact, I finished it in one day.
It's been like, a year since I've felt so excited about a book that I couldn't even set it down for a second.
Camille Preaker was someone who was completely alien to me but awfully close, which is quite funny to say about a fictional character. I understood her and related to her but for obvious reasons, she was still such a foreign being to me. I suppose that's why I was really invested in the book - for Camille.
However, the ending was quite obvious ? I've heard many people mention how unexpected the ending was but on the 100th page, I already figured everything out. So, I feel like some readers overhyped the ending when the rest of the book is just as good.
I really love Flynn's writing, it's very hooking.
Would totally recommend to any friend.

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kiml00
Aug 18, 2020

This book is dark but so well written. So many themes being explored in this book, nature vs nurture, maternal relationships, mental illness, external beauty vs internal darkness, grief and acceptance. At least these are the ones I’ve noticed and there’s probably more that I can’t remember right now. The readers could easily despite some of these characters but can also see the tragedy and pain these characters endured. Highly recommended but not for the faint of hearts.

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dmichelle
Apr 20, 2020

I was hooked from the moment I picked up this book. Having watched a few episodes of the tv series based on the book, I was interested in how the book would relate. I couldn’t put it down. It was a rollercoaster ride of a novel weaving the lives of the families of the murdered girls, Camille's own struggle with mental illness and her relationship with her estranged family and a town that’s hasn’t forgotten the legacy she left behind. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a good, well-crafted psychological thriller.

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lunabookworm55
Apr 08, 2020

This is tough because the book's tone made it so easy to read, and there were moments of creepyness that led to a reveal of something that made you think "Stop it, y'all are sick!", which is exactly what I signed up for. Also she writes female character very well. I love her characterization of higher middle class to rich women or even female characters who are in a small town mentality. I've seen people in real life that match those particular characterizations almost exactly, which made it more enjoyable to read as these dastardly ladies seemed all the more realistic. I love the subtle handling of ideas of femininity and feminism in general, she doesn't try to sway you one way or another and lets you think for yourself. The red herring was great, the dollhouse thing was creepy as heck. The main character was great except for one thing. I understand that her hometown is where she was the most self-destructive including having casual sex with people, but it seemed unlikely as she was able to get two partners in her small town and not face consequences. It just seems odd to me based on the information we are given about the characters and the town. Her relationship with the cop, I could get why it made sense in the book. But with another guy as well, a young guy in a long-term very devoted relationship? I don't buy that as much. But that's just my opinion. I think graphic sex scenes were utilized too much for our main character, not a fan of that. But the ending was creepy and pretty satisfying. I will also give kudos to the book as it takes traits that would usually make me mad about a protagonist and make me still want to read about them. The main character is a sad sack, constantly. She has little ambition, she makes excuses for herself, she's closed off and lost, not having any future goals except to do as her editor tells her to. This is all for good reason though, which is refreshing. At first, it was a running gag for me since everything freaky would be going on, and all things were uncertain except for the consistent comical mopeyness of the main character. There would be lines like "My mother always believed in the properties of lotions and balms with vitamin E, as if slathering them all over oneself would make you fresh and even flawless again. For me, it hadn't worked quite yet.". I don't know why but I found that sad but funny. This is a well-written book, I wouldn't recommend it over Gone Girl though.

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BioCook
Mar 13, 2020

What a fascinating read filled with unexpected twists towards the end! I was completely hooked through the whole story. I'm happy to have had my neighbor lend me her copy. I started reading this book not realizing that Gillian Flynn was the author of "Gone Girl," so I'm excited to work through her bibliography (I wonder if she will write more books beyond "Sharp Objects," "Dark Places," and "Gone Girl").

CCPL_Theresa Jan 08, 2020

Sharp Objects is gritty and disturbing, and will make you feel uncomfortable. The protagonist is plagued by depressive thoughts, often turning to alcohol for relief. The words carved into her skin from her cutting hum alive during her interactions with other characters. Scenes depicting a slaughterhouse, scandalous sex, and drug abuse are scattered throughout. Fast-paced, this book digs deep into Camille’s family dysfunction and the Wind Gap’s small town grim reality. Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers with extremely flawed narrators may find this novel appealing.

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sdpollitt
Nov 04, 2019

I thought this was a good read. I was interested throughout the book, but the ending became predictable.

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KatG1983
Oct 17, 2019

By far the most disturbing of Flynn's novels, Sharp Objects is terrifying and upsetting, but as always extremely well written and compelling.

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RBatchelor94
Jun 16, 2020

I just think some women aren't made to be mothers. And some women aren't made to be daughters.

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devreads
Aug 14, 2019

"I was already tired of talking, and I'd said very little."

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devreads
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"Sometimes it *is* all too loud."

britprincess1ajax Apr 21, 2016

“Sometimes if you let people do things to you, you're really doing it to them.”

britprincess1ajax Apr 21, 2016

“Bear gifts if you can’t bear anything else.”

britprincess1ajax Apr 21, 2016

“Problems always start long before you really, really see them.”

britprincess1ajax Apr 21, 2016

“A child weaned on poison considers harm a comfort.”

britprincess1ajax Apr 21, 2016

“I just think some women aren't made to be mothers. And some women aren't made to be daughters.”

britprincess1ajax Apr 21, 2016

“People got such a charge from seeing their names in print. Proof of existence. I could picture a squabble of ghosts ripping through piles of newspapers. Pointing at a name on the page. See, there I am. I told you I lived. I told you I was.”

britprincess1ajax Apr 21, 2016

"Being conflicted means you can live a shallow life without copping to be a shallow person.”

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