Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects 5

This family isn't nuclear. It's toxic.

by Gillian Flynn

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/11/2007

4/5 Rating 5 Reviews
RRP  $19.99 $16.50

Some scars never heal ...

An addictive thriller from the author of the mega bestseller Gone Girl.

When two girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town to report on the crimes. Long-haunted by a childhood tragedy and estranged from her mother for years, Camille suddenly finds herself installed once again in her family's mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and the half-sister she barely knows - a precocious 13-year-old who holds a disquieting grip on the town.  

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.

Contemporary fiction
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
Orion Publishing Co
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn was the chief TV critic for Entertainment Weekly and now writes full-time. Her first novel Sharp Objects was the winner of two CWA Daggers and was shortlisted for the Gold Dagger.

Her latest novel, Gone Girl, is a massive No.1 bestseller. The film adaptation of Gone Girl, directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, won the Hollywood Film Award 2014.

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  • Good read

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    Once I started reading Sharp Objects I couldn't put it down.

  • Intense

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    A work colleague recommended this book to me and I'm glad that she did. If you want to read a book that is intense, plays with your mind and unsettles you at times then this is the book for you. When the main character, Camille, walks back into her home town, Wind Gap, after many years of being absent, you will soon realise that the small town with its small population isn't as normal as you'd expect it or them to be. Full of sexuality, murder, violence, and characters who suffer from psychological and psychiatric issues, this is a book that will stay with you for a long time and yes some parts of the book are disgusting and disturbing. There are also some underlying issues with the main characters that will become quite evident as you read on, in particular "mother" issues. Even though I read this book a while after it was first published, I highly recommend it.

  • Sharp Objects

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    If you had of asked me what I thought of this novel just after I finished, I would have said one thing: disturbing.

    I went into Sharp Objects hoping for an engrossing, relentless murder thriller, filled with complex characters, and that’s exactly what I got. Gillian Flynn did not disappoint me with her first novel. It takes talent to be able to write characters that suffer from raw emotional issues that don’t come off as being melodramatic, but Flynn pulled it off easily, making the characters truly real.

    Fresh out of a psychiatric ward and working as a journalist, Camille Parker returns to her home town to investigate the murders of two young girls. Moving back in with her neurotic, hypochondriac mother, ineffectual and absent step father, and step-sister who has bizarre grasp on reality, Camille finds herself becoming tangled in the world she’d left behind.

    Sharp Objects is a deeply unhealthy book that is not for the light hearted. Exploring dark, somewhat frightening mental issues such as self harm and abuse, Gillian Flynn has written a deeply disturbing novel that will keep you on your toes. It’s a definite page turner; one that kept me guessing who the killer was up until the final pages.

    What added more to my enjoyment of the book was the set of strong, independent women. Something rare in crime literature, as women are usually depicted as weak, helpless victims while the men are the abusers. This was definitely not the case. A large portion of the women in the book were promiscuous and abusive, self-destructive and violent. Men are only fixtures in their lives. It was a refreshing take on what is often written in thriller novels.

    This book is incredibly unwholesome, but I would still highly recommend it. If you’re interested in reading about a mentally unstable mother-daughter duo I would pick up a copy. Although, maybe not if you’re squeamish.

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