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Highly competent narrator for this novel, which opens in some considerable strength but unfortunately descends into the same, tired dogmatic rant that victimizes all female children because they are female and all women because, because, because ... Go away. Please. Just. Go. Away. Go away and grow up. Child bearing is an act ascribed only to gods and women. How has this fundamental truth been obscured by today's half-baked ideologues?
Eerie and atmospheric. Reporter Camille returns to her small Missouri hometown to investigate the murders of two teenagers and finds herself and her family a bit too connected.
The story of Sharp Objects is so full of messed up people that it is frustrating. I could not relate to any of the characters in the story so I could not feel empathy for them. Camille was not very likable, yet the other characters were even less so. I had to quit the audiobook about 2/3 of the way through and came back to it after a few weeks off. The weirdness of the characters and their relationships put me off from the beginning, which made this difficult to struggle through. I would not give Sharp Objects high recommendations, but I know some people like the dark and weird world described in the book.
Poorly written. The novel is made up of sentence fragments and deeply disturbing imagery. The town is realistic but the characters are not. The author dwelled on Camille's alcoholism and sexcapades without really fleshing out the story enough. The flashbacks were also incredibly annoying. I found myself skimming right up to the end. There were no "memories" that Camille had that reflected the sinister behavior of her mother and they really should have. Even a child can sense an evil parent trying to hurt them. I also found the conversations between Camille and her editor highly unrealistic. I'm really over the novels published for shock value. Where are the real stories? Not in this novella.
Deeply sinister, and gives one the feeling of being suffocated by a cold, wet blanket. Hugs needed.
Very dark and disturbing. Doesn't appear to be a normal character anywhere. Kept my attention from start to finish, but the ending was not a surprise to me.
I found Sharp Objects to be less disturbing than Gone Girl. I liked it as much, if not more, but for different reasons. It was a simpler story and I predicted the twist early on, though she had me convinced otherwise. Camille, Adora and Amma's story strangely seemed more believable to me than Gone Girl. That said, bring on Dark Places!
Well written and lyrical, but man oh man is it disturbing. I had to turn it off and go to Stephen King's The Stand if that tells you anything. Too much...just too much.
** stars 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 Chicago daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. 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. 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 solution. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming. This book is well written, but too dark and full of psychological pain for me. I saw the end coming, but kept hoping what I believed was not true. Ms. Flynn sees and writes about psychic pain very well, but I cannot recommend.
This book is very disturbing - yet I couldn't put it down. The characters were chilling and the plot was evil and fascinating. Gillian Flynn is an amazing author who comes up with the most bizarre and frightning books I've ever read. I think this is my favorite of her 3 books so far. It will be awhile before I will be able to forget this one.