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Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, 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 inFresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, 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 in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming....

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  • Emily May
    2019-05-13 18:56

    “The face you give the world tells the world how to treat you.”There is something deeply unhealthy about this book. It's in the characters, in the story, in the relationships, in the sex, and just in the general mood of the novel. Reading this made me feel a little unwell, both physically and mentally, but I am glad I did. If you know me, you'll know I love complex characters with issues that feel raw and real, rather than melodramatic. The people in this novel are majorly fucked up, no one is without a dark past and everyone, it seems, has a horror story.The protagonist - Camille Preaker - was just thirteen when her sister died and fuelled by grief (amongst other things) Camille spent her teen years carving words into her flesh, covering almost every inch of her body with the marks of her pain. Ten years later, Camille Preaker is now a journalist who returns to the small town of her youth to report on the murders of two young girls - girls who had had all of their teeth removed.Camille is soon caught up in the town once again, she tries to get along with the mother who never loved her and establish a relationship with the troublesome half sister she hardly knows. It seems that once again small towns hold the biggest secrets and Camille finds herself getting dragged deeper and deeper into the investigation, her fragile state of mind constantly threatening to tip her over the edge.This is one mean and nasty book. I knew I was getting a dark, psychological thriller, but I expected something on par with In The Woods by Tana French. Um, not exactly. Flynn never shies away from the horrific details. You're not going to find anything pleasant in this story; sex, for example, is always something complex - it's an escape or a bargain or a catharsis. Everything else is similar.Flynn does a fantastic job of challenging the notion that women are weak, innocent, damsels in distress. In a world where women are victims - both in their media representation and in statistics - this is a very interesting look at other kinds of women. It's programmed into us to believe that women are safer, kinder, built with an instinct that makes it difficult for them to be cruel and cause pain without reason. Maybe we were always wrong.Last updated: April 2016Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store

  • RandomAnthony
    2019-05-23 19:53

    Last week I read the fuck out of Gillian Flynn's catalog. Three novels in eight days while my wife and kids were out of town and a sweltering late July marooned me in one of the house's two air conditioned rooms. So although this review is primarily for Sharp Objects, my favorite of Flynn's trio, let me go on record with Gone Girl (four stars, go read another of the zillion of reviews) and Dark Places (three stars, maybe too many narratives perspectives and too willing to wallow in the muck) as well, but I'm not writing reviews for those two. Sharp Objects, to me, stands out as Flynn's best so far. The narrator and the storyline don't dance with each other in a seamless, synchronized manner; family history and unwritten community norms mosh-pit it up until the collective response to the murders reminded me of that Soundgarden video where all the faces go funhouse-mirror-y. This narrator isn't a shining heroine. She's very human, supremely fucked up, trying to make sense and move forward. Maybe that's what makes Sharp Objects so interesting. Highly recommended, Sharp Objects is the kind of book one could characterize as a summer read. This is the rare novel that both devoted and casual (yes, that sound you hear is me turning up my nose) readers will appreciate, as long as they can handle the psychological darkness. Good for any season, not just a summer read, even. My nose just turned up a little higher. I better stop now before I'm looking at the ceiling.(By the way, if I haven't said so yet, Gillian Flynn is knee-weakening cute.)

  • Alex
    2019-05-05 22:55

    Little buddy read with Her Majesty La Lionne and Jerry on January 31st!! :DThis is my third Gillian Flynn book, after Gone Girl and Dark Places. The first one blew my mind, the second one freaked me out a little and this one really scared me. Sure, after reading 5% of it I was like --a creepy story with the potential of giving me special nightmares, but by 90% I was likeWTF did I just read??All the characters were disturbing, especially even the children. Allow me to start with Camille. She's a reporter, a writer. She's practically obsessed with words, even if they are scribbled on her skinand not necessarily with a pen or marker, if you get my drift. You see, Camille used to be a (view spoiler)[cutter (hide spoiler)]. She's a little better now, but you never know what can make her snap and get back to her old habit.I can't say I liked her. I hated the way she (view spoiler)[used Richard and John, her lack of reason, her irresponsibility when she took X with Amma, her 13 year-old half-sister (hide spoiler)]. Yes, Camille, I get that you're fucked-up, but you're 30, get a grip or see a therapist!Amma, Camille's 13 year-old half-sister, is a piece of work.It sure would, sweetie, it sure would...I hated her with a vengeance for countless reasons, but most importantly because she was a little bitch, in all the senses of the word. Adora, the matriarch of the family, Camille and Amma's mother, was also a vision to behold: a bad mother suffering from (view spoiler)[Münchausen syndrome (hide spoiler)], who felt the need to bring another child into the world, after Marian, only to smother her in torture and drive her to madness and eventually (view spoiler)[murder. (hide spoiler)]Who's left? The only character I remotely liked was Richard, the cop. He was hot. He would have been so good for Camille. But noooo, she just had to (view spoiler)[ruin it all by becoming a cradle-robber under the convenient pretext that she felt the need to comfort and be comforted (hide spoiler)]. As much as the characters annoyed and disturbed me, I enjoyed the story very much. It was shocking, unexpected, creepy, not funny at all and extremely well-written. I will definitely be reading more of Gillian Flynn's novels!5 stars!! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Simon Cleveland, PhD
    2019-04-27 16:00

    The razor blade on the front cover of the book is what one yearns for right after embarking on this read, sharp blade with which to cut every single page, one by one, until they are so neatly shredded that even the memory of what was written on them becomes non existent. And then, one can use the same razor to end one's own life. I'm still unsure what the author was thinking when she began this book, unless she had some very deep and very disturbing mental issues to work through. This book is dangerous and not because it excites one with a thrilling and suspenseful story. It is dangerous because once one reads it, one loses any desire to look for another book that may restore one's faith in the existence of good books with an uplifting charge. Not only is this book dangerous, but it is sick. Its underlying sickness is that it's emotionally draining and unless readers are looking to load up on more mental baggage (I can't think of anyone who doesn't have enough), I'd stay away from its pain. The main character is a female reporter who returns home on an assignment (covering the serial murders of two little girls). As memories of her painful childhood emerge, readers find a lot more about her character, for example her alcoholic addiction and her obsession to carve words into her own flesh. Waves of her unresolved issues wash away further hopes of a challenging literary work as readers are practically dragged into her problems (not loved enough by her mother, not popular enough in school, not motivated enough in her work) and are subjected to the anguish of either feeling sorry for her or wanting to end her existence. As disturbing details of the two murders resurface, readers are introduced to yet two more characters as equally unpleasant as the first. There is the psychologically unstable (almost emotionally poisonous) personality of her mother and the pathologically sinister and equally disturbed one of the teenage sister. And of course there are the endlessly problematic and mentally crushing details of the small-town's Midwest America (why would one want to read this is beyond my understanding). This book robs one of smiles, of the beauty of life, and even of the reason for love. It is not only bitter, but leaves one with an unpleasant smell of what I'd like to call rotten feelings. I can't brand the book dull (as it did leave me with unwanted thoughts), but I can promise you that you'll feel dull once you've read it. I don't recommend it, but may compare the feelings I have for it to what Chuck Palahniuk's 'Choke' birthed in me.

  • Raeleen Lemay
    2019-05-12 22:40

    *3.5/5*I felt like this book was way too slow paced for how short it was, and it sort of bugged me that the big reveal and explanation was left to the VERY end. It was like nothing nothing nothing BAM EVERYTHING. However, the ending was crazy and twisted and I loved it! I just wish that craziness had been spread out a bit, because when I finally got it, it was over too fast. Overall, a pretty good read.

  • Paquita Maria Sanchez
    2019-05-03 18:02

    Well, this was a pleasant surprise. I remember all the ruckus over Gillian Flynn a while back, and my resulting tracing (not carving) of a mental note on my palm that I should eventually read something by this gal because everybody was all in a tizzy over her wonderfulmousnessity back whenever, and I was confused by that fact based on the book descriptions alone. It all just sounded like mass market thrillers dressed up in fancy lit fic suits. Ya know, the stuff of mediocre books which sometimes get passed to great directors, screen-writers, and actors, and then maybe turned into really good movies. Basically, I just wanted to understand what the hell was going on with this new girl at the middle school who showed up mid-semester and got all the attention just because her folks were always out of town so you could smoke pot at her house and raid the liquor cabinet or whatever. I shamefully admit, I was ready and willing to dislike her. Maybe I'm shallow, and so was put off by the pop of it all. Maybe that one time I saw Gone Girl as a stickered best-selling! 20% off Audio Book, I silently simmered further, my eyes squintier still. Whatever, it doesn't matter. I was wrong. I frequently forget that this is a very frequent occurrence. From the first couple of pages, maybe even the first, I acknowledged my ass-umptions. The writing is astute in its observations, visceral in its descriptions. And the narrator is all messed up, which hear, hear. I actually stopped when I realized I'd read about 100 pages without looking away, and thought to myself: I should read more thrillers, huh? Well, no. Most of them that I have come across are not this confidently, this surgically composed. There is no fluffy stuffing here, just good, straight storytelling with the added bonus of cautiously crafted prose. Also, it's really fucking creepy, and me being creeped out by anything at this point in my life is a pretty tall order. I mean, aside from spiders and needles and being buried alive and over-sexualized pre-teen Lolita-types who collect and dress like that Bratz line of toy dolls. Now that shit is creepy. Fortunately, a couple of those things are directly addressed in this novel. My goodness, it must be terrifying having a daughter, or being an adult dude today. Or a human at all. Yeah, it is.The story itself meanders in a way which is icky, thoroughly hammered out, and fairly unpredictable. I may be inflating the rating because my expectations were so low, but that doesn't change the fact that I will be reading another novel by this author because she isn't some hack; she just likes to slum a little, subject-wise. And that's more than okay with me, it turns out. Cutters, Lolitas, Munchausen by Proxy, obsessions, family hatreds, drug abuse, scandalous sex, graphic violence, serial murder, wealth, poverty, popularity, bullying, hypochondria, crippling jealousy, police procedural bullshit, alcoholism, taboo masturbation fantasies, eating disorders, small town smothering, big city anonymity, career/life/love failures, falls from grace, the hell of being romantically idealized by someone and then seen in vivid, horrible detail for what you really are: all addressed in this slim little novel. It's pretty fucking good, to be honest. Just...don't loan it to your mother. And hope that no one in this novel reminds you of your mother. Don't be bothered if you see a little of yourself here and there, though. We're all headcases sometimes, right? Please just agree with me.

  • Mohammed Arabey
    2019-05-10 16:55

    عالم النساء..معقد، متشابك، صعب فهمه..مضطهدا سواء في مجتمعا شرقيا أم غربياوهذه الرواية الكئيبة السوداوية تقتحم جانب مظلم من هذا العالمكتبتها أمرأة..تقتحم جوانب نفسية معقدة لثلاث شخصيات رئيسية من النساء بأعمار مختلفة..شخصيات قاتمة ، مظلمةقد تجد بعض تصرفاتهم كريهة، بغيضة..صعبة ،مريضة.. لكن من أنت لتحكم عليهم، بالاخص من مكاني بعالم الرجالفالرواية تعرّي ايضا استغلالنا لهم احيانا، تعرّي المجتمع ونمطية نظره وتمييزه ضد المرأة هناك روايات تتعايش مع أحداثها ، كأنك في موقع اﻷحداث وتعرف اﻷبطال جيدا..قليل من الروايات النفسية التي فعلا تؤثر علي حالتك ومزاجك النفسي وقت قراءتها..قليل من المؤلفين ينجحون في ذلك ، وجيليان فلين أحدهمالتي نالت مؤخرا شهرة ضخمة بروايتها الأخيرة الصادرة في 2012Gone Girlوالتي ايضا قامت بكتابة السيناريو الخاص بالفيلم المقتبس عنها لتصبح احد رواد العصر الحديث في ادب التشويقي النفسيوبالرغم من أنها روايتها اﻷولي 'صدرت 2006' لكنها متقنة بحق وستجعلك تعيش بها، ولكن للأسف ترغمك أيضا علي عيش ظروف نفسية مظلمة..إذا ركزت بها قد تترك بنفسيتك أثرا كأنه محفورا بأداة حادةولنبدأ باﻷحداث----الرواية الكئيبة تلك تبدأ بجريمة قتل في بلدة صغيرة 'ويند جاب' لفتاتان في عمر الزهورفتاتان لم يمهلهما القاتل الوصول لعالم النساءصحفية في بداية عقدها الثالث تعمل بصحيفة متواضعة بمدينة كبري 'شيكاغو' يطلب منها رئيسها الذهاب لتغطية الموضوعهي دونا عن اي صحفي أخر، هي ﻷنها أصلا من تلك البلدة الصغيرةهي من هربت منها بمجرد التخرج لتبعد عن مجتمعها الضيق، ضيق المكان، ضيق اﻷفق ، لايهتم بشئ قدر النميمة واشائعاتهي من هربت من اﻷم المهووسة باﻷمومة، والتمييز بينها وبين أختها -غير الشقيقة-، والتمييز بينها وبين أختها المتوفاةتعود لبلدتها بعد أن صارت في الثلاثينات من عمرها..غير متزوجة..تعمل بوظيفة عادية..لمجتمع عالمة أنه سيجلدها بألسنتهمتعود لتغطية صحفية لجريمة بشعة ، كريهة ، مقبضة..غير عالمة ما قد يكون رأي اهالي الضحايا بهابل، وليقلل رئيسها من النفقات، يطلب منها أن تمكث مع أمها وزوجها وأختها المراهقة الصغيرةيطلب منها أن تمكث مع أمها, التي لا تجيد أن تداري برودها مع أبنتها الكبري,عدم إكتراثها بها..بل وربما كراهيتها بلا سبب واضحيطلب منها أن تمكث مع شقيقتها الصغري,المراهقة المطيعة لأمها بشكل غريب الأطوار بالبيت والمشغولة باللعب في بيت الدمي المثالي...المراهقة الصاخبة,الشرسة المتنمرة والجامحة خارج البيتيطلب منها أن تمكث مع زوج أمها ,الذي قد يبدي إكتراثا لكتاب ممل عن الأحصنة أكثر مما قد يبديه إذا ما كانت أبنة زوجته هي الضحية التالية لقاتل طليقتعود كاميلي لأبشع كوابيسها، لمن سببت لها ضغطا نفسيا طيلة حياتها، أمها، والبلدة الصغيرة...وتحاول جاهدة التركيز في حل لغز كابوسي لقاتل شنيع لكتابة قصتهاوكل هذا تفعله وهي تحاول ألا تعود لما كانت تفعله وقت مراهقتهاكلما تأزمت الأمور..كلما تحطمت نفسيتهاكلما أظلمت لها الدنياأن تحفر علي جسدها كلمات.....بأداة حادةتحفر وتكتب ...'شريرة، مؤذية، حبيبة أمها، وجع، ألم، خوف'وغيرهاكلمات علي جسدها...بأدوات حادةهل ستعود لمرضها؟ هل ستعرف حل القضية؟ هل ستفهم أمها أكثر؟ هل ستتصالح مع أختها المراهقة؟ هل ستقع في الحب؟ أم ستكون مجرد علاقات عابرة، تغلبها المصالح؟هل ستنجح في العيش بتلك العائلة المعقدة نفسيا ولو لأيام قليلة؟علي الأقل دون أن تعود لجرح نفسها والكتابة علي جسمهابأدوات حادة؟اﻷسلوب والشخصيات-------------جيليان فلين تكتب كمثلي اﻷعلي في اﻷدب 'جي كي رولينج' ، أو كالكتاب اﻷنجليز عامامن حيث وصف البلدة التي تدور بها اﻷحداث وشوارعها وسكانها وطباعهم وتاريخ البلدة، ثم تاريخ الشخصيات بشكل تفصيلي ويميل للأسهاب أحيانا ..بما يخدم الأحداث أو بما يخدم أجبارك علي تعايشها والتعرف بشكل أكبر علي الشخصيات و،اﻷهم هنا، نفسيتهمالرواية درامية ، كئيبة وسوداوية كما يظهر حتي من سطرها اﻷول 'كنزتي الجديدة، حمراء فاقعة ، وقبيحة'لك أن تتخيل مدي القبح الذي ستراه لاحقا إذا ما كان السطر اﻷول هكذاكما قلت ، جانب من الرواية يفضح المجتمع الذكوري ونظرته للمرأة والتمييز باﻷخص في المجتمعات المغلقة الصغيرة كتلك البلدة الصغيرة بميزوري 'نفس بلدة المؤلفة' ، هذا السطر التالي هو واحد من الأهوال التي بالرواية"في الصف الخامس ، قام ولدان بمحاصرة فتاة في الفسحة وأرغماها وضع عصا بداخلها""رغما عن أرادتها؟ هل أرغموها""مممم..بعض الشئ علي ما أعتقد. لقد كانا متنمران. قالوا لها أن تفعل، ففعلت""وهل رأيتي ذلك أم سمعتي عنه؟""لقد قالوا لبعض منا أن نشاهد. عندما علم المعلم باﻷمر كان علينا اﻷعتذار""للفتاة؟""لا، الفتاة كان عليها أن تعتذر أيضا. للفصل. 'النساء الصغيرات يجب أن يتحكمن في أجسامهن ، ﻷن الولاد لا يفعلوا ذلك'" هل الرواية تدافع عن المرأة،نصرتها؟ 'فيمينسم'؟ أم تهاجمها وتعريهاهي لا تفعل ذلك ولا ذاك...هي فقط تظهر المساوئ المجتمعية، أمراض نفسيه يسببها المجتمع أحيانا في المرأةأمراض نفسية عديدة ناقشتها الرواية بما يخدم اﻷحداث فحسب -كم أمقت الروائيين العرب في الفذلكة ،والاسماء المعقدة لروايتهم في حين رواية كهذه ناقشت أمراض نفسية عديدة ولم يكن عنوانها سوي 'أدوات حادة'- وأهم هذه اﻷمراض هي عقاب الجسد الذاتي بجرحه بأدوات حادة كالموسي، وفي حالتنا هنا ليس جرح فحسب وإنما كتابة كلمات أيضاالرواية تعمقت في نفسية البطلة ، وجعلتنا نعاني معها كل تلك الاحداث والكوابيس، والشخصيات المريضة اﻷخري التي منها حتي أمها وأختها المراهقةأعجبني جدا وبشدة الأجزاء بين كاميلي وأختها أمّا وتطور العلاقة بينهما ولمست كثير من نفسيتي لاسباب شخصية في علاقتي مع اخي شخصية أمـّا نفسها عجيبة وتأرجحها بين الفتاة الوديعة حبيبة أمها التي تلعب ببيت الدمي ثم المراهقة القاسية عندما تبعد عن أمها كان ممتازاأما علاقتها مع أمها فكانت مقبضة ومثيرة للشفقة والكآبة بنفس الوقتعلاقتها مع اصدقاءها القدامي من ايام الكليةReunionوعودتها لهن بعد سنوات وشعورها أنها صارت أقل منهن -صار كل اصدقاءهن متزوجات وفي مستوي مادي كمستوي والدتها العالي ,بعكسها -أيضا كان واقعي وطبيعي جداعلاقتها مع المحقق أيضا برعت المؤلفة في رسمها من بدايتها للنهاية بشكل متقن، مثير للشفقة أيضا في بعض الأحيانحتي شخصية أمها "أدورا" التي تكرهها بلا سبب واضح تعرفه البطلة هي شخصية عجيبة وفعلا شعرت بكآبة تجاهها كثيرا , تصورت شخصيتها تمثلها نيكول كيدمان بالأخص فيلم ستوكر 2013الشخصيات عاما بالرغم من بعض أعمالهم الكريهة او البشعة ، وحتي الجنسية المتحررة-والتي كان وصفها بالاحداث ليس فجا وإن كان صادما في بعض الاحيان - إلا أنك ستشعر بشئ من الشفقة تجاههم بل والتعاطف أحيانا خاصا عندما تتعمق في طبيهة نفسيتهم..لن تكره شخصية ، أو علي اﻷقل هذا ما حدث لي، ولكنك ستشعر باﻷسي لهموالغريب ان حتي الضحيتان، الفتاتان الصغيرتان، ستجد لهما جانب مظلمكئيب..وشرسهل فهمت اﻷن لم قلت علي الرواية أنها سوداوية ، وأثرت فعلا علي نفسيتي بالسلب؟~~~~~~~~~~ أما عن جريمة القتل والقاتل، فأنت ستحاول مع كاميلي البحث عن قصة والتورط مع المحقق الوسيم لأخذ تعليق علي اﻷحداث لخبطتها الصحفية بالرغم من تحفظه، او تعليق من احد اسر الضحايا بالرغم من كراهيتهم لتدخل الصحافةلكن الدراما تغلب عن الاثارة هنا لذا وجب التنبيهفهي قد تصنف رواية بوليسية ، جريمة، غموض-ولكن ليس رعب بالمعني الحرفي كما هو مكتوب في التصنيف بالصفحة هنا-..ولكن المهم هو أنها دراما في المقام اﻷول ..دراما نفسية ، متقنةالنهاية----ربما سيشك ويخمن الكثير من الباحثين عن النهاية فحسب في حل اللغز وربما يصيب تخمينهمولكن اﻷحداث والدوافع وكل أجزاء الحوار ستجعل من حل اللغز أمرا متقناأعجبتني جدا النهاية، مقنعة ومثيرة ولم تتوقف عن المفاجأتويجب أن أعترف أنني لم أتوقع النهاية بعكس الكثير تقريبافأنت إذا ما قرأت الرواية ستكون بالضبط كاكميلي ، البطلة...مشتتا، مرهقا..تشعر بالانقباض والسوداوية لدرجة إنك ستفاجأ معها في كل تتابعات النهايةالمقبضةالسوداويةالتي تليق بباقي الرواية التي قد لا تجرح جسدك كما كانت تفعل البطلة ولكن ستجرح شئ من نفسيتكبأداة حادةمحمد العربيمن 4 سبتمبر 2015إلي 9 سبتمبر 2015

  • Will Byrnes
    2019-05-16 14:47

    Camille Preaker is a young Chicago reporter with a troubled past. When a second young girl goes missing in her home town, Wind Gap, MO, Camille’s fatherly boss sends her down to get the inside scoop. Who says you can’t go home again? Well, maybe you can, but would you really want to? There is a reason she is in Chicago, instead of Podunk, MO, and the danger for Camille lies as much with her delicate psychological state, a product of her childhood, as it might with a psycho-killer on the loose. "Qu'est-ce que c'est ?" Wind Gap is home to an array of characters left over from GCB, (Yes, I know it was published before the show) Stepford and Village of the Damned, and mix in a bit of Mommie Dearest and Cruella de Vil. Sounds like fun, no? Sorry to disappoint, but not so much. Gillian Flynn - Image from Orion BooksLess than a year ago a young girl was found dead, floating in a stream, strangled, with her teeth removed. Now a second girl, about the same age, has gone missing and folks are fearing the worst. Well, duh-uh. ‘Ere long the body is found wedged in a foot-wide space between two buildings, sans pearly whites. The game is afoot.Camille has to cope with an uncooperative local Sherriff and then try to get some, any information from the very cute Kansas City detective who had been brought in to help out. Camille is presented as a dish, and there is definite sexual tension between the reporter and the town’s visiting investigator. (view spoiler)[Ok I really first wrote “between the reporter and the town’s visiting dick”, but my wife (who does not have the mind of a 12 year old boy) shamed me into removing it. Usually she does not see my material until it is on line but had expressed curiosity about the book, so got a preview.(hide spoiler)]Camille makes the rounds, visiting the families of the victims, reconnecting, for good or ill with her former schoolmates, most of whom seem never to have heard of the women’s movement. But the largest connection for Camille in Wind Gap is her childhood home, inhabited by her mother, stepfather and half sister. Cue thunder and lightning, creepy music and under the chin lighting. Mom, ironically named Adora, has the warm presence of a guillotine and her stepfather, Alan, appearing in various costumes, seems to need only a pinky ring and fluffy white lap cat to complete the cartoon. We all know what happens when we return to the houses in which we were raised. We regress. Come on, admit it. We behave like the children we once were. At the very least we feel the tug of those urges. In Camille’s case, her home life was, shall we say, lacking. Her little sister, Marian, had died when Camille was kid. Attempting to cope with that and some other issues, she took to a bit of long-lasting self-destructive behavior. In case the razor on the cover of this book is not obvious enough, Camille is a cutter, or was anyway. Not just lines, but words. And the words on her skin pop into her mind as she digs into her research and takes on the psychological challenges of her home town. We learn early on that she had spent some time in rehab attempting to overcome her addiction. The Camille we meet here may be scarred, but is trying to carve a less destructive path forward for herself. It is a challenge, and represents a parallel set of mysteries. How did the adolescent Camille reach a place where she felt it necessary to indulge in such harmful behavior? What’s the deal with her family? Camille has to figure out not only the secret of the two murders, but her own history.Her background makes it easier for her to relate to her thirteen-year-old stepsister, Amma, who knew both the dead girls. They share some traits. Like Camille as a kid, Amma (a word that usually means “mother”) is a mean-girl group leader, headstrong, bright, and not someone you would ever cross. Amma is physically precocious, and behaviorally far beyond that. She can usually be seen with her girl-pack, laughing at funerals, or, metaphorically, kicking cripples. Adding to the creepshow atmosphere, and keeping the cutting notion sharp, there is a slaughterhouse in town. One particular scene resonated a lot. In the slaughterhouse, sows are positioned on their sides, with absolutely no room to maneuver, and piglets are brought to the captive females to nurse. It is not an inducement to eating bacon. It so happened that I had seen a film, Samsara, the day before reading the book, in which this very scene was shown. In the book, an added element is that a young girl sits and watches this with unnatural pleasure.We learn more about the victims in time, and it is a somewhat fun ride. But every now and then Camille does or says something that makes you shake your jowls like Louis Black approaching a punch line and burble out a WTF? And those moments take one out of the story.There is clear evidence of talent on display. I liked the prefiguring of the opening in which Preaker is looking at her latest story, about a crack-addled mother who abandoned her kids. Mothering figures prominently in the story. Using a slaughterhouse to echo the cutting Camille practices on herself, and maybe some other horrors as well, may have been a bit heavy-handed, but fine, ok. Having Camille carve words into her skin definitely seems over the top to me, a bit of literary license, but fine, ok. I enjoyed the fun noir twang with which Flynn begins her story, but it seemed to fade quite a lot over the course of 254 pages. Fine, ok. And for fun, Camille, who has been known to hoist a few, manages to visit what seems every bar in town. I took it to be a running joke, but I am not 100% certain. Fine, ok. I felt a lot of fine, ok here. There is some sex, a fair bit of sexiness, some serious creepiness, a bit of satisfaction to be had in the procedural elements of finding this out then that. But while there may have been satiric intent at work, the characters were either too inconsistent, too thinly drawn or even cartoonish to invest much emotionally. Sharp Objects may have been the bleeding edge of Flynn’s career as a novelist, and it is not a bad first cut, but it left me hoping that she would apply her obvious talent with finer lines next time, maybe use some subtler shades and etch more believable characters, give us material we could dig into a little deeper. =============================EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author’s personal, Twitter and FB pagesMarch 23, 2013 - GR pal Peg clued us in to a wonderful piece Flynn wrote for Powell's, that goes a way to illuminating her literary choices. If you read this or other books by Flynn, this short piece is MUST READ material.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Tatiana
    2019-04-26 14:48

    As seen on The ReadventurerIf you ask me which words come into my mind first whenever I think of this book, my answer will be: nasty, dark, twisted, disturbing.In this rather traumatizing psychological thriller Camille Preaker, a troubled newspaper reporter, is sent to her home town to get the inside scoop on the murders of two preteen girls - both were strangled and had their teeth removed. As we follow Camille on her quest to obtain as much information as possible about the crimes, we learn much more than we bargained for. The small town of Wind Gap, in the fashion of Twin Peaks, is filled to the brim with dark secrets, and not the least of them is the twisted dynamics in Camille's own family...For me the most remarkable aspect of this book is that Gillian Flynn succeeds in creating a novel main characters of which are nasty women. I am so used to books where women are victims and all evil is committed by bad, bad men. Not so in Sharp Objects. Women of Wind Gap are both victims and perpetrators, they are promiscuous and abusive, self-destructive and violent. Men are only fixtures in their lives and pawns in their sick games. If anything, this is a refreshing twist on the old tired genre of murder mystery. I liked the psychological aspect of this novel as well. Flynn skillfully portrays how differently people react to the abuse in their lives - some direct the pain onto themselves, some inflict it on others - and both are equally damaging to one's psyche.I definitely wouldn't recommend Sharp Objects to squeamish. There is a lot of disturbing stuff in this book - promiscuous young girls, self-mutilation, sexual abuse, drugs. This is not a comfort read by any means. However I found it fascinating (in a I-can't-stop-watching-this-train-wreck way) and hard to put down. I will certainly read Flynn's other novel - Dark Places. Well, as soon as I psychologically recover from Sharp Objects.

  • Samadrita
    2019-05-16 15:41

    When I had first come across rave reviews of Gone Girl, I was bowled over by the fact that there's after all a woman who is brave enough to try her hand at a genre rarely ventured into by women writers. And apparently, she excels at it too. Surely, she couldn't have hoodwinked hordes of unsuspecting readers into giving her books such high ratings.So I had decided I'd devour Gillian Flynn's entire oeuvre starting with her first published work. Needless to say, that it is with obvious disappointment I'm giving this book only 2 stars. I had high hopes for Flynn's first published novel.Sharp Objects comes off as a classic case of trying too hard. The set up feels too contrived, the world building, shabby and the writing, unimpressive and awkward. ('bucolicry' Ms Flynn? is that even a real word?) And to heap on to the negatives, Flynn rushes us through the scenery, the murders, the facts with such alarming speed that few things get time enough to make a powerful impact.The eerie, secluded little town of Wind Gap never comes alive for the reader. All the characters appear to be caricatures of stereotypical suspects in a murder mystery novel. Even the central characters seem to be rather blurry outlines of real people instead of full-fledged human beings of flesh and bone. My mind failed at conjuring up even a single image of Wind Gap, its inhabitants or Camille and that's when I knew things were going downhill. After I had made some headway with the book, my attention kept drifting away and this doesn't usually happen with a thriller novel.(Proof of my steadily dwindling interest in thrillers maybe?)Neither did I care about the murders nor did I think much of the disturbing imagery that Flynn shoves right in the reader's face from time to time. Even if you keep the somewhat macabre murders of pubescent girls aside, there are themes of self mutilation, sexual abuse, descriptions of horrific serial killings, slaughtering of pigs and chickens to make you cringe and wince as you read every alternate passage. Still I wasn't repulsed.Instead what I felt acutely was Flynn's desperate desire to create a truly unsettling narrative. You can tell she is trying to offer you a blend of all things gory, disturbing and wicked just to titillate your senses. It's as if the central story became secondary to Flynn somewhere while she was writing this and only the deeply perturbing elements assumed primary importance.Even the ending fails to pack in a punch, because if you have read a slew of whodunits at any point of time in your life, you will sort of guess the culprit. The only part which successfully creeped me out was the protagonist's tendency to inflict injuries on herself as a way to purge herself of emotions. But that one feeling doesn't help you sail through a book which is, otherwise, ceaselessly dreary and simply put, lacklustre in every way.Hence, 2 very unsatisfied, very bored stars.I am holding out hope for Gillian Flynn though. Maybe my opinion will change after reading Gone Girl or Dark Places.

  • karen
    2019-05-06 20:53

    okay so i,of course, was initially drawn to this book because it has shiny cover. i am like a magpie or a raccoon or something... and then it just sat on the shelf for ages and one day i read the description of it somewhere. and it's all "whore" on her ankle and "pain" on her heart or whatever.(which is not on the back cover copy, but is right up there in the description) and i thought - "oooh you are so edgy and shocking!!" and i rolled my eyes and figured i would just never read it. but THEN i was so sleepy today i thought i would just read something unchallenging that it might be fun to write a bad review of. alas, its actually pretty good; and not cheesy-edgy. it can be read in a day, no problem, and it features the most unhealthy mother-daughter relationship i've ever read. and i've read bastard out of carolina.

  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    2019-05-04 17:51

    “I just think some women aren't made to be mothers. And some women aren't made to be daughters.” ― Gillian Flynn, Sharp ObjectsThis is one of the darkest, most disturbing books I've ever read. And I love it. Well, today I love it. I picked it up years ago, started reading and was like "no way Jose". I had read Dark Places and Gone Girl and, of course, thought I could handle Sharp Objects, the Gillian Flynn debut. I wasn't ready at the time for this little monster of a book.The extremely creepy plot revolves around a serial killer in a Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned from Chicago to cover the event. Just a few of the themes include dysfunctional families, violence and self-harm. But there is so much more.As I've mentioned before, I've read a lot of blasé, boring domestic noir lately. Give me a book with some meat on its bones! Blake Crouch's Dark Matter got my motor running again and I just couldn't go back to some of those wimpily -made up word written mysteries.If you're caught in a summer stagnation, wake yourself up with this book. It's probably lying on a shelf in your house somewhere. Just prepare yourself. Flynn is an expert "description writer" and some of the things she describes are not pretty. At all. As in sick, sick, sick. Yes, the characters are seriously f****d up! I don't need my heroine to be shiny and pristine. Every person in this story has got issues.  Who knows what kind of childhood some people endure? Aren't you curious as to WHY they are weird? I always am!I know some readers are all, "but, I don't really like the characters, I can't root for anyone..." Ok, then this book isn't for you. But, I'm telling you, Gillian Flynn is a master at blueprinting the human psyche into a living breathing character that you won't soon, if ever, forget. You'll probably even have a nightmare or two, after all, Stephen King is a huge Flynn fan.

  • Kaylin
    2019-05-01 17:02

    1 StarOverview: I should have known better. I don’t have an excuse.I read Gillian Flynn's other book, Gone Girl, last year—and wasn’t a fan. Everyone raved about it, but I found the characters shallow, the plot twists weak, and the narrative so busy being cynical it didn’t seem to know what it was trying to say. Nevertheless, I’d heard great things about Gillian Flynn’s writing. So I went into this with an open mind--- maybe I had just started with the wrong book! But I really should have known better.When I wanted to DNF this around 13% of the way through, I should have trusted my instincts and realized Flynn's writing just isn't for me. But I kept seeing reviews talking about “the twist” and how the ending was the best part. So I persevered. Safe to say, I didn’t like this. Actually I think I disliked it more than Gone Girl. *language and mature themes ahead, due to the nature of this book* Pros: I don’t like to rate things so low. I really don’t, and I rarely do it. I was initially going to round this up to a two-star, but I realized I didn't have a real reason. I have 'criteria' for all my ratings and in order to earn two-stars from me, a book has to contain some elements I liked. This contained a handful of descriptions I liked. That’s it. At points in the text, Flynn compares a new-found murder victim’s appearance to that of a baby doll, with mouth open and ready to suckle. This was an incredibly creepy simile that I thought painted the scene quite clearly. Then later, Flynn describes a woman as having “hips like antlers.” In regards to the bony prominence that juts out against the rest of the woman's body. Again, I thought this was an incredibly inventive description that also perfectly illustrated the character.Cons: Oh boy. Here we go. What were these characters supposed to be? Every single character was filled with an intense hatred and cynicism about everything. They were all incredibly violent, shallow people with no other defining characteristics They were all very boring, flat people who just seemed to be awful without any motivation. It seems Flynn’s work relies upon a belief that all people are inherently evil and selfish—which is a popular theory in itself that I’ve seen in a wide variety of fiction. But the characters still need to make sense.Everything was needlessly dark? Like I just don’t understand?I don’t have a problem with darker books. I think a story can be just as dark and twisted as the author feels it needs to be, as long as it still tells the story well This just seemed to include random gritty details or supppppeeerrr intense descriptions. The main character’s struggle with mental health problems and self-harm (is this a spoiler? It’s pretty evident from the book’s blurb) was never discussed in any sort of nuanced way. Instead, it’s used almost as a plot device to show just how “edgy” this book is. I don’t mind profanity or adult material in adult books. But the over-abundance of it in this book, again, just seemed like it was trying to hard to be gritty or “edgy.” Everything was needlessly sexualized even when the conversations or characters didn’t call for it at that time. This book was too short to be so boring The pace was irrationally languid despite the intense subject matter, and it felt like it took chapters and chapters for the characters to stop just discussing things and for things to actually happen. There’s been a fairly large amount of controversy surrounding the way Gillian Flynn, a self-proclaimed feminist, writes her female characters.You have those who think it’s problematic all of her female characters are such awful people: Like The Huffington Post and others.And then you have those who believe all her characters are horrible people, and that feminism means allowing for female villains and anti-heroes:Including Flynn herself.I won’t be touching upon this controversy too much, as I don’t think there’s very much I can say that hasn’t already been discussed. I personally want female villains and anti-heroes who are just as complex as their male counter parts—which I didn’t find in this book where all the characters were so shallow. There were a few things that did seem problematic:- The main character calls a man a “sexist, liberal lefty practicing sexual discrimination” for believing a drunk woman having sex with an entire football team without her explicit consent was sexual assault. Even when when it was revealed the woman was a minor. - This entire quote:“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.”- The whole book is filled with the assumption that woman are either so fragile they are sick and broken all the time, or that they just love the attention of being sick. I understand a large part of this was related to the situations Camille was raised in and her mother, but it extended to every other character as well. - “Women get consumed. Not surprising, considering the sheer amount of traffic a woman's body experiences. Tampons and speculums. Cocks, fingers, vibrators and more, between the legs, from behind, in the mouth.”WOMEN ARE NOT COMMODITIES THAT GET CONSUMED. The implication that a woman can be ‘run-down’ based off the amount of things she’s had in her orifices is completely disgusting.I guessed whodunit less than halfway through. The reasoning was interesting, though the way it was all revealed match the same odd, explicit tone as the rest of the story.In Conclusion:Safe to say, I will not be reading Dark Places.

  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    2019-04-23 20:46

    I don't know about you, but in my opinion this is WAY better than Gone Girl, I think this one is a hidden gem. It's a lot more subtle but that's why it works more. This is one spine-chilling disturbing and dark book and I absolutely loved it. Some of the scenes in this book literally just stunned me. Very clever writing from Gillian Flynn.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.If you have not read this one yet but have been meaning to, please do it. This sat on my bookshelf for over a year, what a waste, it was one of my most memorable reads of the last few years.Camille, who is a Journalist is sent back to very small town USA where she grew up to get the juice on a story of young women going missing and turning up dead - with their teeth pulled out. Her big Chicago boss is hoping her home connection will give her the inside scoop. The characters in this book are bloody EXCEPTIONALLY done, both Camille's mother and her half-sister, Amma are some of the best written, most disturbing characters I have read in a book in ages. I had goose bumps with both of them, a lot of goose bumps. Did I say this book has a dark overtone?Camille is a flawed and damaged character, what you see is not always what you are seeing, I really grew to like her and her tenacity for the truth no matter what the cost. Once she gets it, it changes everything. Amma got under my skin in a very uncomfortable way, Flynn portrays her in a way that makes an impact on your psyche.The town doesn't just welcome Camille in and for a while nobody is talking but she is determined to keep digging and what she uncovers is just wrong, so wrong, so darn wrong. Is she even on the right path? Can she see clearly what is right before her eyes.With scenes (pig farm) that just churn you inside and sentences spoken that literally make the temperature drop in your body, this one has subtle yet so blatant shock factors all the way through it. It creates atmospheres that you feel part of from awkwardness to sheer terror. I could not put this book down because each bit rolls into the next and I had to know what was really going on. Just who is taking these girls and killing them so brutally? The whole town believes it's one of their own and everybody has their theory, fingers are pointing everywhere. In the uncovering of the truth Camille is forced to face demons from her past. For me this is a 5 star read because I won't forget it, I devoured it and could not put it down, it's well written and it's cleverly done. I wish they had made this one into a movie instead of Gone Girl, would have been so much darker on the screen.

  • Elyse
    2019-05-23 15:42

    I've had both "Sharp Objects" and "Dark Places" for years....but, hey, I'm slow. I picked "Sharp Objects" to read first when I heard Amy Adams is going to be the leading actress in a drama series. I wasn't expecting so much violence. This is a very dark disturbing story...........but my favorite parts were the psychological aspects of he mother/daughter relationship. When a child has a mother from hell - kinda shapes your life from the 'get-go' and not in a pretty way. I can already see Amy Adams playing the role of reporter Camille Preaker....who returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. She identifies with the girls a little too closely -- plus she had recently spent a short stay in a psychiatric hospital. Camille is vulnerable- fragile- and flawed. The closer she gets to cracking the case she is working on, the more she begins to crack. Old haunting demons are rising to the surface ...memories of her sister and emotional and physical abuse. This book could have been called "DARK SHARP PLACES AND OBJECTS"!!! Happy day 2 days after Halloween ....ha! :)3. to almost a 3.5

  • Laura
    2019-05-14 19:53

    From the first page, I felt the author had just finished a Chuck Palahniuk novel and decided she wanted to be like him when she grew up. Sentence fragments can be fun if you're in the mood for things like "A belly. A smell. He was suddenly standing next to me." (Not exact quotes, but pretty close.) I wasn't in the mood, and it was irritating. Also, I couldn't enjoy the main character. I found the scene where she was 12 years old and in someone's hunting shed, full of dead, bloody animals and porn irritating. I get that I was supposed to think "oh wow what a messed up home life she has to be masturbating in a shed full of dead animals", but instead I thought " I have no interest in this, or her."

  • Troy
    2019-05-07 15:41

    Terrific book, truly creepy. A page turner about a journalist going back to her tiny Missouri home town to cover the recent murders of two little girls. Gillian Flynn's writing in Entertainment Weekly has always been a notch above, and her first novel is no disappointment.What's remarkable about this book is that it focuses on some of the most damaged and interesting women I've ever seen in fiction. Strong women in fiction usually means one of three things:1) Ass-kickers in fantastic outfits that talk, think and fight like men (think Tarantino)2) Delicate little homebodies with surprising reserves of strength when needed (think Jane Austen)3) Raging bitches (think Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada)What's great about the women here is that they don't really fit into any of the above categories. They're conniving, manipulative, sweet, deeply insecure, fierce and hopelessly crippled people whose flailing at one another feels very real and very scary. Great book.

  • Suzanne
    2019-05-02 20:54

    Finally I climbed out under my rock to read my first GF novel. I was happy I did. Camille got under my skin, zero pun intended, and I enjoyed the whole ride. Whilst graphic, I wasn’t bothered, and whilst dark this was fine too. I was impressed with the writing of this book and understand why this author has hit it off worldwide.Camille is a very troubled young woman, a mediocre journalist and a recovering cutter. Self harming herself in the most dreadful way, by inscribing words into her skin. All over her body. She returns begrudgingly to her home town that is probably only good at one thing, for churning out pork meat and alcoholics. The people in the town seem to be a mess, the teenagers horrible, and let’s not forget Ms. Horrible little sister. For as much as she was troubled herself, she did try to help and nurture her in some way. This girl was too far gone to hope for any type of redemption. The women who grew from teens that Camille grew up with are equally as horrendous.Camille’s mother was a loveless soulless woman who had a strange marriage with a horribly boring man called Allan. Upon this homecoming we see Camille struggle with returning to this hell hole and trying to piece together a child serial killing situation. This just seems nearly impossible for her to do as she relives memories from losing her own little sister many moons ago. Absorbing reading, hateful characters and lovely ones too. I really did love John, the out of town Detective Richard and most of all the lovely Camille who it seems was facing her own redemption by the end. Silly me for leaving this author on my shelf for too long!

  • Laz
    2019-05-14 19:57

    “Sometimes if you let people do things to you, you're really doing it to them.”It's freaky and twisted. It's terrifying and compelling. You'll sit down, grab the book and read it until you've reached the last page. No kiddings here. I read this in one sitting, no pause for water, no pause whatsoever. It'll creep you out and fascinate you and you'll connect with the story on many levels. I did. I connected with the character and I'm still having nightmares about it.By all accounts, this is a Gillian Flynn novel. Having read all of her books now, I can safely say that she has a very dark mind. I cannot for the life of me understand how someone can put so much fucked-up in less than 300 pages. She will take the safest of things. The one thing everyone considers safe and regular, and she'll twist and turn it until there's a monster made out of it. I don't know if it's a curse or a talent. Dark Places &Gone Girl were amazing, incredible. They both left me wanting for more. But this one really did the job from me. I was fascinated from the first page till the very last hence the five stars.I think what mainly got to me was the fact that this book had a main character who was full of weaknesses and sensitivities. Camille has about one hundred insecurities and has only ever known hurt and betrayal and not for once in her life has she felt loved. And I mean, never. Not when she was a baby, not while she was growing up and certainly not now. In comparison with Mrs. Flynn's two other books, whose characters are more tough and more independent and sure of themselves and are just bad bad people, this one pictures a character who every reader can connect with and feel for and maybe identify themselves with.Camille Preaker is a reporter, coming back from a psych ward she throws herself at her job. That's it until her boss sends her to her hometown where there seems to be a serial killer on the loose and has yet to be covered by the media. Her hometown is really secluded, not in the way of no nearby cities and that shit but in the way of secrets having the tendency to never get out of the town. People there turn their heads around when something bad is happening, denying having ever seen it. Is a girl having sex with 4 boys at plain sight and a neighbor sees it? No, it didn't happen. People have a short-term memory, like goldfish. Having lost her younger sister at the age of 13 and having never known motherly or fatherly love, Camille was a teenage girl who'd let anyone take advantage of her. She'd harm herself in more than one way. She'd do it over and over again. No stopping. What's terrifying is seeing the world through Camille's eyes. She chooses to see the best in people even when they haven't given her a reason to do so. That's what really got her to where she is, in the first place. Dark is a word to characterize this book, twisted is another. The killings go way deeper that what you'll first imagine and think another "solve the mystery" novel. After every book of Mrs. Flynn I read I feel insecure and have a feeling of dirt, not the physical kind but the mental one. No shower will ever rid me of it.

  • *TANYA*
    2019-05-04 14:58

    Eek. This book was twisted and eerie, it was very good. A true page turner.

  • Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο Αμούν Arnum
    2019-05-23 15:01

    Τα αιχμηρά αντικείμενα σκίζουν συναισθήματα,σχέσεις,σκεψεις,δεσμούς ιερούς και μη αφήνοντας ανεξίτηλα σημάδια και εμπειρίες ζωής! Όσο και να εξωραΐζεται το κακό παραμένει ¨παντα¨μεσα στις ψυχές και την κατάλληλη στιγμή στις κατάλληλες συνθήκες δείχνει το πραγματικό του πρόσωπο! Το ψέμα η εικονική ανθρωπιά και αλληλεγγύη,η τοξική χαμογελαστή παράνοια προσπαθούν διακαώς να μας πείσουν για επίπλαστες ανθρώπινες σχέσεις ! Τελικά οι άνθρωποι που δεν αγαπήθηκαν και διαταράχθηκαν ψυχικά απο αυτη την έλλειψη καταντούν τραγικά πρόσωπα ανελέητα και ανάλγητα αλλα και τόσο θλιβερά και αξιολυπητα ώστε νιώθεις να τα συμπονάς. Εξαιρετικό βιβλιο συναρπαστική πένα που γράφει "αγια" και "αμαρτωλά ", "παρανοϊκά"και "σοφά" "εξωφρενικά ιδιόμορφα " και "εκπληκτικά συνηθισμένα".

  • Alejandro
    2019-05-02 16:59

    Grippin’ book!WHERE EVERYTHING STARTEDGillian Flynn is one of the most worldwide famous and popular authors nowadays with best-selling novels like Gone Girl and Dark Places, along with the short story The Grownup, but her debut novel was this one, Sharp Objects.Flynn’s style features broken characters, nasty acts, gruesome crimes and plot twists, showing a face of American contemporary towns (not matter if they’re ficticious) that it’s not so common portraited……and a truly grippin’ narrative.Maybe in this first book, and due precisely being her initial publication, I didn’t feel her attempts for plot twisting as successful as in her following works. Since in this novel are too obvious (at least to me), but still a great novel to read, thanks to Flynn’s narrative. So, while it didn’t gave so much surprises as in her other books (that I read before this one), still, her narrative style is so enriching to read, that I appreciate a lot the actual reading experience.Definitely a sharp reading experience indeed!It’s quite interesting how Gillian Flynn is able to “sell” us broken characters as the “heroes” of her books, since if you ponder about them, they’re not nice people (or are they just real people?) where they’re not truly evil, but neither are completely good, always walking in a very grey path where you can’t predict what they’ll do next, and since you can read their thoughts, they can’t lie to you, they may lie to other characters in the stories, but the reader is able to fully grasp the souls and conscience of the main protagonists......and while you're aware that they're not nice on taboo and/or politically correct subjects, you still develop a bond with the protagonists, you may not think like them, but get to understand why they think in the way that they think, due the enviroments where they grew up and the traumatic experiences that they've suffered.And you have to respect Gillian Flynn since she’s a bold writer that don’t hesitate of being non-politically correct when her characters express their particular points of view about everything, and indisputably resolute of using the darkest deeds that human beings can do to other human beings.And everything started here.WELCOME (BACK) TO WIND GAPCamille Preaker is a young journalist specialized in the crime beat of the Chicago’s newspaper, where she works, and she’s assigned to cover a possible serial killer operating at her hometown, Wind Gap, Missouri……but Camille left the town for good reasons, she is still experiencing very personal traumatic after effects for her living there, and she hoped never come back.Against her best judgement, Camille is the prodigal daughter of Wind Gap, but hardly she is truly welcomed in her own home, where Adora, her strict mother, and Amma, her volatile stepsister, each giving to Camille, their own particular kind of “greetings”, finding herself in the middle of their mischievous games, making to remember to Camille why she left several years ago.Wind Gap’s Police Department doesn’t want to admit that a serial killer is in town, but a young girl murdered and another missing (which most likely will appear dead soon), it’s becoming harder and harder to avoid the gruesome scenario and the worse thing……it’s very likely that the serial killer is one of Wind Gap’s citizens.Wind Gap’s Police Department received the external support of a Kansas City PD’s homicide detective, and soon he started a mutually beneficial relationship with Camille, where she tells him without much constraint the real dark history of Wind Gap.Camille tries her best to investigate the case at her old hometown, interviewing the affected families for the crimes and any witness of the acts, but she left Wind Gap, so many time ago, that almost nobody sees her as a fellow neighbor anymore……and her unavoidable status of being part of one of the most influential Wind Gap’s families isn’t clear to Camille if it’s an advantage or a burden for her journalistic task.However, Camille can’t stop since she may be the only hope to stop Wind Gap’s blood shedding.

  • Maureen
    2019-04-28 14:55

    i'm not sure what to say about this book because while i think it reads like a bestseller should, i didn't enjoy it. the prose is compelling in that i felt compelled to finish it, and i did. i couldn't put it down but i wanted to get it over with. i think the writing is engaging but i will remember no turns of phrase, or kernels of wisdom. i can say it seemed pretty obvious to me who would turn out to be guilty of the crimes in the end, and i was right. all of the characters in this book except for the guilty and the protagonist seemed clear stock types to me: the out-of-towner cop, the sheriff, the older brother of one of the girls killed, his girlfriend, all of the women of the reporter protagonists generation, of her mother's, of her sister's.. i have seen all these characters on sicker episodes of law and order or some other crime procedural, which for the record, i usually have no trouble anticipating the conclusions of either. i won't say i was surprised when i read that author, flynn, was a former television critic for entertainment weekly, in addition to holding a film degree. she has a very firm hold on characterization, and tropes, and she knows just when to serve up something that seems contrary to what you expect, to turn it on its head, and sufficiently creep her reader out. certainly, i exclaimed "this is disgusting" in a crowded subway because i couldn't help myself. if you are looking for a dark and shocking read that includes shades of southern gothic, perversion, and self-mutilation, this may be the book for you. having finished this book, i don't think i ever want to see it again because it didn't really give me anything. it grossed me out, yes, but it never really scared me, or enlightened me, or surprised me. i respect the writing crafted here but i don't admire it. i'm glad that it's finished and i don't have to read it anymore. sharp objects had nuances of an elizabeth george book called missing joseph i once read that i liked better, probably because it was a lot less grotesque, and was more difficult to figure out.

  • Madeline
    2019-05-20 22:40

    This book was so stupid and hysterical and I loved every second of it.

  • Natalie Monroe
    2019-05-01 18:56

    “I just think some women aren't made to be mothers. And some women aren't made to be daughters.” I see what you did there, Gillian Flynn. Very clever. You say women are meant for motherhood? Well, let's play with that shit. Let's play with it good.My mother finally was handed the baby, and she cuddled it ferociously. [...]She pressed her lips hard against the baby's apple slice of a cheek. Then she opened her mouth just slightly, took a tiny bit of flesh between her teeth, and gave it a little bite. You say the majority of serial killers are men? Let's add some equality to that:"It is sort if a wild story, you know? A crazy lady snatches Natalie in broad daylight," he said. "Besides, why would a woman do something like that?""Why would a man do something like that?" I asked."You say women are weak, innocent creatures, like some women's rights activists did in the 1950s and that is why they require shorter working days and maternity leave? Think again.“And sometimes drunk women aren't raped; they just make stupid choices--and to say we deserve special treatment when we're drunk because we're women, to say we need to be looked after, I find offensive.” I once read a study that compares how boys and girls interact during playtime when with the same sex. Boys are more aggressive and enjoy having pissing contests. Girls tend to keep the peace and use more polite terms when correcting wrongs. The author criticizes past research that states girls act that way because they're such good, innocent creatures. No, they're polite and inclusive to win popularity points. We get so caught in feminism lite and getting rid of the wicked-witch caricature that we forget women can be wicked witches sometimes. There are good men, and there are bad men. As such, there are good women, and there are bad women. Gillian said it best on her website:“I particularly mourn the lack of female villains — good, potent female villains. Not ill-tempered women who scheme about landing good men and better shoes (as if we had nothing more interesting to war over), not chilly WASP mothers (emotionally distant isn’t necessarily evil), not soapy vixens (merely bitchy doesn’t qualify either). I’m talking violent, wicked women. Scary women. Don’t tell me you don’t know some. The point is, women have spent so many years girl-powering ourselves — to the point of almost parodic encouragement — we’ve left no room to acknowledge our dark side.”Sharp Objects is a story of bad women. Wicked daughters, wicked stepsisters, and wicked mothers.And yes, it's feminist.

  • Tracy
    2019-05-01 22:58

    This was a book with little plot, going nowhere. I kept waiting for something to start up, or some past mystery to unfold/resolve, but nothing. It was just a story about cruelty and the heartlessness and boredom of women and girls living "it up" in small town Midwest. The narrator, now a Chicago reporter, returns to her hometown, Wind Gap, MO, on the tail of a young girl's disappearance. Camille, the narrator, used to cut words into her skin as teenager, starting after the death of her 9 year old sister, and also because their mother was cold and unloving. Almost near the end, some "plot" is tacked on the that mother is that way because of Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome, and that she killed Camille's sister, and is using that syndrome to make adult Camille and Camille's 13 year old half-sister sick. The whole novel is about nothing but horrible cruelty by girls and tons of repressed sexual energy. I didn't like it. And I hated the way it was "resolved". It reminded me way too much of "Isabella Moon", which also meandered insanely and never had a real plot or resolution.

  • Kaya
    2019-05-12 19:51

    “I just think some women aren't made to be mothers. And some women aren't made to be daughters.”This book was so good. Fast-paced, with a lot of interesting female characters, which is a rarity in modern literature, and a lot dark questions asked. While playing with morbidity and clichés, it never fails to surprise you. With a plain and direct writing style, Flynn shines brightly. A year and half after reading this, I changed my rating to 5 stars, because this book is a true masterpiece. Camille, a reporter in Chicago, comes from a small town and a dysfunctional family. She lost her younger sister when she was 13 and that is when she started cutting herself. You'd think that now when she's all grown up and looking out for herself, she would've worked out most of her psychological problems, but she hasn’t and that fact is shown all over her body. Camille has words on almost every inch of her body that she has been cutting into herself over the last 14 years.After spending some time in a mental hospital she comes back to her hometown to investigate the murders of two 10 year old girls for the newspaper she's working for. Unfortunately,she must deal with the death of her sister again and try to objectively find some exclusive information. She comes from a twisted and cruel family tree - her grandmother Joya with her sick and overprotective behaviour ruined her mother Adora, while Adora with her own share of coldness and squeamish behaviour ruined Camille and both of her sisters Marian and Amma. Camille tries to get along with the mother who never loved her and establish a relationship with the half sister she hardly knows. A half-sister she couldn't even recognize. As the story continues, we find so much about Camille's childhood and her behavior as a teenager. She's covered in so many layers you can't put her into any category. I thought I figured out the ending half way through but Flynn made the ending a jaw dropping one. This book is more than just a plot driven story. Yes, I was wondering who the killer is, but much of the story is about Camille's own issues and how she deals with them upon returning home. I love how Flynn portrays women. She definitely brings something new to contemporary fiction. Women here aren't weak, undecided and two-dimensional, but manipulative, too intelligent for their own good and wicked.In a world where we still have to justify the need for feminism, this book takes a completely different approach. Women aren't shown as helpless victims, instead they're initiators and villains. Society is so used to blaming men for everything bad that happens, but sometimes women can be just as horrible. I loved reading about the bond between the characters and how their personalities were influenced by insanity that seems to run in the family. Flynn created flawed characters that we can empathise with even though it's so hard to love them. They're deeply insecure, fierce and broken women whose destructive emotions have tragic consequences. At 95%, I thought I already knew who the murderer is. Even better, I was even DISAPPOINTED because I have figured it all out so early. While other writers begin to wrap up the story so near the end, Flynn was just getting warmed up to slap us with few more twists. This book is impeccable from first to the last page.“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.”I can't describe how much I love portrayal of women in this book. Of course, they're not shown in the best light, but it's so refreshing to read about female psychology without any man messing with their minds. Other Flynn's book have the same kind of suspense, but don't come near to the perfection of this one. As flawed and broken as Camille is, I still adored her. At least most of the time. Well, except that one time when she wanted to give a guy a blowjob as a way of apology. I wanted her to find out who the killer is before anyone else, escape from her mother's destructive claws and her sister's manipulation and settle with Richard. Camille is smart and reckless. She wants to recover, but doesn't know where to start. Being monumentally fucked up, she's reminded everyday by carves on her skin of the pain and trauma she's experienced. Frankly, she's worth cheering for. Having lost her sister and never knowing motherly or even fatherly love, Camille was a teenage girl who'd let anyone take advantage of her. Not much has changed over the years. "It is sort of a wild story, you know? A crazy lady snatches Natalie in broad daylight," he said. "Besides, why would a woman do something like that?" "Why would a man do something like that?" I asked.I love authors who tend to shove taboos and stereotypes in the face. “And sometimes drunk women aren't raped; they just make stupid choices--and to say we deserve special treatment when we're drunk because we're women, to say we need to be looked after, I find offensive.”Despite of how much she hides it, Camille is very hot-tempered."He needed no foreplay for the interview, and I was grateful. It's like sweet-talking your date when you both know you're about to get laid.”The rare perks of being a journalist.“I’m not one of those reporters who relishes picking through people’s privacy. It’s probably the reason I’m a second-rate journalist.”If you haven't realised it by now, I'm completely in love with Camille. Amma plays the good girl acting younger than 13 for her mother but for others, she's promiscuous and vicious. She controls her friends with fear, sex and drugs. Constantly seeking her mother's approval, she goes from hysteria to ecstasy, from depression to kindness, over and over again. She's a first-class manipulator.“Sometimes if you let people do things to you, you’re really doing it to them,” Amma said, pulling another Blow Pop from her pocket. Cherry. “Know what I mean? If someone wants to do fucked-up things to you, and you let them, you’re making them more fucked up. Then you have the control. As long as you don’t go crazy.”Don't let her fool you, she IS crazy, plain and simple. It's really hard to describe Adora. She's paranoid, cold, manipulative, basically an attention whore. I must've used word "manipulative" at least 10 times by now, ugh. Everything she did to her children is deeply disturbing and don't even let me get started on how she probably brainwashed her husband Alan. I loved all interactions between Camille and Amma. Despite of all her efforts, Camille empathizes and cares for Amma. On the other hand, Amma looks up to Camille in some weird way. Camille tried to save her, but not only Amma was beyond saving, also it's impossible to mend something broken, when you're almost unfixable too.“When I'd been sad, I hurt myself. Amma hurt other people. When I'd wanted attention, I'd submitted myself to boys: Do what you want; just like me. Amma's sexual offerings seemed a form of aggression. Long skinny legs and slim wrists and high, babied voice all aimed like a gun. Do what I want; I might like you.”They're two sides of the same coin, only Amma is the cruel one and Camille is the delicate one. And finally, there is the sick dynamic between Camille and Adora. Though, it's almost non-existent. Except when Camille is ill and helpless. This book is a case where it's completely justified to say parents ruined their children and therefore it's their fault for ongoing tragedy. Check out my blog!

  • Aly's Bookish Wonderland
    2019-04-30 22:02

    It's impossible to compete with the dead. I wished I could stop trying.Here's the thing about Sharp Objects. It makes you feel dirty. Like you've been rolling around in sweat and mud for a week, and no matter how much you shower and scrub, you just cannot get rid of that dirt underneath your skin. It's every bad thought that ever crossed your mind, and every dirty secret you imagine someone could be holding on to. It's toxic.There is no way you can read this and come out of it smiling or even, God forbid, laughing. It's so morbid and painful, that I found myself shocked to part the curtains and see that the sun was shining. I think I even thought to myself, "The sun has no business shining right now."That's Gillian Flynn's writing in total, though. Morbid and painful. It takes the little bad things in life and blows them up to shocking proportions, and then you're reading and thinking, "Is this happening? Is someone out there feeling this way? Acting this way? Living like this?" It's addicting and all consuming, like chocolate.Sharp Objects is a trigger warning for self-harm, alcoholism, and self-destructive behaviour. Drugs? You got it. Rape? Right here, buddy. Alienation from family? Look no further. Whatever you're looking for, Sharp Objects has it... and plenty more. Camille Preaker was only thirteen when her sister died and, living in a family where her mother obsessed over the death, Camille's grief was dealt with by carving words into her skin. I am a cutter, you see. Also a snipper, a slicer, a carver, a jabber. I am a very special case. I have a purpose. My skin, you see, screams. It's covered with words - cook, cupcake, kitty, curls - as if a knife-wielding first-grader learned to write on my flesh. I sometimes, but only sometimes, laugh. Getting out of the bath and seeing, out of the corner of my eye, down the side of a leg: babydoll. Pull on a sweater and, in a flash of my wrist: harmful.It's gory, and shocking, but not angsty whatsoever. The book could've taken a bad turn for me here, but Flynn handled it perfectly.Ten years later, Camille is sent back to her hometown to cover a story for her paper: little girls going missing, turning up dead without their teeth. What some would call "a reporter's wet dream", an instant breakthrough for one's career.But going back to her home town also means facing her nightmares: her mother, her school friends, her past. And it brings the toughest challenges of all, facing what happened when her sister died.There's a very interesting quote in this book, that I adore with my entire being:I was never really on my side in any argument. I liked the Old Testament spitefulness of the phrase got what she deserved. Sometimes women do.Now, wait, before sending the cavalry to get me. In a world where women are victimised every single day, this book takes a completely different outlook. Sometimes, women aren't the victims, but they're the instigators. We're so used to blaming men for everything bad that happens, but sometimes women can be just as bad, if not worse, than men. Women are mean, and that's a fact. We're mean. We hold grudges. We mull over things for ages and ages and ages, and we can be volatile and violent when pressed. A man's fist can hold no light to a woman's nails. Two men fight, and it's over. When two women fight, it's World War Three, and we all know it. We can be incredibly cruel when we want to be, and sometimes we ask for it. In this book, Flynn works with the idea of "evil women" really well. Some parts, I found myself nodding along and thinking, "That's totally right, though." In an interview, she stated: I particularly mourn the lack of female villains — good, potent female villains. Not ill-tempered women who scheme about landing good men and better shoes (as if we had nothing more interesting to war over), not chilly WASP mothers (emotionally distant isn’t necessarily evil), not soapy vixens (merely bitchy doesn’t qualify either). I’m talking violent, wicked women. Scary women. Don’t tell me you don’t know some. The point is, women have spent so many years girl-powering ourselves — to the point of almost parodic encouragement — we’ve left no room to acknowledge our dark side. Dark sides are important. They should be nurtured like nasty black orchids.”Even women can be evil. And I suppose that's the most shocking thing about Sharp Objects, it shows just how evil we can be, especially if pushed.Pre-Review:Holy mother of god, it's Flynn. I have a book hangover and I swear, this author is to me what crack cocaine is to an addict. *falls over**dies inside**reaches for the wine*Review to come. At some point. Maybe.

  • Ninoska Goris
    2019-05-23 19:50

    Español - EnglishLa protagonista tiene fallas como todos la tenemos, pero tiene una forma de narrar que te intriga a seguir leyendo. Cuando era solo una niña murió su hermana y desde entonces escribía palabras con cortes en su piel. Por esto estuvo ingresada en un hospital psiquiátrico.Trabaja como reportera y se ve obligada a ir a su pueblo de infancia a cubrir un reportaje de una niña asesinada y otra desaparecida. Es realmente perturbadora la relación que Camille tiene con su madre, un personaje con demasiadas capas, extraña y perturbada, como la mayoría de los personajes de esta historia.Es una historia oscura y el final es totalmente inesperado y retorcido. Es mi primer libro de drama psicológico y definitivamente no será el último. ✨✨✨The main character has flaws as we all have, but has a way of narrating that intrigues you to continue reading. When she was only a little girl her sister died and since then she wrote words with cuts on her skin. That is why she was admitted to a psychiatric hospital.She works as a reporter and is forced to go to her hometown to cover a murdered girl and another missing. It is really disturbing the relationship that Camille has with her mother, a character with too many layers, strange and disturbed, like most of the characters in this story.It's a dark story and the ending is totally unexpected and twisted.It's my first book of psychological drama and it definitely will not be the last.

  • Arah-Lynda
    2019-05-08 22:00

    Shudder!This is one seriously disturbing, creepy, little story, cut with a gothic edge.It is also the second Gillian Flynn I have read and it is true, I believe her books are best read blind.This one I delved into with next to no knowledge of the story. Perfect.With Camille Preaker, Flynn gives us an unlikely heroine and a narrator to care about. Camille told me this story, deftly uncovering the details of creep over time. This effectively left me unsure that I even wanted to know more and quite unable to stop myself from reading on. (view spoiler)[No question this is one of sickest, most disturbing Mother/Daughter relationships I have ever encountered. It puts the D in dysfunctional. (hide spoiler)]“Now it cuts like a knifeBut it feels so rightYa it cuts like a knife But it feels so right”Who would believe that this is a debut novel?It blew my socks off. Well, peeled them off actually, with short, sure strokes.Trust me; let Flynn tell you this story.It is best that way.