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Disturbing story Disturbing characters This book will make you feel uncomfortable, that s what Gillian Flynn does best I m not sure I loved it but it s definitely the best written thriller I ve read so far this year still only getting 3.5 stars though I did suspect the right people but the twists were still well disturbing 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 da 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 onmental 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 lotabout 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 twocharacters 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 sweet jesus. 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 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 wouldI 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 M nchausen 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 readingof Gillian Flynn s novels 5 stars 3.4 5 Stars The face you give the world tells the world how to treat you Wow well this was disturbing And sick and twisted and depraved and degenerate Possibly incest I liked it But didn t love it Prior to reading this book, I had watched the mini series from HBO And then naturally, I bought the book and didn t read it until now Yes, the series came out 2 years ago and I m reading the book in 2020, shut up But let s talk about it.Camille was a very interesting protagonist to 3.4 5 Stars The face you give the world tells the world how to treat you Wow well this was disturbing And sick and twisted and depraved and degenerate Possibly incest I liked it But didn t love it Prior to reading this book, I had watched the mini series from HBO And then naturally, I bought the book and didn t read it until now Yes, the series came out 2 years ago and I m reading the book in 2020, shut up But let s talk about it.Camille was a very interesting protagonist to read about She has a very dark past, a disturbed family, history of violence, abuse and self harm and now after years of not being back to her hometown and having being saved so to speak, she ends up back in the rabbit hole Which brings back many bad memories, awkward meetings with old classmates, gossip, and most importantly a reunion with her toxic mother I didn t like Camille as a person She was very unlikable and snobbish to me But I liked reading about her and delvinginto her psyche Finally a good unlikable characters book.The storyline was pretty basic, two little girls are killed in a small town reporter has to go there and write an article about it but in this case the reporter is from the town This fucking town man Is this how people are like in small towns in America Like honestly, 13 years olds acting like 18 years olds What the fuck was that about They could just up the ages a tiny bit 15 would have beenrealistic Looking like that and acting like that at 13 does not happen often Maybe they could have done this with Amma only, which yes was the most popular and mean girl in school blah blah blah, but the other girls don t really fall much behind They are in middle school for God s sake No Couldn t buy it Tell me please, if 13 year olds in America act like this, I truly want to know.The mystery was thrilling but at times it fell flat There are moments were the plot was backtracking I could say I can t really explain it but I guess I could say some things felt very repetitive sometimes Conversations and characters mostly Also thoughts in Camille s mind and the way she expressed them Maybe this book could be smaller and it would beimpactful and fast paced.One of my biggest problems with this book was the ending and the twist The revelation was written in such a weird way that I literally had to go back to my audiobook and book yes I listen to audiobooks at 2.3 while reading the book too to read faster, trust me it works, especially if you re bilingual to understand what the fuck just happened Luckily, I didn t remember the twist from the mini series and when I remembered it I got that OH SHIT HOW DID I FORGET THIS but the presentation could have been better It was a good plot twist buried by the writing and presentation.To sum up, this was a good but not great mystery thriller for me If you enjoy mystery thrillers that depend mostly on abusive relationships and character studies, you will like this a lotIf you want good world building and a nice plot twist, you won t like it extremely much And before I go FUCK THE MOTHER K bye 2.5 Stars Unfortunately, I did not love this book and it is probably my least favorite of Gillian Flynn s work As this was her debut, I m happy to say I feel her later works show great improvement and a lot of strength.CW self harm, sexualization of children, murder, child abuse I don t normally put content warnings under spoilers but this warning is so integral to the ending AND it s so specific that I don t want people attacking me for spoiling the book view spoiler Munchausen By Proxy 2.5 Stars Unfortunately, I did not love this book and it is probably my least favorite of Gillian Flynn s work As this was her debut, I m happy to say I feel her later works show great improvement and a lot of strength.CW self harm, sexualization of children, murder, child abuse I don t normally put content warnings under spoilers but this warning is so integral to the ending AND it s so specific that I don t want people attacking me for spoiling the book view spoiler Munchausen By Proxy hide spoiler I think Gillian Flynn is a brilliant writer, but it was quite obvious that Sharp Objects was her debut Her prose remains easy to engage with, but it is muchsimplistic compared to her later works That being said, the writing was one of the elements I actually appreciated in this story.I didn t particularly love the plot of the story The idea of children being murdered and a journalist having to return to their small hometown was super intriguing to me, but the execution fell flat in my opinion The darkness I constantly see associated with this book is definitely present this book is not for the faint of heart, but truthfully, the story was boring in my opinion I understand some people love small town stories that focus on gossip and rumors, but it s not my cup of tea I was missing the exhilarating plot twists from Gone Girl and Dark Places It was very slow and for the most part, anticlimactic to me I felt there were so many opportunities forenticing, eventful scenes to be included but it was taken over by bland character interactions.The big reveals plot twists are difficult to discuss because my experience is an amalgamation of This is surprising and This is expected I feel the best way to describe it is I felt the resolution of the story was clever and well constructed, but it was partially anticipated I feel the minute details surrounding the resolution were stronger than the big reveal itself if that makes sense Additionally, the ending felt very rushed as the truth of the mystery is revealed through Camille recollecting the events instead of being shown actively through the story I think it would have been much stronger had we followed the revaluation in real time along with Camille s initial reactions as opposed to having the events relayed to readers at a later time Again, I feel this is a marker of this novel being Flynn s debut work and I can confirm that there is little telling, not showing in her future books Overall, I wasn t a fan of Sharp Objects, I think it just wasn t for me, but I ll continue to love Gillian Flynn s work 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 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 Sheriff 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 Amy Adams as Camille Preaker image from NY TimesCamille 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 Camille s 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.Eliza Scanlen as Amma CrellinHer 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 learnabout 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.Patricia Clarkson as Adora CrellinThere 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 etchbelievable characters, give us material we could dig into a little deeper The images except for the author s are from the HBO mini series made from the book 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 BTW, Powell s moved the location of this file Thanks to sharp eyed Marty Fried, it is linked again.NY Times Gillian Flynn Peers Into the Dark Side of Femininity by Lauren Oyler Nov 8, 2018 Update 10 2018Doesn t seem that edgy 8 years later We are not lacking in female anti heroes now The novel and the show complement each other rather well Liked the neater ending of the bookthough, but the show is a visual feast Interesting how the show creators chickened out and made Amma older, to not offend our sensibilities Amy Adams is fantastic as Camille.Original reviewIf you ask me which words come into my mind first whenever I think of this book, my answer will be nasty, dark, Update 10 2018Doesn t seem that edgy 8 years later We are not lacking in female anti heroes now The novel and the show complement each other rather well Liked the neater ending of the bookthough, but the show is a visual feast Interesting how the show creators chickened out and made Amma older, to not offend our sensibilities Amy Adams is fantastic as Camille.Original reviewIf 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 muchthan 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 familyFor 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 ways 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 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 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 `Free Kindle ⇴ Sharp Objects ⇻ 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 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 Librarian s Note this is an alternate cover edition ISBN ISBN