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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. 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 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 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. 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. 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 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 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 readthrillers, 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 sthan 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 Justdon 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. 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. 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