Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects

A Novel

Book - 2006
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WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.

Baker & Taylor
Reluctantly returning to her hometown after an eight-year absence to investigate the murders of two preteen girls, reporter Camille Preaker is reunited with her neurotic mother and enigmatic, thirteen-year-old half-sister as she works to uncover the truth about the killings, a probe that leads her all too close to the secrets of her own past. A first novel. 75,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.
Since she left town twelve years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with and eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims - a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

Baker
& Taylor

Returning to her hometown after an eight-year absence to investigate the murders of two girls, reporter Camille Preaker is reunited with her neurotic mother and enigmatic, thirteen-year-old half-sister as she works to uncover the truth about the killings.

Publisher: New York : Shaye Areheart Books, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307341549
0307341542
9780307341556
Characteristics: 254 p. ; 25 cm

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kaylenebrady
Sep 19, 2017

EXTREMELY dark story. Interesting and fairly well done, it stays with you. Not in a good way. I'm done with her books.

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wendyheath
Aug 11, 2017

Being made into HBO show

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kwsmith
Jun 25, 2017

This sharp mystery novel is mostly about horrible people doing horrible things. In some respects, the central mystery is overshadowed by Flynn's successful use of extremely creepy horror elements. I was disappointed to see Flynn struggle with her pacing throughout this book; the middle section plods along like an overburdened pack mule! But the clever story wraps up with a few pointy surprises at the end, so it's all good.

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cassmazza
Jun 06, 2017

A bit predictable, but a very good book regardless.

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ryner
Jan 27, 2017

Camille, a newspaper reporter for a second-string Chicago paper, is dispatched to rural Missouri to cover the case of a missing pre-teen. The residents of Wind Gap, which also happens to be Camille's own hometown, are understandably on edge after another young girl was found murdered only a year prior and Camille, without much of a travel budget, is forced to crash with her estranged and eccentric family. Despite the odd dynamics in both lodging and her own local history, Camille immediately sets to work talking with detectives and local residents for her stories as they all attempt to solve the mystery.

I appear to be in the minority in not caring much for this book at all. While the story itself was just mediocre, the more serious problem is that the protagonist was shallow, unlikable, and had a habit of making colossally poor choices.

Although it is pretty easy to guess the murderer by mid book, the story is about dysfunctional parenting in a dysfunctional town. I would have enjoyed this book more if description of cutting and vomit and hangovers was less sordid. There are few friends to whom I would recommend this book; the plot is interesting but the characters are vile.

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Lisarubee
Dec 14, 2016

I actually like this better than Gone Girl. Very easy read, A journalist goes home to follow murders happening in her home town, and has to interact with her estranged family. A creepy, psychotically strange mother and a spoilt much younger sister. She's dealing with issues of her own, but the murders of children continue to happen and the journalist in her must discover what's happening as well as her family.

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trincm
Oct 12, 2016

Was ok, liked Gone Girl better but still a good read.

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rahmmie
Oct 01, 2016

The writing style is quite original and the plot has several interesting twists (leading to the big one at the end).

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AngelaWard1
May 31, 2016

Sorry, knew who the killer was very early into the book. Oh well!

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