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Author: Gillian Flynn Narrator: Ann Marie Lee Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780739340189

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NOW AN HBO® LIMITED SERIES STARRING AMY ADAMS, NOMINATED FOR EIGHT EMMY AWARDS, INCLUDING OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF GONE GIRL 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. Praise for Sharp Objects “Nasty, addictive reading.”Chicago Tribune   “Skillful and disturbing.”Washington Post   “Darkly original . . . [a] riveting tale.”People

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  • “An admirably nasty piece of work, elevated by sharp writing and sharper insights.”

    - Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “A witty, stylish, and compelling debut. A real winner.”

    - Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author of Stay Close
  • “A compulsively readable psychological thriller that marks [a] dazzling debut.”

    - Chicago Sun Times
  • “Skillful and disturbing…Flynn writes so well. Sometimes she dips her pen in acid, sometimes she is lyrical, but always she chooses her words deftly.”

    - Washington Post
  • “A deeply creepy exploration of small-town midwestern values and boasts one of the most deliciously dysfunctional families to come along in a while…[Flynn] handles the narrative with confidence and a…high level of skill.”

    - San Francisco Chronicle
  • “More in the tradition of Joyce Carol Oates than Agatha Christie, this one will leave readers profoundly disturbed. But from the first line…you know you’re in the hands of a talented and accomplished writer.”

    - Boston Globe
  • “Darkly original…Flynn expertly ratchets up the suspense…A disturbing yet riveting tale.”

    - People
  • “Don’t look here for unrelenting self-deprecation and the moping over men common chick lit…I promise you’ll be thoroughly unnerved at the end.”

    - Newsweek
  • “As suspenseful as the V. C. Andrews books you shared in high school but much smarter.”

    - Glamour
  • “Brilliant…Mesmerizing…A stunning, powerful debut from someone who truly has something to say.”

    - San Jose Mercury News
  • “[Flynn’s] skillful blending of old tragedies with new culminated in an ‘oh-my-gosh’ moment that I never saw coming. This book simply blew me away.”

    - Kansas City Star
  • “[A] breathtaking debut…Written with multiple twists and turns, Sharp Objects is a work of psychological prowess and page-turning thrills.”

    - Richmond Times
  • “[Flynn] is the real deal. Her story, writing, and the characters will worm their way uncomfortably beneath your skin…[Sharp Objects is] written with anguish and lyricism.”

    - Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • “[Flynn] offers up a literary thriller that’s a doozy…and she does it with wit and grit, a sort of Hitchcock visits Stephen King…[Sharp Objects] is a tough tale told with remarkable clarity and dexterity, particularly for a first-time author.”

    - Denver Post
  • “A tense, irresistable thriller…Flynn’s first-person narration is pitch-perfect, but even more impressive is the way she orchestrates the slim novel’s onrushing tension toward a heart-stopping climax.”

    - Seatlle Post-Intelligencer
  • “Using understated, almost stark prose, Flynn paints a jagged, unflinching portrait of the vise-like psychological bonds between women and how their demons lead to the perpetuation of cruelties upon themselves and others. The end result is an unsettling portrait of how long emotional wounds can last—and how deeply they hurt.”

    - Baltimore Sun
  • “[A] chilling debut thriller…[Flynn] writes fluidly of small-town America.” 

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “A stylish turn on dark crimes and even darker psyches.”

    - Booklist
  • “Flynn delivers a great whodunit, replete with hinting details, telling dialogue, dissembling clues. Better yet, she offers appalling, heartbreaking insight into the darkness of her women’s lives…Piercingly effective and genuinely terrifying.”

    - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “A first novel that reads like the accomplished work of a long-time pro, the book draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction…All in all, a terrific debut.”

    - Chicago Tribune

Awards

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of the 2007 CWA New Blood Dagger
  • Winner of the 2007 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger
  • A 2007 Barry Award Finalist for Best First Novel
  • Selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • A 2007 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • USA Today bestseller

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " So we’ll narrated by Ann Marie Lee. "

    - Charlie, 8/18/2018
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Very unusual character and story. I can see why this would not appeal to everyone but I thought it rang true to the main character as she struggled with her past. She was also not a one dimensional person so that gave it depth and substance. "

    - Candy, 2/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Creepy, dark & compelling. The first page or two feels like a Dashiell Hammett hard-boiled read with short, staccato sentences, setting the tone. The ending "explanation" is a bit tacked, but no matter, because I still enjoyed the ride. "

    - Jeannette, 2/19/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Liked this better than Gone Girl. Creepy! "

    - Kbpolizzi, 2/7/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Good book, like this author. Lots of challenges and in true fashion, a Gillian Flynn page turner. "

    - Danna, 2/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This book kind of started out slow and I figured out the who done it by the middle, but of course had to read it to the end anyways. "

    - Kelley, 2/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " So disturbing and scary. I could not put it down. "

    - Erin, 1/27/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Disturbing. What does this say about me? Ha! This book was rather dark and twisted too, but Gillian really gives you a rare glimpse into people's flawed lives and makes you question who you really know. "

    - Lynda, 1/23/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " not nearly as creative as Gone girl and I really didn't like it. "

    - Cathy, 1/22/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I am giving this 3 stars not because I liked it-- It kept me up til 130 reading and then the rest of the night to scared to sleep. But I give it 3 stars because I think that was its aim, and it succeeded. Definitely well done, its creepiness sticks with me "

    - Monique, 1/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I'm really starting to like this author. Gone Girl left me speechless, this was a little less dramatic but excellently written and had me not wanting to stop reading. I love how the characters are 'human' and not predictable. A great book. "

    - Tiffany, 1/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I liked this one more than Gone Girl. It was very dark but believable and really interesting. "

    - Jeannie, 1/7/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I found this book to be pretty dark, but it was interesting and suspenseful. I had a hard time putting it down. "

    - Kara, 12/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " So raw and dark that my heart broke - for that reason I'm not sure I'd recommend it to a friend. But talk about conveying feeling and a sense of unraveling a mystery. Wow. Amazingly written. "

    - Patti, 12/18/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Kind of disturbing, and a little far-fetched near the end, but hard to put down. "

    - Masonlowe, 12/6/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This is not the genre I usually go for, maybe that is why I was a bit disappointed at the way the mistery unravels. The writing is great, raw and complex as are the characters. However, I wasn't surprised by the ending and found it quite predictable. "

    - Maria, 11/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Wow can she dream up some sick and twisted characters. Intriguing! And I love her twists at the end of the story. "

    - Kerry, 11/23/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Loved this book! Quick read kept me guessing!!! "

    - Katherine, 11/21/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Good, but such a dysfunctional family, it was almost hard to read... "

    - Susan, 11/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " started the Gillian Flynn obsession "

    - Kristine, 9/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The creepiest, most graphic novel I have ever read. Not my type of book at all...yet I couldn't put it down! "

    - Amber, 8/19/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Creepy. Gillian Flynn knows disfunction, that's for sure. "

    - Jill, 6/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This book was fab.. Can't wait to read the others.... "

    - Lisa, 12/26/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A dark and disturbing thriller. I liked the writing style of Gillian Flynn "

    - Cassandra, 10/26/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Read this book in two days! Crazy good but disturbing in parts. "

    - Mary, 9/16/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " It dragged in the beginning, but eventually picked up towards the middle. The reader is misled a few times, but everything starts making sense. Gillian Flynn is an amazing writer. She paints the gruesome picture for you and her characters have personality and are so real! "

    - Melissa, 8/20/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " It was sickly good! "

    - Kathleen, 8/7/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I kept hearing how great Ms. Gillian is, but this book must be a first because it is weak. It is readable, but the story is slow and not compelling. "

    - Keith, 9/19/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Fun, but not as entertaining as Gone Girl. "

    - Robin, 8/12/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A page turner but not even close to the great Gone Girl. She's clearly honing her craft in Sharp Objects but it's predictable and overwrought. "

    - Lyn, 7/23/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Good story and easy read. Story flowed and some parts surprised me- didn't have me at the edge of my seat but was a good story. "

    - Tammy, 7/19/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Oh my...now I want words tattooed all over. Quick and exciting read. "

    - Erin, 6/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Amazing read. Very impressed :) "

    - Chelle, 5/25/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " The chapter where Camille admits to being a cutter was hard for me to handle but the book as a whole was good. I loved the end. "

    - Chelsea, 5/18/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Quite an interesting and dark book. I was going to give it a 3.9 but I'll just round it up. "

    - He-who-must-not-be-named, 5/16/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Quick, fast, edge of your seat thriller. To say it was also creepy is an understatement. "

    - Mindy, 5/14/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Very slow paced and a rubbish ending. Will not be rushing to read any more by this author. "

    - Claire, 5/12/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Yikes! Not sure what else to say but that Sharp Objects is one wicked story. Wicked. Disturbing. Depressing. Lots of bad things that add up to one really good story. "

    - Chris, 5/9/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Second time reading this book. It's my favorite. Excellent story and very well written. It's often painful to watch the main character make such poor decisions. "

    - Celeste, 4/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Awsome book and well written!! Could not put it down til i knew who was doing the killing! Can not wait to read more from this author :) "

    - Teresa, 4/25/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Dark and twisted and full of twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end! Just when you think you know.....you really don't. A great read! Great character's and story line! "

    - Susan, 4/23/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Very good, could not put it down! "

    - Dina, 4/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is the second book I've read by Gillian Flynn. Totally creepy and addictive reading. I eagerly await her next novel. "

    - Erin, 4/20/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " for this being her 1st book i'm satisfied.sometimes plot had lack of imagination and it was predictable but generally it's a book that it's easily read. "

    - Jimmakos, 4/20/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This book was well-written and eerie, but I felt like the two most likely endings became obvious far too early in the novel. "

    - Katie, 4/20/2011

About the Author

Gillian Flynn is the chief television critic at Entertainment Weekly. Her debut novel, Sharp Objects, was an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two Dagger Awards. She lives in Chicago with her family.

About the Narrator

Ann Marie Lee is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She is a Los Angeles–based actress with television credits that include ER, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Nip/Tuck. Her stage performances for Broadway National Tours and regional theater include Peter Pan, As You Like It, Heartbreak House, and The Cherry Orchard.