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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (39,925 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gillian Flynn Narrator: Ann Marie Le Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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, well-crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.

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Quotes & Awards

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

    Stephen King

  • “A witty, stylish, and compelling debut. A real winner.”

    Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author of Stay Close

  • “Sharp, clean, exciting writing that grabs you from the first page. A real pleasure.”

    Kate Atkinson, New York Times bestselling author of Started Early, Took My Dog

  • “A gripping, substantive story, stripped of cliché and crafted with great style.”

    Augesten Burroughs, New York Times bestselling author of This Is How

  • “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.”


  • “First-time novelist Flynn is a natural-born thriller.”

    People Style Watch

  • “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.”


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


  • “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

  • “Sinister, sexy, and stylish.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Flynn writes with impressive authenticity about difficult, often painful, subject matter. As its title suggests, Sharp Objects is a cutting, incisive read.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

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

    Publishers Weekly

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


  • “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

  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Candy Tiley | 2/20/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeannette | 2/19/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kbpolizzi | 2/7/2014

    " Liked this better than Gone Girl. Creepy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Danna | 2/6/2014

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

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