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Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn

georgia24's review against another edition

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challenging dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

jlarsenlegal's review against another edition

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3.0

Predictable ending.

nscharn's review against another edition

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dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0

This thriller follows Camille, a reporter, who must return to her small hometown to cover the story of two recent killings of young girls. Camille is faced with a challenge - to return to her hometown and stay with her estranged mother and step sister while trying to uncover the truth. Camille needs to get a good story for a much needed big break in her career. But can she handle this trip back home? 

This book was simply not for me. I found the characters unlikeable and I didn't feel connected to them. Not with one person in the whole town. 

The writing wasn't bad, but I felt like some information was irrelevant to the story. It seemed long and certain parts were boring? Which usually is not the case for thrillers. Still wondering the relevance of these hogs.. 

The storyline didn't pick up until about 75% of the way in.  And still, everything wrapped up quickly and the ending was predictable and anticlimactic. I probably wouldn't have finished this one if not for buddy reading it. 

Flynn's debut novel fell flat for me. Rating it 2 stars. Not sure if I'll pick another one up from this author. Although, I have read good reviews from her later novels. 

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crybbyxxx's review against another edition

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dark emotional mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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aliceinbooklandd's review against another edition

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5.0

Brilliant. Accidentally spoiled it for myself and still was shocked by the ending

sarah_boo_hoo's review against another edition

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dark mysterious medium-paced

2.0

ninielfaun's review against another edition

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2.0

Even with the captivating writing that Gillian Flynn provides, the story did not hold up. There's nothing (or anyone) to like here and that's not just because of the characters' personalities. The story was a slow burn that never quite built into anything, with plots and clichés that tried to be more than they were. I really wanted to love this book, sticking by in the hopes the ending would unravel into something unexpected.

It didn't.

Sharp Objects felt as though I was reading a Lifetime movie. If you're a fan of those specials and don't mind a twisted, darker edge to what lays underneath, you might enjoy this book for what it offers. Honestly, it's one of the few I would pass over in recommendation and advise friends to wait and watch instead. Perhaps, if the script favors anything like Gone Girl's adaptation, it will be more interesting than the book itself.

hb6wdy's review against another edition

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challenging dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0

lisa_s68's review against another edition

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5.0

My favorite of Gillian Flynn's 3 novels! I enjoyed all of them but this one was the best and had me turning the pages and surprised at the ending.

duffymn's review against another edition

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4.0

This was a good thriller! Now I get to watch the series!