Sharp Objects–Book Review



Gillian Flynn’s debut novel, Sharp Objects, is an ugly story beautifully written.

She is a brilliant writer but this is a tale of darkness. Of disturbing acts. Of broken people.

Stephen King blurbed her book and said it best: “…I found myself dreading the last thirty pages or so but was helpless to stop turning them. Then after the lights were out, the story just stayed there in my head, coiled and hissing, like a snake in a cave. An admirably nasty piece of work, elevated by sharp writing and sharper insights.”

The writing is top notch and the story  unfolds perfectly on the page. It is the height of tragedy, the depth of depravity, the width of wickedness. All in one slim volume.

Read it, I dare you.





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12 Responses to Sharp Objects–Book Review

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    I have this one on my bookshelf, and I can’t wait to read it. Especially now. 🙂

  2. Pete Denton says:

    Sounds good. I’ve downloaded the sample and will take it from there. Already building my 2013 reading list faster than I will be able to read them!

    • There’s been so much buzz around her book Gone Girl, I wanted to check out her debut. Glad I did. It’s not my typical reads but it was quite an experience. And how can you not read a debut book that Stephen King blurbs? 🙂

  3. It’s bleak and brutal enough here. May skip this one- the cover does have a edgy sharpness (so congrats to the designer, I guess!)

    • I hear you. I tend to internalize too much of what I read and see. And the world has so much bleakness in it. I prefer my fiction to end on a more hopeful note. 🙂 It was a very striking cover. Definitely drew me in.

  4. berry says:

    I love dares.

  5. jmmcdowell says:

    Like Mouse, I have to pass on this one. My view of the world is usually bad enough. Horrific, cruel, terrifying, and painful acts, whether real or fictional, hit me too hard and stay with me too long. I can’t avoid them in the real world, so I stay away in the fictional.

    • I completely understand. This book left me very unsettled. I learned a lot from it, but it was not an easy time getting there. I think that’s a good call. For the most part, I choose fiction that is inspiring or leaves me a smidge more hopeful. This was a gift from a friend and it sounded very intriguing. But it was a departure from my normal reading patterns. 😉

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