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review 2017-10-19 00:00
Sharp Objects
Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn Well, my original suspicion from somewhere around 25-30% was correct. I was hoping I was wrong and there would be some great twist, but it was still a well-told story.

I didn't love this book. I tried to read Gone Girl a few times and just couldn't get into it, but I decided to try this one anyway, because it fit a prompt for a read-a-thon I'm participating in this October. It's not a bad book or anything like that, I'm just not a much of a thriller-reader.

This was a tough book to get through, for me, because I found myself relating way too much to Camille. I had to put the book down a few times because of that. I liked Camille, Curry & Eileen, and John, but not really anyone else. I guess that's intentional and expected. There aren't really many likable characters in this book, which I actually liked. It's refreshing to read unlikable characters, especially women. It's a nice change from the overly-nice (whether false or natural) female characters who are basically doormats, living as they're "supposed to" because they're women. It's always interesting to me to read about women who don't fit in those boxes and actually seem like real people, flawed, rough-edged, etc.

I kept waiting for a big twist to come, but never got it. I guess Amma being the real killer of Natalie and Ann was supposed to be a surprise, but I suspected her from the first couple of chapters and was almost 100% certain it was her before I was a third of the way into the book.
I wasn't shocked at all about the Munchhausen by Proxy and Adora being responsible for Marian's death, and also poisoning Amma and Camille. I guess I was a little surprised by Adora being accused and arrested for Natalie & Ann's murders. She was my second suspect, but I thought the Amma-revealed-as-murderess "twist" was going to come out before Adora was arrested/accused for those murders. So, I guess it was a little surprising that Amma got away with it for so long.

Basically, it was pretty predictable from the very beginning, but still...saying it was a fun/enjoyable/entertaining read sounds wrong, but close enough. I don't know if I'll read any other Gillian Flynn books in the future, but this one was ok.
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review 2017-10-15 17:33
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

OMG!! So many twists and turns!! The characters were total train wrecks and utterly despicable, but I found that I couldn't stop reading!! You think you had it figured out, then BAM!, another twist. Hated the ending, though.

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review 2017-10-02 03:16
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Dark Places - Gillian Flynn

Here's the thing. I was sort of happy to read this, even though dark fiction isn't really my thing, because it was partly set in my stomping grounds. A book set in Kansas City? Woot! Bring it!


I should have known better - I should have known a book about the train-wrecked lives of the survivors of a prairie style satanic axe/knife/gun/strangulation murder of a family would probably not really paint the picture of Midwest life that I was so hoping. I know, surprise, surprise. Sometimes my optimism shocks even me.


Libby Day, youngest daughter of the Day family, survived a brutal night that took her entire family from her, killing her two sisters and mother, and jailing Ben Day, her only brother and presumed murderer. Twenty-four years later, Libby is out of charity money, utterly broke and the very definition of maladjusted.


Desperate to avoid working for money, Libby finds a unique opportunity with a local group called the Kill Club. This club of amateur sleuths dedicated to solving cold cases believes that Ben Day is innocent and is willing to pay Libby to help them solve the murder. Libby finds that the truth becomes more irresistible to her than she previously imagined. She becomes brave, digging through her past, both in boxes and on doorsteps, until she uncovers the dangerous and devastating truth.


I commend Gillian's tight plotting. I love when a story is crafted well from beginning to end and you can visualize the loop towards the close. What wasn't so great for me was that I had the mystery nearly guessed. Sort of took the wind out of the sails at the climax.


This wasn't so dark that I loathed everything - the characters were appropriately messed up, if I may state it that way, and not quite as off putting as I imagined. It didn't put me off from trying another and think that I will Sharp Objects a try.




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review 2017-09-23 22:42
Sharp Objects
Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn

Camille Preaker is a reporter in Chicago. Her boss thinks it would be a good idea for her to return to her hometown in Missouri to cover the murder of two preteen girls before someone else gets hold of the story first. To say Camille does not get along with her mother is an understatement - she is a neurotic, hypochondriac who never showed her daughter any love. And she doesn't know her half-sister, Amma - a popular, mean girl who seems to run the town. But here she is back at her childhood home, staying in her old bedroom. And she uncovers one ugly truth after the other.


Wow. What a messed up family. Something definitely was not right within the walls of the Crellin's old mansion, you could feel it. I really liked Camille, I felt sorry for her having to grow up like that and the actions she took to try to cope or punish herself. And I did like Amma. She felt very three-dimensional to me. The pace of the story was great. We get clues here and there. But I did not expect that ending!

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review 2017-07-22 22:20
Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn

Totally messed up and a little predictable, but thoroughly difficult to put down.

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