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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 2017-09-23 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
Wow
Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn

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

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review 2016-06-14 19:19
Sharp Objects
Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn

I´m going to grant Gillian Flynn one thing: she writes compelling stories and I finished this book within two days.

But oh boy, this book is disgusting. It´s like Flynn tried to put everything that can be remotely offending to people in one book (and this comes from a person, who is not easily offended). And she just overdoes it, because I never felt like this story could have happened anywhere exactly like that. The same goes for the characters. I can´t believe that almost all the residents in one town can be so horrible, disgusting and vile and no one does something about it. I like a shred of realism in the stories I read and I certainly didn´t find it in this book. 

I hardly noticed the big and surprising twist at the end and when it came up I was utterly flabbergasted how ridiculous this whole book is (because, how you can be remotely surprised that person X is the murderer?)

 

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text 2016-06-12 20:04
Reading progress update: I've read 104 out of 321 pages.
Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn

I wonder if someone puts drugs in the local water supply, because everyone in this town is batshit crazy.

 

Haven´t made up my mind yet if I´m going to like this book or not, but it definitely is disconcerting.

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