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Sharp Objects

A Novel
Lu par : Ann Marie Lee
Durée : 9 h et 34 min
4 out of 5 stars (8 notations)

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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 psychiatric 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 13-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, she 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.

©2006 Gillian Flynn (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Commentaires

Mystery Writers of America 2007 Edgar Nominee, Best First Novel by an American Author

"A witty, stylish, and compelling debut. A real winner." (Harlan Coben)

"Flynn delivers a great whodunit.... Piercingly effective and genuinely terrifying." (Kirkus Reviews)

"To say this is a terrific debut novel is really too mild. I haven't read such a relentlessly creepy family saga since John Farris' All Heads Turn as the Hunt Goes By, and that was 30 years ago, give or take. Sharp Objects isn't one of those scare-and-retreat books; its effect is cumulative. I found myself dreading the last 30 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." (Stephen King) 

Ce que les auditeurs disent de Sharp Objects

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simply perfect

Awesome story and great performance by Ann Marie lee. could not stop listening! definitely recommend

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A must read!

I have no words! Gosh, the last part! What a twist... Love it! Want more!

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  • Kelley
  • 26/01/2008

I agree with Stephen King

There's something almost magnetic about this book. It quickly becomes hard to listen to and impossible not to. The author has virtually every family disfunction ever featured on Lifetime in this book and I did not roll my eyes once. I can't tell you what or how without ruining the agonizing unraveling for you but I think it takes a very skilled pen indeed to make so much seem so natural. At the end I felt real grief for the central character.
The narrator's performance is flawlessly understated and adds to the mesmerizing almost 'real-time hyper-reality' of this unbelievable story.
If you've any interest at all in the dark side of small town life and of the american family, I think you will love this book.

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  • theenglishmajor
  • 14/02/2014

Pitch Perfect Performance

I selected this book because I enjoyed "Gone Girl" so much. "Sharp Objects" is equally as brilliant and in some ways, better. Like "Gone Girl", there is an element of suspense that keeps the reader involved until the end. These characters are equally as flawed and as brilliantly portrayed as the characters in Gone Girl. When I was in college, a group of friends in my dorm used to recite dialogue from the movie classic "The Bad Seed" and I found myself thinking of that movie as I was listening. Part "Bad Seed", a little "Lolita" with a bit of Patricia Highsmith thrown in for good measure, the book leaves the reader wondering where the author comes up with her ideas.
The narrator was perfect, one of the best matches I have come across between a book and reader. Not only did she truly differentiate the characters, but her reading pace was perfect.
I knew nothing about the premise of the book before I started listening, and I believe that added to my enjoyment.
I think Gillian Flynn is a gifted young writer, and I look forward to reading more of her novels.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 19/09/2018

Unbelievable and Predictable

The narration is incredible, but the story leaves something to be desired. In the beginning, it seems to be really promising, but quickly falls apart towards the middle. I understand bullying and gossip in a small town, but as someone who is FROM a small southern town, I just couldn't believe any of it. The things the townspeople did just. Aren't things people do. There is also an obsession on sex, which makes sense somewhat, but it is drawn out way too much. Also there's a lot of forced underage sex, more than simple pre-teen/teen peer pressure, and it definitely gets uncomfortable after a while. Seriously, please stop describing a 13 year old's breasts. I got it the first time. Personally, the other "gore" didn't bother me, so I don't think it was a problem.

There are only TWO likable characters, and they are minor and only appear rarely throughout via phone calls. The entire plot is extremely predictable. No spoilers, but seriously I don't understand how people were surprised by the reveal. There were some really good moments that had potential, but overall the unbelievable characters and predictable plot left me disappointed.

Also the romantic subplots were a joke. They didn't make any sense and had no impact on the story other than emphasizing SEX.

P.S. You don't need to repeat the same foreshadowing line 300 times. I get it: "A woman would never do such a thing"

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  • Amanda
  • 15/06/2012

Cutting Words

Having discovered the author (Gillian Flynn) when reading her newest release, I promptly decided to try one of her other 2 books. I selected Dark Places, and found it to be one of the best books I've ever read. That is how I found myself here with Sharp Objects; looking forward to the anticipated quality of the work, but already bracing myself for the emotional hit this author packs.

Just as Camille violently cuts her chosen words into her skin, permanently etching them into herself, so does the author, Gillian Flynn, violently cut HER chosen words into the reader; permanently etching them into you. Each cut hurts; but like Camille, we continue on; by continuing to read the story.

This is not a happy book. Not all all. Not one little bit. It's about petty people, hurtful people, evil people...and all the one-time innocents they have damage so badly, they grow into the next generation of hate. And the cycle, in the forsaken town of Wind Gap, continues on through generations.

And still, we read on; because the author has pulled us into this hypnotic web. We continue with the cutting words.

I found this book excellent. The story seemed to have a life of it's own, moving in unexpected directions and growing into the final chapter; by which you understand that no other ending would have been possible.

If the description above hasn't put you off, and you are prepared for the language, violence, and disturbing sexual content, then this book may be for you. I found it haunting and very well done.

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  • Whit
  • 02/11/2018

Super obvious

This is a mystery where the solution is so obvious that you’ll guess it quickly.

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  • Connie G
  • 04/10/2012

Excellent Story. Excellent Writing.

This is the 3rd book by Gillian Flynn that I have read. I started with the most recent and worked backwards but it made no difference.
Ms Flynn's writing style is excellent and Sharp Objects is no exception.

Ms. Flynn is tuned into the emotions and feelings of her subjects and makes them come alive on the pages. It is as if I "knew" the protaganist, Camille, or I know someone like her.
I personally could relate to the small Midwestern town, the violence, the closeness.

Once again, I thought I had the story and the ending figured out and with a quick twist, it was completely different.

Ann Marie Lee did a great job with the narration.

Not only would I recommend Sharp Objects, but also any other book penned by Gillian Flynn.

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  • Mary Lundin
  • 30/09/2018

Really Stupid

This book is filled with unbelievable characters. The main character is someone who is a cutter and has scratched words into every inch of her body, except her face and the middle of her back. At the same time, the writer wants us to believe that this person can have a reasonably normal life as a reporter. Her whole family is dysfunctional and unbelievable. The 13 year old daughter is one minute playing with an over the top, extravagant doll house and the next second is wearing a mini skirt and flirting with grown men. She acts 2-3 years old one minute and then 30 years old the next. It's ridiculous. The mother is another piece of cake and is also unbelievable. She puts up with the daughter's unconscionable behavior and is just plain weird, crazy and unsympathetic to the reader. I got through the book as it is well delivered but the whole time I was saying to myself; "This is really stupid!"

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  • FanB14
  • 13/12/2012

Gone Girl First?

Devoured Gone Girl and went in search of more. This, her first novel tells the tale of a flawed, off center woman who cuts the words of her anguish over every part of her body. She covers her mutilation with non-revealing clothing (even in the summer) also mirroring how she hides her true self; not letting anyone too close. She returns to her hometown to report on two murders. Her dystunctional family and the town serve as the backdrop for the mystery. Well written, and definitely worth your credit and a read. A little hurried and predictable near the end, but overall am happy to have listened to it. Flynn evolves her talent with each book.

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  • Marilyn J. Schrader
  • 01/10/2018

worst book I ever read

this book was stupid and unrealistic. I kept reading because I thought it might get better. it did not. I am returning the sticker to Audible for credit

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  • AmazonShoppingQueen
  • 01/02/2007

There's a reason

This book showed up on so many best-of-2006 lists. It's unlike anything you've read,perhaps a bit of a thinking woman's Silence of the Lambs? Creepy but astonishingly smart and beautifully written and very compelling. Can't wait for her next book.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 26/07/2017

Fantastic!

An absolutely striking thriller by Gillin Flynn that can definitely keep up with Gone Girl, even if this one is much more deeply disturbing.
As with her other works, the characters are all very faceted and realistic and the protagonist is unique and lovable in her own way.
I enjoyed this book thoroughly and could hardly stop listening to it.
Ann Marie Lee brought it alive so soothingly and created a vibrant image of the setting in my mind.
I would absolutely recommend this!

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  • Carmen
  • 09/04/2014

Brilliant story

This is my second book from Gillian Flynn and it's as brilliant as "Gone Girl". She knows how put goose bumps on her readers. Her stories are deliberate, like an extremly well planned project. The way she tells them make you think "it's frightening that people could be like that".
I hope she keeps going on like that.

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  • Yara M
  • 18/07/2020

Alright

Sharp Objects wasn't as good as other Gillian Flynn novels. I was disturbed by all the sexualisation of little girls.

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  • mage7
  • 19/05/2020

Impredecible y a la vez predecible.

Es una buena historia con tintes psicólogicos acerca de la relación entre madres e hijas. La narradora hizo un excelente trabajo con el cambio de voces, lo que hace aún más entretenida la historia.

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  • Gabriele König
  • 01/05/2019

Great story

I was amazed by the dark family story that slowly revealed. The speaker was really good for the main character and also for men‘s voices - other women‘s voices though were, unfortunately, a bit annoying. Still a very good audio book!!

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  • Silke Sonnenschein
  • 31/10/2018

Traurig, wie kaputte Menschen andere kaputt machen

Super spannend und letztlich noch mit überraschender, wenn auch trauriger Wende. Total empfehlenswert.
Hauptperson wird gut herausgearbeitet und der Plott ist völlig stimmig.

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  • Manuel Baptista
  • 27/10/2018

the ending changed my life.

I loved the politics and reflexion of the main character. That is a real frminist.

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  • KY
  • 02/09/2018

Disturbing but so good!

Wow, I’m still trying to process what I’ve just listened to. I hadn’t been a fan of Gillian Flynn‘s Gone Girl, but was intrigued since I’ve started to watch the HBO show and liked it. The story is really disturbing but so well told - and narrated (the narrator also did The woman in the window by A.J. Finn - and her performance is amazing). I loved it! Wondering how anyone can come up with such a story?!

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  • Judith
  • 01/08/2018

I expected so much more

The storyline is good and was read really well but I feel like there is not enough suspense. There are some creepy stuff happening in this book but nothing that left me in awe. I had an idea quite early on who was guilty and though it was still exciting to listen to at the end, I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. I just expected so much more because of the way the book was described and because of the other book "Gone girl". My verdict, buy and read it if you're a fan but it's not one of the best books I have ever read.

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  • Katharina L.
  • 30/03/2017

Spannend, aber nicht perfekt...

Die Stimme der Sprecherin ist mir persönlich zu einschläfernd.. Konnte kaum Emotionen vernehmen. Die Story ist gut, wenn auch durchschaubar. Ich mag verkorkste Charaktere einfach, und auch in diesem Buch war mir die Hauptfigur sympathisch. An und für sich kein schlechtes Hörbuch, allerdings gefielen mir “The Chemist“ oder “Girl on the Train“ einfach besser.