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Sharp Objects
by gillian flynn | Mystery & Thrillers
Registered by wingPaws4Bookswing of Deal, Kent United Kingdom on 3/20/2008
Average 5 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by SwanOfKennet): available

3 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingPaws4Bookswing from Deal, Kent United Kingdom on Thursday, March 20, 2008

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Gillian Flynn is TV critic for US magazine Entertainment Weekly, but after the highly impressive thriller debut that is Sharp Objects, she may have to re-think the day job – particularly as such masters of the thriller as Harlan Coben and Stephen King are falling over each other to praise her novel.
Flynn’s conflicted heroine is journalist Camille Parker, who is holding down a job on a low-rent newspaper, convinced that she’s inspiring only feeling of disappointment in her editor, who has nursed unfulfilled hopes for her journalistic career. Camille, from a small town called Wind Gap in Missouri, sees herself as white trash, but actually hails from a moneyed family. To maintain her sanity, she has escaped from the town and her highly-strung, hypochondriac mother. But bad news beckons: she is summoned by her editor, who suggests she return to her home town to cover the abduction and murder of two young girls. Despite all her reservations (not least for her own mental equilibrium), she feels she must go, returning to the impressive Victorian mansion that was her home. She is quickly back in dangerous territory with her demanding mother – and reminding herself how she fell into a dark cycle of self-harm. Another problem is her Lolita-ish half-sister, a precocious teenager with a following of alienated girlfriends and some dark secrets of her own. Back in this destabilising territory, Camille is reminded of the childhood tragedy that left a mark on her. Looking into the deaths of the murdered girls, she starts to make big mistakes: going to bed with the investigator assigned to the case, and, worse, getting involved with the prime suspect, a disturbed teenager.

This heady brew of Southern gothic is dispatched with an assurance that totally belies the fact that this is a debut novel – and, what’s more, will have most readers hungry for more of Gillian Flynn’s individual brand of sexually-charged menace. --Barry Forshaw

Mat Coward, MORNING STAR (6.3.07)
'tremendously impressive writing.'


Journal Entry 2 by wingPaws4Bookswing at another bookcrossing member in by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, April 05, 2008

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Released 10 yrs ago (4/5/2008 UTC) at another bookcrossing member in by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases



Sent to my NSSSS!!! 

Journal Entry 3 by wilksie from Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, April 12, 2008

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This book has been on my wishlist for ages so I was very pleased to find it in my NSSSS parcel.
Thank you very much Ekranda, I'm looking forward to reading it :-) 

Journal Entry 4 by wilksie from Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Friday, February 05, 2010

7 out of 10

Oops! I hadn't realised that I didn't write any comments after reading this - I'm so sorry.
Anyway - I thought it was an excellent thriller, with a creepy storyline and some dark characters. Recommended.

I'm sending it to my NSSVS partner as it is on her wishlist. I hope she enjoys it :-) 

Journal Entry 5 by SwanOfKennet from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria United Kingdom on Monday, February 15, 2010

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Found in my NSSVS package. This has been recommended to me so I'm very much looking forward to it.

Journal Entry 6 by SwanOfKennet at Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 17, 2012

4 out of 10

I must admit I found this rather disappointing. I'd hoped for a white-knuckle ride to spice up the dark January days, but what I found was something that couldn't decide if it wanted to be a black and racy thriller or a serious analysis of seriously dysfunctional families and emotional abuse down in America's fly-over country. In the end it was neither. There's plenty of shocking things going on but somehow I never managed to care enough about any of the rather unpleasant characters to be bothered by it. I noticed in particular that the few male characters were particularly vapid, which made the obligatory sex scenes laughable.

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