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Sharp Objects

3.8 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (3 January 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297851527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297851523
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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To say this is a terrific debut novel is really too mild ... [it is] a relentlessly creepy family saga. 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 (Stephen King)

This is a stylish thriller about housewives who don't recognise their own desperations, while the reader recognises with fascinated clarity the nastiness and vacuity of life in an updated Stepford (Literary Review)

It is a stunningly accomplished evocation of the oppressiveness of small-town life and is just as assured in depicting the gradually revealed psychological disorder that links Camille to both the killer and victims (Sunday Times)

Compulsively disturbing and ... exciting (Time Out)

[A] striking first novel ... a relentlessly dark tale, with some very disturbing characters, Camille among then, and it makes a powerful impact (Sunday Telegraph)

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

If you love Martha O'Connor look out for Gillian Flynn's debut, Sharp Objects ... a gothic fairytale-gone-bad (Company)

The horror creeps up slowly, with Flynn misdirecting the reader until the shocking, dreadful and memorable double ending (Publisher's Weekly)

'Flynn delivers a great whodunit, replete with hinting details, telling dialogue, dissembling clues. Better yet, she offers appalling, heartbreaking insight into the darkness of her women's lives: the Stepford polish of desperate housewives, the backstabbing viciousness of drug-gobbling, sex-for-favors Mean Girls, the simmering rage bound to boil over. Piercingly effective and genuinely terrifying.' (Starred Kirkus Review)

This impressive debut novel is fuelled by stylish writing and compelling portraits of desperate housewives, southern style... In a particularly seductive narrative style, Flynn adopts the cynical, knowing patter of a weary reporter, but it is her portraits of the town¿s backstabbing, social-climbing, bored, and bitchy females that provoke her sharpest and most entertaining writing. A stylish turn on dark crimes and even darker psyches. (Booklist)

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'To say this is a terrific debut is really too mild' STEPHEN KING

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