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“Sharp Objects” by Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects is a tense novel by a master of mystery, Gillian Flynn. You might be more familiar with her novel “Gone Girl”; but her other works deserve just as much praise. Delivering on twists and turns, as well as captivating characters, this novel will keep you glued to your seat. Camille Preaker would like nothing more than to never return to the small town she grew up in and where traumatic experiences has set her up for an adulthood in and out of psych hospitals and addicted to drinking. However when her job assigns her to cover a string of murders taking place there, she must reconcile with her hypochondriac mother and entitled 13 year old sister. Trying to not be distracted by her own demons, Camille feels the strong urge to become involved in solving these cases. Perhaps because they hit a little too close to home.

I didn’t think I would like Sharp Objects as much as I did. I’ve never been the biggest fan of mystery but Gillian Flynn has such an amazing ability to keep you hooked from the first chapter. She doesn’t just rely on plot, but rather she develops characters that you can’t stop wanting to know more about. I’m making a point of trying to read books out of my comfort zone with my newfound down time, and Novelist (click this link and select “from home” to access with your library card) has been a big help in that. What I’ve been enjoying doing is to search for a book I loved but like this one, I haven’t read a lot in the genre; and then choosing my next book from the column labeled “Read A-likes”. I’ve listed a few examples below.
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To reserve a copy of Sharp Objects; the ebook is here and the audiobook is here.

Read A-likes:

  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn– Arguably Gillian Flynn’s most popular work; a man is distraught after the disappearance of his wife. But is he as innocent as his shattered appearance makes him out to be? Reserve the audiobook here and the ebook here.
  • The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter-Two daughters are victims of a horrific crime. One grows up seemingly adjusted and successful, a lawyer who has left the town she is desperate to forget. Unfortunately for her, the past has a way of catching up to everyone. Reserve the audiobook here and the ebook here.
  • Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel-If you’re familiar with the Gypsy Blancharde case this book will ring some bells for you. It explores the complicated relationship between a mother and daughter who has been told her whole life she’s gravely ill. Only to find out her mother has been lying and manipulating her for her whole life. Reserve the ebook here.
  • Heartbroken by Lisa Unger-Another dark exploration into dysfunctional families, Heartbroken is an examination of the effect that generational trauma can culminate in. Three women with troubled pasts converge on a singular course; Heart Island, an idyllic place in the middle of a lake in the Adirondacks. Reserve the ebook here.


Also the movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel “Dark Places” is available on Kanopy! Log on using your Haverhill library card number and search “Dark Places”. You can also take this time to explore other dramatic and mysterious movies under the “drama” or “thriller” menu options.

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