I wasn't able to put this book down. Flynn's writing grabs you in a way, like poetry, and I honestly craved it. I would read until I could no longer keep my eyes open, and then the second sleep lifted from me, even if it was only to be for a moment, the book was back in my hands and I was once again immersed in the mystery.
I didn't know that I could actually feel my skin crawl , I thought this was just an expression but this is how this book mad me feel. Every sentence is a masterpiece - deep, dark and ironic. "Sometimes I think illness sits inside every woman, waiting for the right moment to bloom..." I was rushing to finish reading it before the HBO series but I also read that Gillians next novel due in 2021! What am I supposed to read until then?
I read Gillian Flynn in reverse order. I was introduced with Good Girl and immediately hooked. Then Dark Places had me captivated. And more, Sharp Objects. I don't know whether it not I should be disturbed at just how much I identify with the female leads in her novels but I see so much of myself in them, I could be any of them at any time. I knew who had done it pretty early on in this book but I guess I just didn't want to be right. I love the writing and the stoic vulnerability if all the women. Great read.
Larry McMurty, Harlan Coben, Nelson DeMille, Richard Matherson and now Gillian Flynn ... my favorites, Sharp Objects: A very well written, grab-you-and-won't-let-go novel. In my opinion better than Gone Girl. I love her style ... unique and powerful. Easy read. Fast. Accurate with regard to the mind of a teenage girl, a damaged older sister ... and a very damaged mother (like mine). Ms Flynn, a very talented writer. ..
I think by now I've read just about everything Gillian Flynn has put out, and I am still continually surprised by how good her books are. It seems like most books coming out recently are mushy romance books that don't feel like there's any actual chemistry or character depth or action/horror/suspense genre books with the characters and the plots trying to out-do each other in a stupidity competition. Flynn manages to make the romance that is in her books feel natural and complicated as the real thing. She seems to put a lot of thought into character motivation and drive, so that these people seem real and it adds weight to their choices. There's still always plenty of surprises. The suspense and dark, gritty world don't seem forced. Seriously, do yourself a favor & give some of her works a read.
Sharp Objects was dark, dark, dark. I mean, it's exactly what I was hoping for and exactly why I picked up a Gillian Flynn novel, but I need a shower and a drink after finishing. Murder and sexual tension and booze, with a heavy dose of deeply twisted.
The southern Missouri setting is one I'm familiar with, Flynn did excellent work in recreating the atmosphere. I do feel as if almost every character was a caricature. That and the twist at the very end have me itching to give the book four stars instead of five, but my goodness, this book was addictive.
.I love the way Gillian Flynn writes about the secret lives of 'bad' women. Those women you see in your daily life whom you scoff at, immediately write off as bad apples, or even feel disgusted by. You judge them, sometimes even hate them and ask yourself why can't they see how awful they are. The thing is, these treacherous, hateful, catty women often have unsuspected backstories, hidden sufferings, deep old wounds that you can't even begin fathoming. It's hard to sympathize with them, but Gillian Flynn makes you rethink your blind judgement into something less simplistic and more understanding. Perhaps even into empathy.