Speed Date Audiobook Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Posted February 7, 2013 by Felicia S in 2013 Read, 3.50 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 13 Comments


Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Book: Sharp Objects
Author: Gillian Flynn
Article Type: Audiobook Review

Goodreads / Library Thing

About the Book:

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 psych 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 thirteen-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, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable

My Thoughts


Read from January 23 to 25, 2013

Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 3.25

Audio Rating: 2.50 (not part of the overall rating)

Speed Date Review:

First Thought When Finished:: Sharp Objects had a very strong last 1/4 of the book which is what saved it for me! I really dig where the story went.

First Date: Our first date didn’t go so well. We didn’t click on a personal level but intrigued each other enough to see where it was going.

Second Date: This is one of those times where liking each other is not necessary but figuring out what is going on is totally worth the journey. The characters don’t scream love me but they do scream which one of me is the worst.

Third Date: Ended with a bang that I only saw partially coming. I figured out a big part of the mystery but that little twist at the end made sticking with it worth it.

Final Thought: I don’t know that Gillian Flynn and I really click. I need characters that I can root for BUT she does write really twisty, turny mysteries. This one will work for others far more than it worked for me.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated by Ann Marie Lee / Running Time 9 hrs and 29 mins

I don’t know why but this one just did not work for me on audio. I don’t think Ann Marie Lee did a bad job but something was just missing. Unlike Gone Girl which was excellent on audiobook, this one I think would have been better read. It might be more the story than the audio performance.

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13 responses to “Speed Date Audiobook Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

  1. Sometimes those first dates fall flat…at least by the third, you saw some return on your investment! Is this part of the Gone Girl series or a separate thing? (I still haven’t read Gone Girl…it’s on my list!)

    • Not part of that series, this was a stand alone. I recommend Gone Girl and don’t read any spoilers before reading. It is one of those stories 🙂

  2. Despite the fact that the characters didn’t make you love them instantly and forever and ever, it’s nice the ending made up for it for the most part. A brilliant ending can erase a lot of the flaws that came before it I think:) Thanks for taking us on your date Felicia!

  3. Bummer, Gone Girl is in my tbr pile and I am hoping to read it in March. Have you read Dark Places? That was on my wishlist too. I need to check out book reviews of this one but as of right now its a no.

    • I haven’t read Dark Places. Gone Girl is a book that I say everyone should read–it was clever, twisty, and unexpected. I may not have loved the characters but I could say that i didn’t see most of it coming. This one was just a mess to me BUT most other people loved it. I think it is a very love it/hate it book.