Written By: Gillian Flynn

Narrated By: Ann Marie Lee

Date: September 2006

Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes




Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, 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 in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

Praise for Sharp Objects

“Nasty, addictive reading.”—Chicago Tribune
“Skillful and disturbing.”—Washington Post
“Darkly original . . . [a] riveting tale.”—People


  • Melissa H

    This was a great book. Kept me listening and intrigued as to what was next. The ending was crazy and exciting. Excellent read!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

  • Dora F.

    I liked the book initially, a few pages. Then I wasn’t sure if this was a criminal, horor or erotically charged horrory ( maybe not a word) story. The twist at the end didn’t make sense to me. What was the moral of it? Cutting oneself off is an illness, this is not a thing to be glamorized by any means, books or a movie. What about the other two girls who helped Emma killing by struggling!!! Not one but to girls? Mother monster? Unbelievable that a publisher published a book like that. It sickens the youngsters. Don’t you see it?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Latoya L.

    Sick, and deranged but hard to put down. Guess the saying "it doesn't fall far from the tree" is right because that girl and her mother........just read the book, (I don't wanna give it all away). Gillian Flynn did it again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • bookworm_215

    I was so excited to start reading this one, especially because of how much I've loved Gillian Flynn's other books! I gotta start off by saying that when the story first starts off, it's begins as a very sloooow read (in my opinion), but eventually picks up in a much faster, thrilling pace. The storyline is captivating and the ending- unforeseeable. I fell in love with certain characters, in which I never thought I'd like. Flynn's infamous writing style just keeps you wanting more!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • KT

    Now THIS was interesting! I would say it's a fresh take on domestic thrillers, but it was written before they became really popular, so I'll just say that for me, this is how they should be done. It's far superior to many of the domestic thrillers oversaturating the market right now. A compelling take on the female psyche not often written about, this book was filled with terrible characters doing terrible things, but I could not stop reading until the twisted end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    This was SO GOOD! it's my second novel by Gillian Flynn and I absolutely loved it. It was easy to get in to and difficult to put down. I even listened on my 10 minute coffee breaks because I just had to know what was going to happen next. A few things were a little typical for this style of novel, which is a shame, but that doesn't really take away anything from the story as a whole. I think the narrator did a good job bringing the story and characters to life and would like to recommend this book to anyone looking to experience some of the darker aspects of the human mind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • E O.

    Absolutely amazing story! I could have listened to this narrator and about these characters for longer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Mónica O.

    It is an absolutely superb book, I love it, I was intrigued the whole time, I couldn’t stop listening, the ending was simply perfect, great narration of a great book 10 out of 10!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Karen S.

    This book is the very HEART of why I love to read...exhilarating, unknowing, edge of my seat, things I would never think of (words "speaking" on skin). It is a dark book but they is why it is in the Mystery, Thriller and Horror Category. Narration was excellent. I have had a few books where the narrator turns me off immediately and I don't finish the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Natalya V.

    Shocking in so many ways. Very well written and narrated. It is very dark, but it’s unpredictable and raw and it shows that humans, indeed, can be monsters no matter age or gender. Throughout, I had a thought pop up of how does one think of such a storyline?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Rebekka J.

    This book was very dark and almost crossed my threshold. It did hook me, I wanted to know the finish but it was so dark, to the end. Absolutely no ....uplifting... part...whatsoever so be warned

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Catherine W.

    A finely crafted thrill ride. Gillian Flynn is clearly a master of character development —and having Patricia Clarkston as a mental picture for Adora made it all the more riveting. Was not entirely surprised by the ending, as some readers were, but enjoyed the ride all the way. Looking forward to the next Gillian Flynn mind bender.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Vicki J

    Writing was good, narration was good - but I did not like the book - I don't like to see so much darkness with really no light.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Maria C

    Crazy twist. Loved the narration - couldn’t have been better. I read Gone Girl and knew I wanted to read this one. I’m buying the Dark Places book too. It did drag a little in the middle. But overall very suspenseful and well written. Would highly recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Emily G

    I loved this book! And the narrator jusy sounded "right". Great story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Kassey S

    This book was sooooo good. What a freaking twist! The narrator was very good and she honestly made every description in this book come to life. On the the next Gillian Flynn book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Marie I

    This story kept me guessing! Love the storyline and characters. Ending was excellent!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Karen R

    A great listen with surprising twists and turns and insights even though there were hints along the way. A disturbing look into disturbed minds. The narrator had a few questionable pronunciations, but otherwise did a great job narrating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • kimberly SCoggins

    I've listened to this book twice, and I probably will listen many more times. Flynn is a fantastic author and I enjoy her work immensely. The way she develops her characters and storyline are a rare talent nowadays.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Dark and boring. I gave it 1 star because I do like the authors books but this one was not good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Catherine Holman

    I was rereading this book, I can't wait for her to come out with more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Bianca Lowkeen

    Slow start but then it gets interesting. I thought it was going to be predictable but then I was wrong. Great narration. Brilliant author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Laura Forst

    Great book! A little slow to get to the point but builds up quite a bit of tension! Loved it! Narrator is great as well! Very good voice and does the other voices very well!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • thomas smithwick

    Easily one of the most disturbing books I have ever read! If you're looking for that, this is a good one. Not for young readers!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


    Amazing amazing amazing!! I have read all gillian flynns books and this one was just as great as the others. A must read/listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • rachel ramaker

    I loved this book so much. I wanted everyone to leave me alone while I was listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Brittany Rutherford

    Great book. Narrator puts you right in the moment. I always expect a twist at the end of book. I plan for it. Wait for it. But bam it blind sides me every time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jeni Huff

    I think this is a great book for all readers...if you are not sure what book to listen, this book is a good choice. Enjoy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • aubrey fisher

    O my gosh! what a great read! wow! kinda still in shock at the end! highly recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Heather Payne

    Camille has some serious issues. She is a reporter that is assigned to a story about a murder in her old home town. She is not only mentally disturbed and cuts her self, She is nasty as a perverted truck driver that needs to get laid. Sorry bout her luck. I had a hard time listening to her desperate sexual desires and her mental issues. I'm no Sherlock but I had it figured out fairly early. That was the best part of the story (who did it). Just didn't care for the s***** Camille who is an alcoholic. What a depressing character!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jessica Roberts

    I've read Gone Girl first and found this very good as well, maybe better. Again, as with her other novels, I was trying to guess all the time and was not even close to write. Really an amazing read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Lorelyn Zaragoza

    I loved this and I love Gillian Flynn's writing style! Her stories are so delicious dark with some satiric comedy thrown in. I definitely recommend it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Katie Brown

    Absolutely loved this book. I thought I had the end predicted but then it twisted around and still surprised me. Very much enjoyed it and having a hard time now finding a book that appeals to me as much as this one did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Cheryl Zweibohmer

    This is my favorite book of all time and was written by my favorite author of all time. Everything written by Gillian Flynn is twisted and keeps you wanting more. Sharp Objects is suspenseful along with a little scary With all of Gillian Fllyn's books just when you think you have the ending figured out, you don't. She has a way of keeping you on the edge of you seat guessing, but never do you guess the end. . You want to keep reading or listening. If I had had the time I would have listed to it straight though. The narration was extremely good. I recommended all of Gillian Flynn's books! Happy Reading/Listening!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Holly Harrison

    Surreal, scary and suspenseful! This book had so many twists, and turns that I never saw coming. Every chapter took me by surprise and was better than the previous one. A wonderful page turner that once started is hard to stop until it`s done. Every time you think you have it all figured out, that everything makes sense it does a 180 on you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Amy Garcia

    I read the book. It was dark and intriguing. The characters lived in a word were immoral & wicked acts we're viewed as normal or something you simply went through and you turned a blind eye to.

  • D L.

    Loved it! Amazing Narrator too! I’m now watching the series on AppleTV

  • Ursula Berliner

    loved this page-turner of a book!

  • Anonymous

    Gillian Flynn does it again! Kept me at the edge of my seat and wanting to know more. Excellent read and looking forward to the next.

  • Ellie C.

    Excellent narrator! The story has a good twist and interesting depiction on psychopathology in this story.

  • Tara V.

    This contemporary who-dunnit was highly immersive with captivating, dysfunctional family dynamics and a beautifully flawed protagonist. The narrator’s voice had great range when depicting different characters as well as wonderful cadence.

  • Sherry B.

    My first book by this author and I really liked it! Suspenseful, riveting and I couldn't stop listening, found myself taking the long way home just so I could finish the chapters ( I primarily listen to my Audiobooks in my car). The narrator was excellent as well. Great read!

  • Yanick M.

    Book was very dark. So many dark characters, so much evil. Definitely not a feel good story. Narrator was excellent at times but on a few occasions it was difficult to know what character was talking. Found it hard to keep track of what happened to whom and was getting the names mixed up, I started watching the HBO series to help me keep it straight without spoiling the book as the episodes ran behind what I was reading. As soon as I finished the book, I stopped watching. Just too much!

  • Anonymous

    good book...took awhile to get interesting but dark and disturbing...so if that's your thing, you will like this story. Narrator was very good...believable in multiple roles that she voiced.

  • Anonymous

    Good read but keep me awake at night

  • Erica U.

    Love Gilliam Flynn’s creepy novels. Saw the show and then had to check out the book to see how it compares. It doesn’t disappoint.


    Very slow and the narrator made it seem even more so. Story was ok but dragged on. Narrator sounded like Siri or a GPS navigator.

  • Vicky W.

    This was a depressing listen. I tried to like the main character but found her sad and weak. The description of the town is a cliche of mid West America which I did not appreciate. The ending was disturbing. However, I did listen to it all. Glad it’s over.

  • Florentina G.

    I loved the book thought it is kind of dark. The narrator did a wonderful job with it. For the last part, I could not stop it. I needed to know...

  • William D.

    Excellent book. Dark story lines and the author captures narcissistic personality disorder perfectly. The characters come to life. Kept me engaged to the very end.

  • Elizabeth P.

    Plot line was not predictable. It went fast and I never wanted to leave my car.

  • Leah S.

    Good, but messed up. Nothing uplifting about this book. Although I thought I had it all figured out, there was always just enough doubt to keep it interesting. The narrator was great!

  • Carrie D.

    The book stayed very dark. Slow getting into storyline. The focus was limited ...I really wonder who this story would interest other than dark characters into cutting, sexual voyeurism ...

  • Bridget S.

    Crazy fantastic

  • Erika A.

    I thought this book was very interesting and the narration kept the story interesting. Very intriguing from the beginning. Yes it was dark, but the myserty behind the case was intense.

  • Jody K.

    Excellent book. Held my attention fully from the start, and I couldn'tstoo listening!

  • Marina N

    Great book. Great job by the narrator. I would definitely recommend

  • Unknown U

    Great book! I didn't see the end coming at all. This book made me gasp, wince, and laugh. I highly recommend it.

  • Erika T

    I loved the narration The story line a bit too convoluted to be believable Worth no more than 3 stars

  • Connie R

    Too much blasphemy for me. Suspense was riveting.

  • Abigail L

    Riveting! Flynn's supple prose and fresh, insightful use of metaphor keep the somber events of the story afloat while embracing the muddiness of human intent and family dynamics. A complex mystery unfurls elegantly, and maintains suspense through to the last few pages.

  • Jewel C

    Loved this book and loved the narrator!! Went super fast!

  • Kristi G

    Unexpected ending ;relevant topic;great listen will recommend for book club

  • Ann M

    A great listen , I would highly recommend this book.

  • Katie licata

    great ending...but man it dragged. very surprised cuz I love this author

  • Rachel Kiscaden

    Like this book more when I read it a few years ago, but tastes change. Still a good unsettling small town story. Worth a listen.

  • Brenda Gauthey

    I enjoyed the book. Hard to make a difficult storyline like cutting easy to read, but I found the story compelling!

  • Samira Alvarez

    I definitely enjoyed how dark and creepy it was. There was a lot of slow parts but over all a pretty good listen.

  • Jasney Richardson

    Got this book for a book club and it was an ok read due to me not reading suspense types of books.At times I found the book to be too descriptive of sounds or surroundings. Other than that a little slow but a decent short book.

  • Shannyn Henkel

    Very predictable for a Gillian Flynn book. I was hoping for more twists and turns typical of her style.

  • Martha Stephens

    Flynn knows how to write a story. She also is hilarious and so observant about the human condition. Highly recommend.

  • Shannan Starling

    This was a good one, I knocked it out in 2 days!!!

  • Lisa Kinsey

    Wow, it was crazy.... I hope to read more of her work.

  • James Woelfle

    I loved this book! The narrator was really really good and the story kept me hooked until the end! I also appreciated how quick it was to download and save!

  • lori handy

    Wow wickedly good I'm hoping this author start writing again read them all

  • Dana Curtis

    Didn't have a hard time getting into the characters are well defined and believable. Voice reading the book was good. Very pleasant. Interesting plot. I give this book a good review. Paelex

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