Ok readers! It’s time to announce our newest #mtaybookclub read for May! And, we are going to be reading Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Have any of you read it? I have never read a Gillian Flynn novel, but I did go see Gone Girl in the theater. Does that count? I am a little nervous to read this one because I have read a few blogs where people have talked about putting this book down because they couldn’t handle it. Also, psychological thrillers always tend to creep me out a bit! But, I am going to try it out! And, I heard HBO is going to make it into a show starring Amy Adams. So, now I have to read it, right? If I haven’t sold you, read below to see what others have said about Gillian Flynn‘s debut novel.
“A first novel that reads like the accomplished work of a long-time pro, the book draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction…Flynn‘s book goes deeper than your average thriller. It has all the narrative drive of a serious pop novel and much of the psychological complexity of a mainstream character study. All in all, a terrific debut.”
—Alan Cheuse, The Chicago Tribune
“A compulsively readable psychological thriller that marks [a] dazzling debut…[Flynn] has written a clever crime story with astonishing twists and turns, and enough suspense for the most demanding fans of the genre. But it is the sensitive yet disturbing depiction of her heroine that makes this an especially engrossing story…Flynn‘s empathic understanding of her major characters leads to storytelling that is sure and true, and it marks her a write to watch.”
“To say this is a terrific debut novel is really too mild. I haven’t read such a relentlessly creepy family saga since John Farris’s All Heads Turn as the Hunt Goes By, and that was thirty years ago, give or take. Sharp Objects isn’t one of those scare-and-retreat books; its effect is cumulative. 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. An admirably nasty piece of work, elevated by sharp writing and sharper insights.”
I’ll talk to you soon! Can’t wait to hear if you like it! I’ll check in about half-way through to talk about it. Enjoy.