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5 Novels to Read If You Can't Get Enough of 'Sharp Objects'

If you have been watching HBO ’s intense crime drama Sharp Objects or have read the Gillian Flynn novel on which it is based, then you’ve probably ploughed through her other books, Gone Girl and Dark Places and are probably craving more dark, gritty family dramas. If our predictions are correct, you might just like these five! 



1. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson


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The novel centers on Christine, a woman with anterograde amnesia which means that she wakes up every day not knowing who she is. The story follows her as she tries to reassemble her memories from her video diary that her doctor recommended keeping. She learns that her mysterious husband, Ben has been trying to restore the pieces of Christine as well and she is unsure if she can trust her husband and more importantly if she can trust herself. 



2. Bonfire by Krysten Ritter


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Written by Krysten Ritter, star of Netflix’s Jessica Jones, Bonfire is a mystery suspense thriller. The novel tells the story of Abby Williams, an environmental lawyer in Chicago that must go back home to Indiana to investigate a case regarding her town’s most high-profile company, Optimal Plastics. She starts to find weird connections between the company and a decade-old scandal involving a popular girl named Kaycee Mitchell and her close friends just before Kaycee’s disappearance. Past memories are revealed and Abby starts to doubt what she sees and discovers a secret and dangerous ritual called “The Game” that threatens reputations and Abby’s life as well. 


3. Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach


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This story centers on a woman named Ava who moves to Paris to escape issues with her family in upstate New York. These issues include a failing family vineyard, an absent father, a mother facing dementia and a capricious sister. However, after she learns of the death of her twin sister Zelda, Ava must return home. She had always known that Zelda has a tendency for tricks and Ava can’t shake the feeling that Zelda is still alive. Once she begins to discover an enigmatic set of clues it only enhances her suspicions that her sister is still alive.


4. Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent


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Lydia Fitzsimons’ life seems perfect. Her husband Andrew is a respected judge and they live with their adored only son Laurence in a comfortable and spacious house where Lydia was raised. However, her life takes a dark turn when her husband commits a terrible crime and her son Laurence begins to suspect something is wrong…


5. The Broken Girls by Simone St. James


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Similar to Sharp Objects’ Camille Preaker, this novel’s main character, Fiona Sheridan, is a journalist with a dark and broken past and she returns to Idlewild Hall, her dead sister’s boarding school where she was murdered twenty years ago. Although her sister’s boyfriend was convicted for her murder Fiona feels that there is something missing. When Fiona finds out that an unknown benefactor plans to restore the school she decides to write a story about it. However, a surprising discovery during the school’s renovations will reveal more about the death of her sister that was meant to be hidden and long forgotten. 


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Female Rage Is Real and Shouldn’t Be Minimized, Says ‘Gone Girl’ Author Gillian Flynn

Female rage is at the forefront of Gillian Flynn’s novels. Her memorable female protagonists, including Amy Dunne (Gone Girl) and Camille Preaker (Sharp Objects), exemplify the complexities of emotion and behavior as well as how female anger is oppressed by societal gender rules. Through her complex protagonists, Flynn hopes to open the floor about female anger and cease ignoring and minimizing it. 


In an interview with Vanity Fair, In Flynn expressed her views towards female anger, why we ignore it, and why we need to let women voice their frustrations.


“I think there’s a deep societal fear of female rage, partly because it hasn’t been experienced a lot,” Flynn told Vanity Fair. “Men—I speak in vast generalities—are often very afraid of what they don’t know how to handle. And they haven’t had to handle female rage a lot, and they think they need to handle it.”



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Flynn also discussed female anger, or lack thereof in regards to the #MeToo movement, a phenomenon which has heavily exposed the gross sexual harassment many women have experienced. According to Flynn, though the movement would be as an appropriate time as ever to voice female anger, many females have been urged to react differently.


But I’ll tell you what concerns me: there’s a lot of shushing going on. I keep doing these panel discussions where I hear women advising that we shouldn’t be angry, that we shouldn’t be approaching this [#MeToo moment] with anger, that we should embrace this moment with care and gentleness. And I think that’s insane.


“There’s a huge place for anger right now—particularly for the many, many women who’ve been violated—and this is a time to be angry. Let’s be very angry. Constructive anger is a very useful tool, and is a very important thing to express.”


Read the full interview here.


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The Trailer for Sharp Objects Has Dropped and It Is Intense

HBO released a new trailer for it’s new show Sharp Objects based off the 2006 novel by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. 





The shows stars Amy Adams as Camille, a crime reporter who after a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital must return to her small hometown in Missouri to cover the murder of two preteen girls. However, when forced to reconnect with her mother Adora played by Patricia Clarkson, Camille must confront her past psychological demons to get her story. Unfortunately, in her effort to uncover the truth she runs into an extremely dangerous situation. 


The limited series was developed by Marti Nixon (UnREAL, Dietland), produced Jason Blum (Get Out) and directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (Big Little Lies, Wild). The series contains eight episodes and will premiere Sunday, July 8th at 9 p.m. on HBO. 



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‘Sharp Objects’ Will be “Much Darker and Way More Twisted” Than ‘Big Little Lies’ Says Actress

When HBO announced that their adaptation of Sharp Objects would be directed by Big Little Lies director Jean-Marc Vallée, fans and critics alike began drawing similarities. Actress Sydney Sweeney is setting the record straight, telling audiences that Sharp Objects will be way more dark and twisty than Big Little Lies


Written by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects delves into the dark past of Camille Preaker, played by Amy Adams, a reporter who returns home to investigate the murders of two young girls and is met with her past demons. 


In an interview with Harpers Bazaar, Sweeney spoke candidly about the upcoming eight-part series adaptation and its similarities to Big Little Lies


“Because of Jean-Marc Vallée, it will have that Big Little Lies feeling, but it’s much darker and way more twisted,” Sweeney said.



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Sweeney also confirmed the on-set appearances made by Sharp Objects author Gillian Flynn. Ultimately, however, the direction will be in the hands of Vallée, according to Sweeney. 


“Jean-Marc pretty much took over on set and used his creative, incredible mind,” she told Harper’s Bazaar.


Sweeney also spoke about her role as Alice, a hospitalized patient at a psychiatric ward who bonds with Camille over their shared struggles.


She said:


Alice cuts herself so that’s where Amy’s character and my character start to bond over the shared experience. She becomes very close to Camille and they form a mother/daughter/sister type relationship, and it affects Camille’s character very strongly… I can’t say positively or negatively… Or much more than that.


HBO’s eight-part adaptation will premiere in July 2018. See what you can expect by watching the teaser trailer below!





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Get a First Look at Amy Adams in HBO’s ‘Sharp Objects’ Adaptation

Gillian Flynn’s debut novel Sharp Objects is coming to HBO in an eight-part miniseries and we’ve got our first look! Get your first look at Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly here.



Flynn wrote the screenplay for David Fincher’s 2014 Gone Girl adaptation, for which she won a Critics’ Choice Award. She has co-written the script for Sharp Objects alongside Marti Noxon (UnREAL). The series will be directed by Big Little Lies showrunner Jean-Marc Vallée.


Amy Adams stars as Camille Preaker and Patricia Clarkson plays her mother, Adora. Adams and Clarkson can essentially do no wrong, so their performances alone are worth the space on your DVR. But also it’s another female-led crime thriller from Vallée. You have reason to get hyped! To top it all off, the wait isn’t too long. Sharp Objects is set to premiere on HBO this summer.


Here is the book’s summary, courtesy of the publisher:


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.


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