Five Book Recommendations For Sharp Objects Fans That Aren’t Gone Girl

Sharp Objects is trying its darnedest to be this year’s Big Little Lies.   Amy Adams and Particia Clarkson teamed up (just like Reese and Nicole) to give viewers something dark and depressing to watch on Sunday nights.  The series is turning out to be just as dark as the novel. Below are a few other novel suggestions, that aren’t Gone Girl, that are similar to Sharp Objects.   

Dead Letters

By. Caite Dolan-Leach

Similarity: The importance of words & letters

According to THIS article, Sharp Objects has a few hidden words and messages on screen.  Camille Preaker uses her body as a vocabulary list of words she can’t forget. Moral of the story: In Sharp Objects, words are important. 

Dead Letters has a similar philosophy.  Ava receives messages from her presumably dead sister, Zelda, and must follow her clues to figure out what has happened to her.  She must string together the words and clues to solve the mystery.


The Summer Wives

By. Beatriz Williams

Similarity: The relationships between mothers, daughters and step-sisters

The Summer Wives is not as dark and intense as Sharp Objects.   For example. Williams’ story takes place on a WASP-y island where the girls wear “scandalous” luau outfits and drink champagne.  The link between Summer Girls and Sharp Objects  can be found in the the relationships between mothers and daughters and step-sisters/half-sisters.  


Sometimes I Lie

By. Alice Feeney

Similarity: Plot Twist!



Here’s the first four lines of Sometimes I Lie it’s all you’ll need to be hooked:


My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:

  1. I’m in a coma.
  2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
  3. Sometimes I lie.


The Last Mrs. Parrish

By. Liv Constantine

Similarity: Aspirational Settings


In The Last Mrs. Parrish,  Amber Patterson becomes completely consumed with the lifestyle of the Parrish family.  Amber plots and schemes to create a new and perfect life for herself. Like Sharp Objects and Big Little Lies and Gone Girl, the book has a setting that is based off of your Pinterest vision board.  


Winter’s Bone

By. Daniel Woodrell

Similarity: Missouri Setting


When Sharp Object’s isn’t describing the beautiful Creelin family home, it is usually describing the lovely backdrop of the pig-slaughtering hometown.  Winter’s Bone has a little bit of that pig-slaughtering flair, except this time the town is more focused on meth sales and the ambiance of the Ozarks.


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