Book Review: Sharp Objects by: Gillian Flynn

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books

Publish Date: September 26, 2006

Origins: Purchased

Format: Trade Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: 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.

Review: Camille is a startlingly frank and damaged woman, who is sympathetically unsympathetic. She’s send back to her home town of Wind Gap from Chicago by her boss to cover the murder of one little girl and the disappearance of another girl for the newspaper at which she works. Camille spent some time in a mental hospital after her cutting was discovered, which all stems from her seriously dysfunctional childhood. Now back under her mother’s roof, she realizes there is a whole lot more wrong in Wind Gap than she ever imagined.

‘Sharp Objects’ sucks you in quickly and by the end, you are dazed and shocked by the events within. I read this book in one sitting and I was amazed at how deftly Ms. Flynn captured not only the soul of a small town, but the deeper chasms of mental illness and brought the characters to startling life against a seemingly bucolic setting. ‘Sharp Objects’ makes you wonder if you really know anyone at all…

Ms. Flynn has written a scarily realistic, wickedly twisted, and psychologically terrifying first novel in ‘Sharp Objects’.


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