It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Gillian Flynn. Her twisted, dark writing blows my mind with every book I read. I recently finished Sharp Objects, and I was surprised by my reaction.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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
Not as good as her other books! With Gone Girl and Dark Places, I felt that I was on the edge of my seat. While Sharp Objects was intriguing, it wasn’t the can’t-put-it-down novel that I have come to expect from Flynn. It was still a shocking, suspenseful, twisted book, and it certainly held my attention. The plot explores the sometimes sensitive subject of family and what it’s like returning home after a long time. The characters each have a distinct personality, and I never had to flip back to remind myself who was who. Flynn does a wonderful job, but in comparison to her other books, it didn’t strike as strong of a chord with me.
I will say that if you’re looking for an author with shock and awe value, Gillian Flynn is your woman. I already can’t wait for her next book!
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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