Sharp Objects

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.

sharp objects

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

My Thoughts:
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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2 thoughts on “Sharp Objects

  1. i read this, too! i thought ‘gone girl’ was insanely clever and really kept me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out how the hell it would all work out and who was guilty. i really had noooo clue where the book was going and I LOVED that. then i read ‘sharp objects’ and … blah. toward the middle i started to figure it out just because it seemed kind of obvious. i liked ‘dark places’ better than ‘sharp objects’ but i was a bit unsatisfied with the ending. i dunno. i just think my expectations, after ‘gone girl’ were sky high and she probably couldn’t match them, which isn’t her fault. i’ll still read her other stuff- she’s clever. with her, i don’t ever feel like it’s a book i have read before.

    • I completely agree! I read Gone Girl first and the others just didn’t measure up in my mind. They were each interesting in their own right, but didn’t pack the punch that GG did for me. If you ever find another author similar to her, let me know; I’m always on the lookout for a great read!

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