Review: Sharp Objects

Title: Sharp Objects Image

Author: Gillian Flynn

Rating: ★★★★

Provided 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.

Review: Twisted, raw, real — that is how I would describe this book.

After reading Gone Girl, I became enthralled by Gillian Flynn and decided to look into more of her work; hence how I came to read Sharp Objects. What goes on in this author’s head? How does she manage to create such toxic environments, brutal psychological conditions, and damaged characters — and on top of that, she manages to make it all feel so real. There is no sugar coating allowed in her stories; it is what it is, people are what they are. The reader doesn’t have to like the characters (although I did kind of like Camille), but you WILL want to continue to read to solve and digest the mystery along with the protagonist.

What I really enjoy about Flynn’s work is how she looks into evil. How do people become evil? How do people understand what it means to hurt? Read this novel and find out.

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