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This review is all about Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Another twisty, turny read with characters that I was fully invested in!
The story follows journalist Camille Preaker who is assigned a job back in her home time following the abduction and murder of two little girls. Camille is haunted by a childhood tragedy and has an awkward and often uncomfortable relationship with her mother. Camille returns to her family home, living alongside her mother, mother’s husband and 13 year old sister whom Camille barely knows. Her sister, it transcends has a bizarre and controlling grip on the little town in which they live.
Camille works to uncover the truth about the abductions and murders and finds herself identifying with the victims, in ways she did not suspect. Clues surrounding the murder lead to dead ends with the police losing hope in finding the killer. Camille encounters a journey into her own past in which she is required to confront her trauma in order to not only get justice for the children but also to survive.
About the Author
Gillian Flynn was the chief TV critic for Entertainment Weekly and now writes full-time. This (Sharp Objects) was her first novel which won two CWA daggers and was shortlisted for the Gold Dagger. Jillian has gone on to release the massive number one bestseller, Gone Girl. She has also written Dark Places and The Grown Up amongst others.
I found this novel to be fast paced and riveting which meant I didn’t want to put it down. The subject matter and the momentum driving the story makes for a psychologically gripping story which will keep returning to you for a while afterwards. I would definitely recommend however I think the book could have benefitted from a trigger warning for the more weak stomached as sometimes this could be hard hitting.
The only critisism I have of this book is I didn’t like Camille, the main character, which I was disappointed about. I think that she could have been presented as a bit of a softer character which would have suited her character and role without making it unbelievable.
“They always call depression the blues, but I would have been happy to waken to a periwinkle outlook. Depression to me is urine yellow, washed out, exhausted miles of weak piss”.
Scoring an 8/10 for this one. Definitely be prepared for some hard hitting topics which are not advertised before reading.