Book of The Day
“Sharp Objects” by Gillian Flynn
Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, 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 in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.
I’m actually in the middle of reading this book for the second time. It was that good! I had previously read “Dark Objects” & “Gone Girl” by Gillian before this one and with those being so amazing I couldn’t go without indulging in “Sharp Objects.”
I loved the dynamic of each person and how they interacted with each other. They were all so different but the same in some aspects. It’s very obvious that they’re related. Camille had her issues but I began to sympathize with her and I was definitely on her side. Her little sister was a little snot, but very intriguing. She seemed much older than what she was. The way she had everyone in the palm of her hands, except for Camille, was enchanting in a way. Their mother Adora was a piece of work to say the least. She was living in denial and I’m not sure if she even realized it because she was so sick in the head. Dysfuntion at an all time high.
But what makes this story so exciting is the fact that you really can’t figure out who is behind all of the murders against these young girls. There are multiple characters that can be responsible. My money was on Adora. What was revealed about her and her late daughter was shocking. A lot of secrets and a lot of twists will keep your brain churning.
I would say this might be my favorite Gillian Flynn novel so far. It’s fairly short but it doesn’t hold back on the heart pounding excitement. There were no slow parts. It keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. & when you finally see who is behind all the madness it’ll leave your mouth hanging to the floor! I highly recommend this book.
“Sharp Objects” is being adapted into an 8 episode series on HBO this year so look out for that. I can’t wait to watch!
Have you read any of Gillian’s novels? Which one was your favorite?