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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.
Praise for Sharp Objects
“Nasty, addictive reading.”—Chicago Tribune
“Skillful and disturbing.”—Washington Post
“Darkly original . . . [a] riveting tale.”—People
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Sharp Objects is disturbing, unnerving, and impossible to put down. From the very first paragraph, Gillian Flynn’s expertly paced story of small-town murder and long-buried family secrets burrowed under our skin. Flynn repeatedly turns our expectations upside down and draws us into a world where no one turns out to be who they seem. Her complicated narrator, Camille—a damaged, suspicious, and cynical newspaper reporter—proves that Flynn nailed the unpredictable, unconventional heroine long before Gone Girl made her a star. We’re excited to see Amy Adams bring her to life in the HBO miniseries!
Flynn's debut novel focuses on an emotionally fragile young woman whose sanity is being severely tested by family dysfunction, smalltown incivility and murder. It is a mesmerizing psychological thriller that is also quite disturbing and, thanks to reader Lee's chillingly effective rendition, at times almost unbearably so. Camille Preaker, a novice reporter with a history of self-mutilation, is sent to her hometown in Missouri to cover the murder of one teenage girl and the disappearance of another. There, she must face a variety of monsters from the past and the present, including her aloof and patronizing mother, her obnoxiously precocious 13-year-old stepsister who dabbles in drugs, sex and humiliation, and an unknown serial killer whose mutilated victims bring back haunting memories. Lee's interpretation of mom enhances the character's detachment and airy state of denial to an infuriating degree. And her abrupt change of pace when Camille suddenly begins chanting the words carved on her body is hair-raising. But the voice Lee gives to the stepsister tinged with a sarcastic, cynical and downright evil girly singsong makes one's blood run cold. Simultaneous release with the Shaye Areheart hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 21).
This being the third novel I've read by Gillian Flynn, I have to admit each story wins me over even more than the last. I always love to think I have a story figured out by page 4 but with so many twists in the plot, and not in a deus ex machina fashion, she keeps me guessing until quite literally the very last page. Her characters and plot lines have such a refreshing complexity for modern novels--I can't get enough!
Her earlier work, but still good
I have read all 3 if Gillian Flynn's books available on iTunes, and although this one was probably my least favorite, that doesn't mean it isn't good.....it's just that Gone Girl and Dark Places are really, REALLY good. I'd give Sharp Objects a 6, Dark Places a 7 1/2 and Gone Girl a 9. Gillian Flynn just keeps improving THAT much from book to book. This book is a shorter novel than I prefer, and it definitely has some character plots that go undefined, but, all in all, a great read. Now go read Gone Girl!
I figured it out before I was half way through but was intrigued enough to keep reading.