My Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Sharp Objects
Author: Gillian Flynn
Pub Date: 2006
Publisher: Broadway Paperbacks
For People Who Like: Psychological Thrillers, Shocking Endings, Dark/Southern Atmospheres
I picked this book up when I was a few episodes into the new HBO mini-series of this book starring Amy Adams. Since I was addicted to the show and wanted to know the ending very badly, I read this in a matter of two days to find out what happens (two days is short for me). And in true Gillian Flynn fashion, the ending did not disappoint! In fact, it was so creative, I would have never guessed it even with more clues.
The haunting, Southern atmosphere of this story was so well done. And the creepiness was brought up to another level by the complex characters. This novel is very female character driven. It reminded me of how well Gillian Flynn did the female characters in Gone Girl (I’m new to her as an author, but I’m guessing this is her trademark). Camille, the complex main character drove the story very well, while Amma and Adora (her mom and sister) made it even better due to the dynamics between the three of them. Their relationships are just so odd that they’ll leave you confused even after you think you’ve finally figured it out.
This is my first Gillian Flynn novel and I was very impressed by how much I enjoyed her writing style and creative plot twists. I liked this one so much that I am currently reading another one of her novels, Dark Places. I’ve already seen the movie, Gone Girl, so I don’t see myself reading the book (I have this thing with endings where if I know the ending already then I’m not interested), but it was a great storyline.
If you’ve never read any of her books and are interested in starting (or loved her other books), I would definitely recommend reading Sharp Objects and then binge-watching the TV show!
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.