Title: Sharp Objects
Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Thriller, Crime, Suspense, Adult, Contemporary, Horror
Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books
September 26th, 2006
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.
With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.
I love Gillian Flynn as an author, I think she is an amazing writer and I have enjoyed all of the books that I have read by her so far. I began reading this book knowing that it would be dark and twisted, but I was a little bit taken aback with how deeply disturbed a handful of the characters are. With that said, all of the characters are well developed and unique. The plot is captivating yet haunting and leaves your mind spinning. I will admit that I had figured out the killer close to the halfway mark in the book and was not at all surprised with who it turned out to be. I was thrown for a loop by the cause of death of another character though. Sharp Objects definitely gave me the chills multiple times throughout the book and I could not put it down.