Book Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

February 28, 2018 Book Reviews 2

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Book Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian FlynnSharp Objects on Published 2006
Pages: 254
Source: Library
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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.

 

Most people know the name or have heard of Gillian Flynn. Many of her books are being made into movies. Until recently I wasn’t on the band wagon, and there isn’t a specific reason why, other than there are a ton of great authors out there. She writes psychological thrillers, so there was only a matter of time before I tried one of her books.

Enter Sharp Objects. I was lucky enough to find this in Overdrive from my library! Love, love, love this! So glad libraries are keeping up with the times. This was the only one available, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Fortunately, I am pleasantly surprised and impressed. There are some portions of this that are a little out of EVEN MY comfort zone but not in a gory way. In a way that could trigger someone with depression. Being someone with depression (and with mommy issues), I was again surprised that even though I connected with the main character, I never felt like this story was going to take over my life or make me depressed.

Even so, trigger warnings!

As Camille is trying to report on the two killings of these girls, she is staying at her Mom’s. As if a murder investigation wasn’t thrilling enough, she also has to worry about her perfect mother throwing a fit, or maybe even knifing her in the back. To put it bluntly, they don’t exactly get along.

My only question with this portion is why she stays there. There’s a bit between Camille and her mother at the end, and without Camille staying there, this would not have been known. But, it is the only part of the book where I felt it was a bit contrived.

Also, the twist at the end, I was able to guess. There isn’t much to go off of to figure out who the killer is, but there are some clues. It’s more the idea that I do not trust anyone, than actual plot clues though. Everyone in this town is nuts, so there’s that. Pretty easy to figure out who the killer is when all the suspects are flipping out and need to go to a psychward.

My initial thoughts were to get through this as soon as possible because it is intense, but as the plot unravels, I wanted the story to continue. For Camille’s sake, it really did need to end, but the story kept me present and alert. Apparently Gillian Flynn’s debut, and now I know why everyone likes her so much!

 

 

Rating Report
Plot
5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
Cover
5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

 

 

Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. She has so far written three novels, Sharp Objects, for which she won the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller; Dark Places; and her best-selling third novel Gone Girl.

Her book has received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. The dark plot revolves around a serial killer in a Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned from Chicago to cover the event. Themes include dysfunctional families,violence and self-harm.

In 2007 the novel was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Writer, Crime Writers’ Association Duncan Lawrie, CWA New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, winning in the last two categories.

Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master’s degree from Northwestern University.

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn”

  1. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I’m glad you enjoyed this. Unfortunately, I read Gone Girl and then saw the movie and don’t know why I tortured myself because I hated them both. However, I do think this author has a lot of talent and is awesome at creating flawed, unlikable characters – because ALL of them in Gone Girl were unlikable.

    Seems like she has kind of fallen off the radar as I’ve not heard of any other books she has coming out. We watched a movie of another book, which Charlize Theron – I think Dark Places, and I enjoyed it a lot more.

    • Christina

      I just got Gone Girl on Audio. I’ll give it a try but if I don’t like it, I”ll just DNF. Thanks for the warning! I’ll have to look up Dark Places now!

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