Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sharp Objects - A Review

Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn

Synopsis from Barnes & Noble website:

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.

My Thoughts:

Wow what an amazing book. It was full of twists and turns and what struck me as interesting is the main character is as messed up as the bad guy is. The story deals with cutting, Munchausen's, alcohol abuse, jealousies, family dysfunctions, among other afflictions through out. But in the mist of all of the crud going on there is a great mystery to solve and Gillian told the story wonderfully.

The book pulled me in quickly and didn't let me off until the last page. All in all I would have to give this two thumbs up and I look forward to reading her newest novel soon.


Cindy said...

glad you liked it, sounds good :)

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Peter S. said...

Hello! I got here through Ryan's blog. I absolute loved Sharp Objects! Very very satisfying.

Anonymous said...

Loved this book too...wait until you read her next one...even better!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

It's been awhile since I read this one, but I recall being addicted to it during the process! And your insightful review took me right back there.