Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn

Sharp ObjectsSynopsis

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

This book had me on the edge of my seat every step of the way. I could barely put it down – even for Christmas Eve dinner! It was definitely confounding, heart-pounding, pulse-racing, and incredibly twisted.

Just how twisted is this book? Honestly, it cannot be described unless you read it. For the most part, I could relate to Camille. I’ve been where she’s at – more than once. Cutting, boozing, and so on. It’s a dark, dark place to be, and it’s hard to get out of. That really hit home for me, which made the whole book so much more intense for me.

Despite this intensity, at the very heart lies an incredible murder mystery. Usually, I like to think I’m good at figuring out the whole ‘whodunnit’ thing. I really couldn’t this time. Every step further to the truth, took me a few steps further back from my initial suspicions. Though I thought I was right on track for a little while, I was promptly slapped in the face with the truth – finally, the truth!

The heart-rending truth that lies in these pages is… intense, and yet so exquisite. This twisted ride was a pulse-racer, and a mind bender. I really loved every moment of it. I look forward to reading more from Gillian Flynn.


~ by Aubrey Smith on December 25, 2013.

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