Title: Sharp Objects
Author: Gillian Flynn
Genre: Thriller, mystery
Pages: 254 pages (9 hours & 34 minutes)
Grade: B ( 4/5)
Description (from cover): 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.
- Engaging mystery with just enough twists & turns to make you doubt your original theories
- Real and flawed characters
- Sometimes, the characters you’re supposed to root for are a little TOO dark
Windgap is a small town where every knows each other and nothing ever happens, and Camille Preaker has no desire to go back. But when a second little girl goes missing, Camillie’s editor in Chicago sends her back to cover the story. There, she meets the half-sister she barely knows, struggles to get anyone to talk to her about the case, and is controlled by the neurotic mother she once escaped. But in order to solve the case, Camille must face her own past, no matter the implications.
I listened to Sharp Objects as an audiobook, something which I’m not usually a fan of. However, this is one that does well as an audio because it isn’t overly complex: there aren’t too many characters, the writing isn’t too metaphorical, and the story is rather simple.
But most importantly, Sharp Objects was an engaging mystery. I wanted to know “who did it”, and I wanted to know more about Camille’s past. It was fascinating, and it was definitely fun putting the pieces together.
Even though the mystery was somewhat easy to figure out, Flynn did a good job at making me doubt my theories. There were enough small twists and turns that made me question my list of suspects. At times, I wasn’t sure I was on the right track.
The characters also felt like real people. They were very flawed and unique. I even recognized some of the people from my own life in them.
That being said, I found it hard to relate to them. Flynn creates some dark characters, which I’m all for, but sometimes they cross the line for me. There are certain things I can’t sympathize with, and one of the characters you’re supposed to root for does one of those things. Vague, I know. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but if you’ve read it, I’m sure you can guess what it was.
Anyway, if you’re fan of dark characters, murder mysteries, and psychological thrillers, this is a book you would enjoy. And if you were like me and hesitant to read it because you hated Gone Girl, Sharp Objects is SO much better. Give it a chance, and then if you haven’t yet, watch the show on HBO.