Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn | Book Review

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Pages: 254 paperback
Publication date: July 31st, 2007
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
How I got the copy: Bought 
Rating:  4 out of 5

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.

This book is a mystery/thriller and this being my first Gillian Flynn book I don't regret picking it up, it was so twisted and creepy.

Sharp Objects is about a woman, Camille Parkers a reporter who's just been released from a short stay at the psych hospital. She is told to cover a story about young girls being murdered in her home town. Camille hasn't been back since she left eight years ago and now will be staying at her mother, Adora's house during her stay in Wind Gape. Her mother raised Camille but never loved her. 

Camille doesn't know her half-sister but comes to realize that she's a spoiled thirteen-year-old who still throws tantrums over her dollhouse but acts like an adult when around her friends. Camille also realizes that her half-sister is mean to everyone but in front of Adora Camille's half-sister acts like a little girl who needs to be held and tended too and needs her mother.

The story has it's twisted and turns about who the murder might be and you discover more about Camille and her family along the way. The book is messed up and twisted, in a way you want to know who is killing these girls and why Camille's family is so messed up. 

Even though I really like this story and it's a small book it took me a bit of time to get through it.  However, I do recommend Sharp Objects to those who like mystery/thrillers and to pick this up before the movie adaptation is on big screens. 


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