I’ll admit to you right up front that it took me a few chapters to get into this book—it may have been because I listened to it on Audiobook and the narrator was just so damn depressing, but I guess that was the point. Narrator aside, this book is very well written and surprisingly honest. When Camille is interacting with her parents, I could feel her frustration even without the author telling me Camille was frustrated.
Sharp Objects takes place in Camille’s hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri, a town that has a serial killer problem that no one wants to acknowledge. Two girls have disappeared and Camille, a reported for a Kansas City newspaper, gets the story. But her homecoming is not a pleasant one.
Like I said, Sharp Objects is a dark story; sex, cutting, drinking and drugs all are issues tackled within the pages. As well as Camille’s complicated relationship with her mother Adora, who every time she spoke I wanted to choke her out. I thought most of the scenes dealing with these dark issues fit into the story well, but when Camille starts talking about the first time she masturbated, I was confused. It really didn’t have anything to do with the story, having said that, it didn’t ruin the story for me; it wasn’t graphic or lewd and I just moved on and enjoyed the rest of the book.
There are several twists—as one would hope in a story like this—one I gleaned very early on, another I thought I had figured out all the way until the last chapter and then another twist threw me off. Events from Camille’s past come to the forefront to the story as it begins to wrap up and she finds that she is closer to these tragic murders than she would like.
Sharp Objects doesn’t have a happy ending. For that matter, none of Gillian Flynn’s other books do either, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like them. Some books just don’t end well for their characters, and well that’s life isn’t it?
The story is well-crafted, and the “dark” almost “gothic” tone is well-maintained throughout the story; there are no comic relief breaks, or “pick-me-ups” placed anywhere to bring you up out of your funk, which is something the reader should be prepared for going in.
I also recommend Dark Places and Girl Gone, Mrs. Flynn’s follow up novels, they will not disappoint.
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