Friday, April 18, 2014

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

{Review} Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Title: Sharp Objects
Author: Gillian Flynn
Published: September 26th by Shaye Areheart Books
Pages: 272
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.

I couldn’t wait to pick up Sharp Objects after finishing Dark Places (also by Gillian Flynn) and I was not disappointed.  I find Flynn’s writing refreshing compared to the fluffier young adult books I normally read.  Flynn has the ability to create a world in which you are absolutely terrified of, but also totally engrossed in.  The first third of this book was a little slow for me, but then I was not able to put it down!  Although I loved the mystery element of this book, I found that the characters really were the driving force of the plot.  Flynn created a smorgasbord of disturbing characters, all with deep rooted psychological problems, but somehow has made the “troubled” female protagonist likable.  I do not want to talk too much about this book or its characters because I don’t want to give away any of the major plot points and ruin the book for potential readers.  All I can say about the mystery is that the ending was somewhat predictable, but Flynn threw in some elements that I did not see coming.  This book read a lot like a movie, which I am guessing it is only a matter of time before it is picked up for a major motion picture considering both of Flynn’s other books are currently in production.  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes dark psychological thrillers, although, this book contains a lot of explicit situations involving sex and drugs so I would only recommend it to mature readers.



  1. This was my first Flynn book. It wasn't at all what I was expecting, so I found myself pleasantly, and disturbingly, surprised. I can't wait to get my hands on more!

  2. I think that I liked Dark Places a little bit better than Sharp Objects so you should check that one out too. I can't wait to read Gone Girl!


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