Thursday, 26 September 2013
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn a Book Review.
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.
Sharp Objects is a read-it-now thriller that should have you turning the pages in your quest to unravel the whodunit mystery. It's Gillian Flynn's first, and her development as an author is clearly evident if you read her next two books, I'm glad I began with Gone Girl. The story revolves around Camille who has more than a few personality problems--caused, supposedly, by maternal lack of affection. She is a reporter on a little-read newspaper who is sent back to her home town to glean a high profile story on child murders. The story is well written and the character is likable despite her hang ups. I did not find the relationship between the sisters as portrayed by the author believable. The chief protagonist is in her thirties and she socialites in an illegal manner with her thirteen-year-old sister? Hey.... but it's fiction, right? So read it to get a novel spin on a family saga that is more than a little twisted and certainly interesting.