Becky’s Fortieth Book Review: “Sharp Objects” by Gillian Flynn

Yesterday morning I started reading “Sharp Objects” by Gillian Flynn. Last night I finished it. The novel was truly addictive, a fast paced thriller that I could not put down. The story is about a woman named Camille who writes for a small Chicago newspaper. In the small town that Camille grew up in, a girl goes missing—the second one in nine months. The first girl had turned up dead with all of her teeth removed. Knowing that Camille is from this town, her boss asks her to cover the story. He thinks that it would be good for Camille to get home after her recent stay in a hospital where she was treated for cutting. Rather than cutting in the traditional sense (if that makes sense), Camille would cut words into herself. Camille is forced to return to the home she hasn’t seen in eight years and the town that she had hoped to never see again. Very shortly after arriving in town, the second girl turns up dead with all of her teeth removed as well.

We soon learn just how uncomfortable life was for Camille growing up. Her mother is a stiff, cold woman who never forgave Camille for being the daughter to live. When she was thirteen, Camille lost her little sister who was always sickly. Her sister was of course doted upon by her parents and the loss was devastating to the family. Now Camille is stuck in her old town in her old home in her old room and finding herself relating to the victims. In her old home is a new sister, thirteen years old herself and mother’s favorite. Amma goes back and forth between being a charming little girl to an out of control teen. Camille is forced to deal with the demons that she had been suppressing for so long.

While reading the novel I kept trying to figure out what was happening to these girls and I enjoyed how the end was a twist that I really didn’t see coming. Would I recommend this book? It certainly is not for the faint of heart, but I enjoyed it enough to dive right into Flynn’s next novel this morning. Gillian Flynn has a way of tackling dark subjects and making them truly fascinating.


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