Genre: Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
Book Jacket Synopsis: “Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, 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 in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims – a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story – and survive this homecoming.”
Review: As my first Gillian Flynn novel, I had pretty high expectations for Sharp Objects, based on the widespread critical acclaim garnered by Gone Girl. And at the book’s conclusion, I found myself agreeing with Stephen King’s analysis: Sharp Objects is an “admirably nasty piece of work.” It was impossible to put this book down; in fact, I found myself frantically turning pages and finished Sharp Objects in under three hours. The plot was spellbinding, and I spent a majority of the book trying to figure out, for myself, who the murderer was (disclaimer: I guessed wrong). Flynn clearly has immense skill as a writer and was able to completely draw me into the plot and characters. My only complaint is that the actual reveal and discussion of who the murderer is only takes up a handful of pages at the very end of the book. Perhaps it’s a testament to Flynn’s writing prowess, but I wasn’t ready for Sharp Objects to end. I wanted more details on the hows and whys of the murders. Altogether, Sharp Objects was a really tremendous debut novel.