Sharp Objects Author:Gillian Flynn After eight years, the murders of two preteen girls -- timed nearly a year apart--bring reporter Camille Preaker back to her hometown. As she works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, Camille finds herself forced to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past. — WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart — Words are like a r... more »oad 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.« less
One of the most disturbing and terrifying novels I have read. You can't put it down...almost because you are afraid if you do, you won't pick it up again. Flynn writes with such grit and realism that you actually feel the pain inside the main character. This is not light reading by any stretch of the imagination.
This book was definitely more than I expected. It is a dark and disturbing novel. It is definitely not a fun & light beach read. However, if you taste in reading materials leans towards the darker side of things (say Stephen King), then you must give this book a try. It is well-written, and although the reader may decipher the mystery before it is revealed, it is worth the wait. I loved that the main female characters, although not particularly likeable, we all so different. It is certainly refreshing to read a book that shows female characters as complex beings, not just the same cookie cutter character.
I didn't like this book. It was an easy read, a page-turning thriller, but much like Dan Brown novels, I didn't feel like the characters stood out and the story was a bit forgettable. But if you need to kill some time at the airport, it's an okay read.