Review: Sharp Objects

Title: Sharp Objects
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books
Purchase: The Book Depository
❝ 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've read Flynn's books in reversed order, starting with Gone Girl and ending with her debut novel, Sharp Objects. The interesting thing is that even though I consider this one distinctly different from the other two, it's still very dark and gruesome. I wouldn't have it any other way, truth be told!

What mainly struck me while reading Sharp Objects, is that it was perhaps one of the most twisted plots I've ever read. Flynn addressed serious issues such as murder and cutting. And even though that in itself is really shocking, what got to me the most was the fact that she could take something so sweet and safe as a family life with a doting mother and turn it into a truly horrific situation.

As with all of Flynn's books, the characterization was on point and left nothing to be desired. It felt as though I was taking little peaks into Camille's soul and slowly got to understand what she had been through and how it changed her as a person. The other characters, such as Camille's little sister and her mother, were also really intriguing. I thought that after reading two of Flynn's books, I could say with certainty who the offender in this scenario was. I didn't guess right though, and as expected the plot twist was mind-blowing. 

I haven't addressed this in my previous reviews, but what I love best about the author is the way that she portrays women. They aren't clingy and weak, but very twisted and more than capable of violence and manipulation. In Sharp Objects, the men play a role to a certain extent, but it's all about the women and their actions. It makes for such a welcome change from the usually men-focused literature!

I can't really think of any criticism, so all I can say is that this is a spectacular debut novel that will have you on the edge of your seat!

5 stars because:

✓ Twisted themes
✓ Great characterization
✓ Focus on women
✓ Plot twist

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