Book Club Review: Sharp Objects

When I finished Gone Girl, I knew I wanted to read more Gillian Flynn ASAP. I knew of Sharp Objects and Dark Places and downloaded the latter before we left for Jamaica.

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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn:

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.

 

The description is more exciting than the book. I was a little disappointed. I loved Gone Girl, and it really surprised me with all it’s twists and turns, but I was far less wowed with Sharp Objects. The story has potential, and the writing is quick and enthralling like GG, but it seems a lot more … obvious? I can’t think of the right words to describe this, but nothing shocked me in this book. It seemed very disjointed like a much longer novel stuffed into 300 pages. There wasn’t a lot of character development, and the plot had some pretty big holes. Like GG, it’s a haunting book that will stick with you, and it is a quick read, but I hope Dark Places has a little more to offer.

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