Christina’s Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Christina’s Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian FlynnSharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Published by Crown Publishing Group on 2006-09-26
Genres: Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover
FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF GONE GIRLFresh 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.

I read Gone Girl with the book club about a year ago, and let’s just say I slammed the book down when I reached the end and went into a huffy fit for a little while. It was sick, twisted, but good…real good. The book kept me thinking long after I finished it and carried the book club through such a great discussion. Because of this, I decided to nominate Gillian Flynn’s debut book Sharp Objects for our October read a year later.

First, I must say I was unexpectedly surprised when this book was not checked out from my library, so there was no wait, and I was able to dive right in! I started the book on a Sunday and finished it by Monday evening… once I got going, knowing how hooked I was with Gone Girl, I kept reading and was not disappointed. Sharp Objects follows a reporter, Camille, who travels back to her small, quiet home town to write a story on the murder of one little girl and a missing second. Flynn does a beautiful job allowing the reader to understand the emotions going through the reporter as she is forced to revisit the past she left behind and the family she had not been home to see in years. Diving deeper into the book, the reader learns the reporter has her own secrets from her past she still hides. From the outside looking in, what can appear to be the perfect family – millionaire factory owners in a big house, with beautiful daughters, a pristinely dressed and regarded mother, and a quiet father-figure – can have their secrets that will leave one squirming in their seats.

The way Flynn laid out Sharp Objects was brilliant to me. She gradually introduced new turns in events and insights into Camille’s past and relationship with her parents and self. She left breadcrumbs that built up suspense and anticipation throughout the book. The characters all seemed to have their own secrets waiting to be uncovered… In my opinion, Camille’s sister was a piece of work, as was her mother. Her father was a mysterious character..a man of few words. I kept wondering if they would have a roll in the turn of events. Reading, I was filled with hate, disgust, sorrow, skepticism, hope… I was cheering for some characters (Camille and her potential romantic encounters) and I was hoping others would “get what they deserved”…

I am excited to talk about this book with the book club and learn their reactions. I found these discussion questions online through Gillian Flynn’s site to review: And this is the perfect time to read Sharp Objects and Gone Girl as we anticipate the release of the Gone Girl movie coming out in early October!

I recommend diving into this twisted world of Gillian Flynn, starting with Sharp Objects… her writing-style is unique, captivating, and leaves the reader cringing amongst a slew of emotions in the end. Her style is unique and gives the brain and heart a good workout!

pj - christina