In two days I flew through the novel Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. I saw this book at Target and noticed that Stephen King gave it praise for “sharp writing and sharper insights” which drew me in. When King recommends a novel, that’s got to be a good sign, right?
Sharp Objects was Flynn’s first novel and I have to say it was great … in a twisted, disgusting yet intriguing way. I had to know what happened, even if that might staying awake until 3 a.m. to finish.
Without spoiling it, here’s the summary from the back:
“Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille Preaker’s first assignment at her second-rate daily paper takes her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. As she works to uncover the truth, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims– a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.”
The main characters in the novel (Camille, her younger sister, her mother, Richard) are very rich characters and Flynn makes you feel as if they are in the room with you. They are incredibly flawed people and I think these characters, and the storyline, will stick with me for a long time.
Main themes throughout the novel – child abuse, inflicted abuse, alcoholism and growing up in a small town.
Several times throughout reading I said out loud “that’s dark/disturbing” in certain situations – but those parts could not be taken out of the book because it made it what it was … a mystery/thriller.
I have read Flynn’s newest novel Gone Girl during the summer and I have to say I enjoyed (is that even the right word?) Sharp Objects much better. I did not understand all the hype aroundGone Girl, in my eyes it was VERY far-fetched and hard to get into. I wasn’t pulling for any of those characters. Having read Objects I’ll give Flynn another try.