Book Review: Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

The blurb: When two girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town to report on the crimes.

Long-haunted by a childhood tragedy and estranged from her mother for years, Camille suddenly finds herself installed once again in her family’s mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and the half-sister she barely knows – a precocious 13-year-old who holds a disquieting grip on the town.

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.

My review: Wow! Dark, disturbing and utterly enthralling. Sharp Objects is one hell of a book, never shying away from taking the dark path, I raced through this book and was shocked and engaged throughout.

The premise is simple enough, a reporter from the big city returns to her home town to cover the story of a little girls disappearance. But there all the simplicity ends. This is not an ordinary town, the social hierarchy from school upwards, is kept in line through violence and manipulation, bullying features in every interaction within social groups, Mothers being as bad as their teenage daughters and all seeming to have either inflated or a lack of self-respect.

The reporter, Camille is neither a simple heroine, victim or detective but a cunning mix of all three, I really warmed to her character and her personal mental affliction was a really original twist in this book.

Sharp Objects is really clever, a claustrophic atmosphere permeates from the beginning, all is not well in small town America, and Camille’s family are creepy, omnipresent and wield a power over others that is frightening to read. No happy endings here, it’s a tough road until the end. This is a really excellent crime novel. Highly recommended.

9.5 out of 10 stars! *********.5

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