I was first introduced to Gillian Flynn’s work when I read Gone Girl last year. I was throughly impressed with her writing then and I am even more so now. This is Ms. Flynn’s first novel and what a fantastic piece of work it is! A true page turner. What daughter can’t relate to a less than perfect relationship to her mother as an unruly teenager. Some of us are fortunate to change that into a great relationship later in life but not all of us are that lucky. This story takes a mother’s love for her daughter to a whole new level.
I really enjoyed this book not only for the unsolved mystery but also for the emotions it caused me to feel for their relationship. Just when you think there might be some hope you are brought back to the reality of what type of twisted human being she really is. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a great murder mystery.
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.