Book Title: Sharp Objects
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: W & N
Publication Date: September 17th 2007
Genre(s): Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)
Format Received: Paperback
Goodreads: Fresh 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.
My Review: Woooooooo, what a novel. After reading Gone Girl which was just amazing, I was a little reluctant to read another of Gillian Flynn’s books, especially her first. I’ve had this sitting on my tbr pile for at least 2yrs. Why, I ask myself, have I waited so long to read it? I HAVE NO IDEA!!! It has blown my mind. I never in a million years would have guessed the ending. I had a theory which quite near to the end was blown well out of the water. Oh man, Gillian Flynn has again written a stunningly compulsive read, which I have to add, took me just two sittings in less than 24hrs to read.
On the front cover of this novel, it says ‘this family isn’t nuclear. It’s toxic.’ I would like to add that the family is also dysfunctional with a mother who is so damaged that the bearing of her psychological horror has passed onto her living children – this to me is just one damn right terror and living nightmare.
What a stunning debut novel. Gillian Flynn has written this novel in such a way that the horror creeps up on you slowly, sending you in all directions with theories here, there and everywhere … only for the truth to sneak up on you at the very end, leaving you speechless and unable to forget the memorable ending.
About the Author:
Her book has received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. The dark plot revolves around a serial killer in a Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned from Chicago to cover the event. Themes include dysfunctional families,violence and self-harm.
In 2007 the novel was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Writer, Crime Writers’ Association Duncan Lawrie, CWA New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, winning in the last two categories.
Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master’s degree from Northwestern University. For more information about Gillian Flynn, visit her website.