Sharp Objects is the first of three novels written by New York Times bestselling author, Gillian Flynn. With rave reviews from many publications, and well-known thriller authors such as Stephen King, this novel pulls you in and keeps you guessing until the very end.
Camille Preaker, a 30-something, mediocre reporter, is sent on assignment to her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri, to cover the horrific murders of two young girls. Upon her return, Camille must face her estranged mother, her teenage half-sister who she barely knows, and to a small town full of whispers. Armed with her flask of warm vodka, and scars from her broken past, Camille must find a way to battle her demons if she wants to get to story she came for.
Sharp Objects was the first book I chose to read in my quest to read at least three books within 2018. What led me to this novel was all the positive reviews I had heard about Gillian Flynn’s more recent work, Gone Girl. It was recommended, though, to read all three of her novels in order; Sharp Objects being the first.
I will admit, I have a semi-short attention span, which sometimes makes finishing a book (especially if it is underwhelming) quite difficult. This was not the case with this book. Once I picked it up and started reading, I had a hard time putting it down. With every chapter, I became more intrigued with Camille and her relationships (or lack thereof) Gillian Flynn did such a great job at conveying emotions that I felt real sympathy for Camille. I could feel the gut-wrenching anxiety she suffered upon returning home and I felt her need to be liked by Amma (her teenage half-sister) when she decided to go along and party (a little too hard) with her and a group of her friends. Deep down, you begin to piece together that all Camille was really yearning for was to be loved. Her mother never truly loved her, she had never had a man really love her, and she never learned to love herself. Personally, I found a depressing undertone to an otherwise suspenseful story.
What I think I enjoyed most was the “whodunit” type storyline, and the fact that you truly didn’t get that answer until the last few pages. Even Camille herself thinks she has it all figured out until the very end. Each chapter takes you down a different road of theories from the gossipy town of Wind Gap. It’s hard not to give in to the chatter and think the obvious suspect was the one who hurt those little girls.
Overall, I am very content with my choice to make this my first book of 2018. If you are a fan of a good thriller, with a side of teen angst, I would definitely suggest this book!