Family, Fiction, Mystery/Thriller

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

I liked this story significantly more than Dark Places but it still wasn’t as good as Gone Girl. Either way, it’s worth reading if you are into the whole “twisted” storyline kind of thing.

In this novel, the main character, Camille, is a journalist. She is reluctantly sent back to her home town to cover the grisly murders of two young girls. When she reaches home, she is surrounded by everyone and everything she had been trying so hard to avoid – including her mother and half-sister. As she delves deeper and deeper into the murders, she finds herself being caught in a web of secrets. Is the killer really someone from the town? Is there truth to any of the gossip from the locals? And how is her family connected to all of this?

This is perhaps not my greatest summary. But I really don’t want to give anything away and I am always afraid that in my eagerness to give details, I will divulge some important clues.
I really like this author. She makes you love and hate the main character. Every single character is flawed; you can never really like anyone fully. I can never fully predict the twists and turns in the story and the reasonings behind the grisly crimes are truly shocking and disturbing (and I mean this as a compliment). It is rare for me to feel so disturbed by a book (again, meant in a good way); for an author to be able to do this in every single book I have read by her is just incredible. I think the one thing that really makes it for me, though, is that the killer always goes to jail. In some way, it shows that no matter the messed-up situation, the killer will always pay.
If you liked Dark Places, you will love Sharp Objects. If you have read Heartstopper by Joy Fielding (I wrote a review about this in the past), then you will adore this author! So give her a chance to freak you out and enjoy the experience!

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