Well, hello there my faithful followers, I apologize for my absence and promised myself I would return with a bang and a pow, well here is it. I have been uninspired lately, haven’t liked anything I’ve read, resulting in me shunning volumes of romance novels and grasping at straws. I legitimately had to speak to a human person at work and discuss a good book…it was terrifying. Finding other young, attractive females who read is similar to seeing a dog walk on it’s hind legs, it’s possible, you just never thought you’d experience it. So when I encountered not 1 but 3 gals at work who like freaky (not that kind, that’s my other book blog) novels I was stoked, and so began my deep dive into physiological mystery thrillers. I’m not sure if that’s a genre but I’m making it one now. Here we go…
Here’s “Sharp Objects”:
Gillian Flynn’s freshman novel “Sharp Objects” follows journalist Camille Preaker who returns to help home town in Missouri to cover the disappearance and deaths of two young girls. After hardly speaking to her overbearing Mother in the past decade, Camille returns to a Victorian mansion she once called home,a creepy older stepfather and 13 year old half sister she barely knows. While investigating the murders shes is forced to reevaluate her own well-being, and deal with a family that redefines dysfunction.
The Heroine: Much like Gone Girl, Flynn’s narrator is fabulously flawed and not entirely free of blame yet you find yourself pulling for a lesser of two evils. Camille is in need of a serious hug, but at the same time shes whiny and irritating. If you didn’t figure it out from the title, Camille is a cutter, carving words into her skin at alarming rates, her wardrobe rivals that of a Hasidic woman. 80% of my time thinking of Camille was wondering how she didn’t die of heat stroke. All that aside, she is a beautifully flawed character who know she’s not doing the right thing, hates being where she is and yet longs for acceptance from her mentor so much she continues on a path that may very well kill her.
The Plot: Holy freaking crap. Gillian Flynn is a genius. The woman has some serious issues that I hope she never seeks treatment for. The story itself is original and haunting, full of twists I never saw coming and a heroine I didn’t love cheering for. I have to say, the ending to Gone Girl and Dark Places petered out for me, Sharp Objects really didn’t follow suit (or should I say the others departed?). The climax and epilogue provided answers to all open ended questions and mostly rounded the characters stories out nicely which I really enjoyed. I truly didn’t see the motive for the murders coming, for me that more than the murderer was the strangest and creepiest twist.
Classy Broad Approved!