I have so many book reviews to post, my procrastination has reached an all-time high! But I’m back and ready to review. Guys, I’ve read some AMAZING books, I seriously can’t wait to tell you all about all of them. I’m going to go in the order that I read them, first up is Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects.
Ever since I read Flynn’s highly celebrated masterpiece Gone Girl, I’ve been interested to read more of her work. I’ve also been hesitant. I mean nothing can really stand up to the absolutely mind-bending plot of Gone Girl. In fact, one of my literary pet peeves is the insistence of publishers to relate every mystery involving a woman to that book. But if anyone can match it, then it would be the author herself.
Flynn wrote Sharp Objects before Gone Girl and it is interesting to see her growth in characterization and darkness. This book is dark, very dark but still not nearly as dark as Gone Girl. I can see her evolution, and that is something pretty cool to be able to look at.
This story follows Camille, a mentally unstable journalist in Chicago. She is a cutter and was just recently released from a mental hospital. She is sent on assignment back to her very small town to investigate the disappearance of two young girls. She has a very complicated relationship with her mother Adora who is cruel and callous. She also must face her thirteen-year-old half-sister Amma an odd child that she barely knows. Camille is haunted by the death of her younger sister Marian, who died from an unspecified illness.
As she delves further into this case, Camille reveals the horrors of her own family. Amma acts like a child for her mother, playing with dolls and often being sick. But outside of the home she takes drugs, is cruel to other kids, and flaunts her sexuality. Adora shows no compassion to Camille, and is dismissive of her pain.
Camille herself is no saint. She is an alcoholic and uses sex to get what she wants but she is very tortured from her past. She must face the fact that her mother and half-sister are responsible for these crimes and that her sister was killed as well.
This book is a great thrill ride, one that the reader can catch on to unlike Gone Girl which is unpredictable in any way. Flynn begins to dabble in character darkness, something that she finesses later in her career.