Book Review–Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn


This is the 81st book from my 200 Book Reading Challenge.

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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Published July 31st, 2007


WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, 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 again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.


This one was a very strange read but I ended up liking it a lot. I haven’t read any other books by this author, even though I know Gone Girl is very popular. While I liked this book, it took me longer to read than I thought it would–I think it has to do with the writing style. It wasn’t bad, but it also seemed to make this a slower read than usual. Maybe it’s just me.

If you like disturbing reads, this is one you need to check out. There’s plenty of things to be disturbed about in this one. If you like crime stories, you may also like it as well.

The author did a great job with the story and with the characters. I liked the main character, Camille, and found her dark past tragic but interesting. I even sometimes liked her younger sister, Amma, even though her past and current life is really screwed up. Their mother mostly pissed me off. I started to guess the truth about the mother early on.

I liked the small town setting. I’m from a small town and the way things happened as they did and how the town reacted as a whole is realistic. Wasn’t expecting the twist at the end until right before it was revealed. Makes everything that happened even worse somehow.

I’d probably read this one again. If you are easily offended, this one probably isn’t for you. I’ll definitely be checking out Gone Girl for sure.






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