Title: Sharp Objects
Author: Gillian Flynn
First Published: 2006
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 272 pages
Buy on: Book Depository
Rating: ★★★★★

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*** Trigger-warning: self-harming, eating disorders, mental health issues. Please take caution whilst reading the book, and this review.

Possible spoilers!

     “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.”

     Gillian Flynn will never cease to amaze me. Her novels will hold you captive until you’re finished reading. Her writing is so entrancing, so captivating. Every grim detail will have you on the edge of your seat, waiting to find out who the murderer is. Gillian Flynn has a knack for writing dark, disturbing novels.

     I’m not going to put it lightly, this book is pretty fucked up. The characters, the crimes committed in the book, everything about it is dark. It was quite triggering for me, as someone who has previously suffered from self-harming. The imagery used is all too real.

     I feel like Camille Preaker, the main character, was quite relatable for a decent amount of people. She had a mother who never loved her, a biological father she’d never met, a half-sister who was just wretched; she’d self-harmed, and self-medicated (mostly with alcohol); she didn’t have many friends she could turn to. She had a tough time growing up, and I think a lot of people would be able to see a little bit of themselves in her character.

     I don’t know if it was obvious to everyone else, but I guessed who the murderer was and ended up being correct – even though Flynn tries to throw you off the track a few times.A few times I doubted myself on who it was going to be, I kept flip-flopping between two characters. I feel like it was still a good mystery, though. There were plenty of situations where I caught myself going “what??? why?!? HOW?!” etc.

     I really wished it could have worked out between Camille and Richard, I was shipping them so hard. I was so excited to see Camille being a little happy. I wanted a good ending for her, but I guess she did still get one in the end. It was better for her than it could have been.

     There wasn’t much about Sharp Objects I didn’t like. A few characters annoyed me (Katie and the mommy squad), but really I couldn’t find much fault with this book. It was beautifully written, but what else can you expect coming from Gillian Flynn?

     If you’ve ready Flynn’s other books, Gone Girl or Dark Places, you should read this ASAP. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery, or thriller.

     Have a great day!


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