The author of Gone Girl and Dark Places, Gillian Flynn, is at it again, writing an equally disturbing and amazing page-turner, Sharp Objects.
All of the characters in this book are twisted. Some of the things they do to each other made me feel sick, but for some reason I kept on reading. This book will keep you up reading way past your bedtime, then when you finally pull yourself away, it will keep you up because of your haunted dreams.
Here’s the back story (no spoilers, don’t worry): The main character, Camille Preaker, is a reporter for a small paper in Chicago. Her first assignment, after returning from a short stay at a psych hospital, is to go to her hometown (where she hasn’t been in years) and uncover the truth about two young girls who were murdered there. Camille has a troubled past, but you don’t realize just how troubled it is until she’s living at home with her family (psychotic mother, backbone-less step father, and two faced half sister). Her life mishaps and broken childhood begins to bubble to the surface as she digs deeper and deeper into the murders at Wind Gap.
If you don’t get weirded out easily, I strongly recommend this book! But be warned, it’s odd. But isn’t that why we love Gillian Flynn anyways? Drinking, drugs, and sex are all abused in the book in ways you couldn’t imagine. Then throw in a bit of self-harm and you have the makings for this best selling novel!
Even though I didn’t read this for book club (it would be a killer book club book, put intended), I looked up the author’s discussion questions just for fun. Here are two that really got me thinking:
“When you die, you become perfect. I’d be like Princess Diana. Everyone loves her now.” Is Amma right?
“Sometimes I think illness sits inside every woman, waiting for the right moment to bloom.” How far do you agree with this?
What did you think about Sharp Objects?