Sharp Objects: A Review

At the orders of her boss, Curry, Camille Preaker is ordered to go back to her home town of Wind Gap, Missouri in order to cover a case of two murdered girls. Curry feels that this is a case that can cause their tiny paper to hit it “big” and transcend the confines of being a somewhat independent newspaper. Camille, reluctantly, agrees to the assignment and drops in on her mother and step-father, along with a very young sister, Amma, and asks her mother if she can stay at their home while she covers the story. Her mother agrees, with what appears to be a great deal of hesitance.

There’s something off in the dynamic, especially with Camille’s mother, Adora, a strange air that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. That’s when it’s revealed that Camille had another sister besides Amma, Marian, and that she had died a long, long time ago. A child that Adora always seemed to prefer to Camille.
Camille begins to attempt to interview those closest to the victims including a boy who witnessed one of the girls being taken by what he says was a woman. The police don’t take his story seriously and give next to no information for Camille to use in her story, until she meets a local detective, Richard, who gives her teeny, tiny bits at his convenience.
As the tension begins to mount, secrets of Camille’s life are uncovered and everything she thought she knew, is about to be turned inside out.
It’s no secret that I loved Gillian Flynn’s latest book, Gone Girl, and although I consider Sharp Objects a weaker novel than the one that made Flynn’s name, it is easy to see where Gone Girl’s roots came from, though that’s not to say that Sharp Objects is a weak novel by any means, this is a slim volume, but a wild one that had my jaw on the floor a number of times, a trademark for a Gillian Flynn novel.
If psychological thrillers are your thing, and you enjoyed Gone Girl, I highly suggest giving Sharp Objects a read, it’s certainly worth your time.
4/5
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