Sharp Objects was the debut novel of award-winning Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, yet that fact was not immediately apparent reading the book. Flynn shows off her writing prowess with this first novel, and I found it to be just as intriguing as her later novels. Flynn demonstrates her mastery of creating complex characters that can both appeal to and disturb the reader with the main character Camille Preaker, a reporter for a small newspaper in Chicago, and is sent back to her small hometown to cover the murder of two young girls.
The novel centers primarily on Camille’s struggle to be back at “home” with the neurotic mother she has tried to distance herself from, the stepfather she has no relationship with, and the half-sister she barely knows. Meanwhile, the search for the killer of two young girls continues, and Camille’s attempts at getting information from the police are continuously blocked.
Flynn beautifully sets up the mystery of who the killer is. I suspected I knew who it was throughout the novel, and near the end thought I was proven right, only to fall for the twist. This book kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.
I actually listened to the audiobook version of Sharp Objects, and would highly recommend it. The narrator of the novel fit it perfectly, and brought this book to life. Get the audiobook free with a 30 day free trial of Audible!
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