Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (Review)


“The face you give the world tells the world how to treat you.”

Camille Preaker has been sent back to her home town in Missouri to investigate and report on the abductions and murder of two girls. Camille does not want to go back for fear she is going to be dragged back into her toxic family who are haunted by past memories. While Camille is investigating the deaths she is relating to the victims and she realises she will have to confront her past to uncover the truth.

I read Gone Girl this year, and I recently watched the movie which put me in the mood for more Gillian Flynn. While I didn’t find Sharp Objects as suspenseful as Gone Girl, it was still a pretty damn good, thrilling read.
Gillian Flynn has this was of writing such complex and strong female characters. What is more fantastic is that they are not always the heroes of the story. They are the broken but powerful, both the victims and the villain. I find this fantastic. Rarely in books do you see these totally complex, thrilling, dark and gritty female characters.

Sharp Objects is not for the faint-hearted, or those who will find self harm and abuse triggering. It is a sick and twisted book, and every single one of the character are so fucked up and each have a horror story of a past. Sharp Objects, like Gone Girl, is a psychological thriller which will leave you unnerved at the end but totally in awe of what you just read. The stories Gillian Flynn creates are filled with suspense and twists and turns that you just don’t see coming.

The characters and the relationships fascinate me. Amma is a character that shocked me, and completely held my interest. I had a feeling she wasn’t all she seemed, the same can be said for her Mother. Camille was a favourite. She was insecure, yet she had this bravery aswell, but she was vulnerable and scared but determined. She really was a character which I really found interesting.

Overall, Sharp Objects is a book I would recommend to adults, who wants a good psychological thriller with a mystery that leaves you shocked and breathless. Gillian Flynn is an author that I will be continuing reading more of.

MY RATING: ★★★★☆ (4.5)

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