Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn
Barnes & Noble
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.
I saw this book at the library and snatched it up immediately. I had just finished reading Gone Girl, and I was excited to add another of Flynn's works to my list.
This is a dark, disturbing story and is certainly not for everyone. I really liked it: life isn't always full of rainbows and unicorns. Flynn is a talented writer and is able to set the scene with characters that are real. And really screwed up. I'm looking forward to reading Dark Places, though I think I need something light and fluffy beforehand.