After reading Gone Girl I knew I had to read Gillian Flynn’s first two books. I decided to start with her first book (because I’m a nerd that way) but I am going to need to take some time before reading her next book. Sharp Objects is very disturbing, and I am not easily disturbed, but it is disturbing in an interesting way.
Camille Preaker is a small time journalist at a small time newspaper in Chicago. She is sent to her home town, Wind Gap, to write about the unsolved murder of two local girls. Her editor thinks she will get the drop on the other newspapers because of her local knowledge. However Camille has spent all of her adult life running from Wind Gap and her overbearing mother and going home opens scars Camille thought she could hide.
What most disturbed me about this book was the violence. Not overt violence but psychological, sexual and self-inflicted violence. This swirl of violence has been festering in this small Missouri town and is literally passed down by each generation, Camille’s included. But now this violence has manifest itself in the murder of two girls and this small town can no longer keep its secrets to itself. As Camille sifts through the circumstances of both murders she is also forced to confront her past and her own role in the cycle and whether or not she can stop it before it is too late.
Gillian Flynn is a confronting, shocking and compelling writer. She has something important to say with her crime novels and she makes damn sure you don’t miss it.
Classification: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Format: Paperback (198mm x 129mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publish Date: 17-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom