This was the second book by Gillian Flynn I’d read. The first book was Gone Girl which I read a little over a year ago. If you haven’t read it, it’s a “must read” to me. I think I finished it in a couple of days because I was so enthralled from the get-go. Once the second half of the book started (if you’ve read it, you know which part I’m referring to), I was so shocked and immediately thought the author had to be some sort of psychopath (and/or writing genius) to come up with such an intricate, mind-blowing plot.
Sharp Objects takes place in a small town in Missouri and is told by reporter Camille Preaker. Camille is based in Chicago, but is assigned to cover a pair of child murders in her small Missouri hometown of Wind Gap. As Camille arrives home, we are introduced to her deeply flawed family members and gain a glimpse into her troubled childhood and self-destructing past.
I was a fan of Sharp Objects, but it wasn’t the page-turner that completely enveloped me like Gone Girl. The characters were well-developed, but flawed in some of the most extreme ways possible. Maybe this makes them relatable to some, but to me they were so disturbed I couldn’t really identify with them. Obviously I know the world isn’t a perfect place and we all have flaws, but seriously EVERY single person in this book has huge psychological issues. Like, HUGE. Because of these things I didn’t like and couldn’t identify to any of the characters which is one of the things that made it difficult for me to keep reading.
I also tend to lean toward squeamish, and this book centers around the murder investigation of two young girls. Because of this, parts of this book were uncomfortable for me to read because of the detail in their description. I know this all may sound totally vague, but it’s hard to chat details without spoiling the book for those who haven’t read it!
I think if I would have read Sharp Objects prior to Gone Girl I would have liked it more. Gone Girl completely blew my mind, so I expected a lot out of this book. I guess, at the same time, though, it’s possible if I read this book first and then Gone Girl, I would have never wanted to read the latter. Who knows???? As you can tell, I’m a little up in the air about this book.
Did you read it? What did you think? Please share!
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