Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (Book Review)

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Sharp ObjectsFormat: Paperback

Source: Borrowed from library

Publisher: Hodder

Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Romance,  Contemporary

Publication Date: 30th May 2017

Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):

“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.”

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My Thoughts & Review

This is my second Gillian Flynn book. The first one I read was Gone Girl, that I read a few years ago. I really enjoyed that one and I had high hopes for this one and it didn’t disappoint. I read this as part of the June buddy/TBR Twin on Goodreads.

This was a very disturbing read, but saying that I really enjoyed the story. It was unexpected, creepy and shocking all at the same time.

I found the book to be well written, but for some reason I found the writing style to be very masculine and at the beginning I kept thinking and referring to the main character as ‘he’.

I really enjoyed reading the descriptions of the small town and the cultural area, but there were a few things that felt a little too inaccurate. For example, Flynn describes the town Wind Gape to have a population of about 2,000 people but they town has 11 bars. I’ve never lived in a small town or visited one in the states so I wasn’t sure if this was accurate. But according to my buddy this is not possible.

I really liked the main character. She was really interesting and her characterisation developed so well as the whole book progressed. The other characters were also good but they were all very disturbing.But they made the book worth reading.

I did work out some of the ending but for once it didn’t bother me.

Overall a very enjoyable read.  If you’re looking for a twisty, disturbing page turner this one is definitely for you. I can’t wait to read more from this author. Highly recommend.

Trigger warnings:  violence and self-harm

My Rating


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