Book: Sharp Objects
Authors: Gillian Flynn
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Crime;
Pages: 394 pages
Goodreads rating: 3.92
My rating: 4 stars
Online Store: Bookdepository
Book Review (Spoiler Free):
I noticed that I say I love Gillian Flynn and consider her one of my favorite authors but I tend to stay away from her books. The reason is: They leave me depressed and they stick to me for months after reading them. I like the feelings they provide me with but at the same time those feelings can be toxic.
I picked Sharp Objects this month, it had been on my bookshelf unread for far too long, and I was finally in the mood to read it.
It’s the story of Camille Preacher, a reporter that has just come out of the psych hospital and returns to her hometown to cover the murder of two preteen girls.
She is definitely not happy to relive the dark memories she has of the place and to be reunited with her mother and the half-sister she barely knows.
Gillian Flynn’s writing is, in my experience, always melancholic. Reading it is almost being told a story by someone that has a very twisted and dark perspective of the world. It’s rough and raw.
Throughout the story we are shown the most disgusting descriptions and actions of thirteen year old girls. The book seems to shout “there is no innocence in childhood anymore”.
It’s not a book for sensitive or easily impressed people and It didn’t expecially opened my eyes in any particular subject. So why do I ready Gillian Flynn’s books? It’s a dramatic, mysterious and interesting ride of a story. The characters are so distinct from others books I read and in Sharp Objects I really had no idea who the killer might be. There were a lot of suspects, a lot of mean and hateful people, but not one in particular really stood out as the killer. At least not until the last few pages.
If you’re someone that needs to like the characters to like a book then skip this one. There are no good people or heroes. Everyone has been changed by society and by the world around them and left as rotten, ill and twisted characters. And this was part of the problem for me. Camille was hard to like and irritating to read about in a lot of moments. I rolled my eyes everytime I read about her romantic partners and the way she dealt with her sexual life. She had this huge necessity to please men and people in general. She would never stand up to herself, not even in the end, and that was probably what annoyed me most.
What I enjoy most about Gillian Flynn’s books is the lack of fear to talk about taboos, the clear notion that the world is not made only of bad or good people and that everyone has a mix of both.
Overall, it was a suspenseful, interesting and shocking book. If you’re not afraid of that, you might want to pick this up.