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Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects
Gillian Flynn
2006, Broadway Paperbacks
Source: Library
Audience: Adults

From Goodreads:
Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, 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 in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

Once I saw in the acknowledgements that this was Flynn’s first book, my reading experience made so much more sense!

The mystery was ok. There was a twist, like in Gone Girl, it just wasn’t a surprising one. I felt like the whole entire book set up one person to be the culprit, so I was expecting that character’s arrest. Overall, I was underwhelmed with the mystery itself.

I wasn’t a fan of the writing style in Sharp Objects. My biggest pet peeve was the Flynn repeated adjectives often, sometimes in the next paragraph. In general, the writing didn’t engage me. As I read, my mind drifted off and I skimmed, only to find out later that I had missed something important. As a result, it took me way to long to read this short book. Honestly, I think that Flynn could re-write this book better now based on what I read in Gone Girl. However, I thought the premise was a fantastic idea, and I can’t wait to watch the HBO show. I’ll read anything that she writes in the future, but I’m not a fan of her past work.