Gillian Flynn is quickly becoming one of my top five authors. She has a way of immediately sucking you in, waiting until you are engrossed and thinking you know where the story is heading, and then flipping it all on your head.
I devoured Sharp Objects in a few hours, staying up until 2 a.m. to finish it. I couldn’t stop. I NEEDED to know what happened next. And when that inevitable flip happened, I was just as dumbfounded as I always am.
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
Can I just say, Flynn’s portrayal of Camille’s 13-year-old sister had me on the edge of my seat the whole book. I mean she is your typical rebellious teenager but you just know there is more to it. You just don’t know why. Again Flynn keeps you guessing. At first you think it’s her, then you don’t, than you do. OMG the rollercoaster ride.
Then you wonder about Camille. If maybe she is going off the deep end. I mean she did just come out of the psych ward. Is this all delusional? Some of the stuff she does with her sister … if my fiance wasn’t sleeping beside me, I swear I would have screamed out loud “DON’T DO IT”
That is the thing about Flynn. She makes her characters unreliable so you really don’t know who is at the root of the issue until the end and as always it’s a shocker. Like how did I not see it?!
I don’t want to keep going for the fear of spoiling it for those who have not read it. All I will say is that if you decide to read this, you won’t be disappointed.