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Book Review: Sharp Objects

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As I do a lot of reading, I’ve decided that I should do more book reviews on the blog. I enjoy writing reviews and I like to do my reviews a little differently than the norm; not too much on the plot, no spoilers and short & sweet. I’ve decided I’m not that good at reviews, I need some practice. So here’s my latest read…

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Published: 2006

Pages: 321

It’s been a while…but Camille Preaker has finally gone home. 

Sent to investigate the disappearance of two little girls Camille finds herself reluctantly installed in the family mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and a precocious thirteen-year-old half-sister she barely knows. Haunted by a family tragedy, troubled by the disquieting grip her young sister has on the town, Camille struggles with a familiar need to be accepted.

But as clues turn into dead ends Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims and realises: she will have to unravel the puzzle of her own past if she’s to survive this homecoming. 


Disturbing, sickening and horribly sad. These things come to mind now as I have finished Sharp Objects by the author of ‘Gone Girl’, Gillian Flynn.

To say the subject matter is heavy is an understatement, but I couldn’t put it down. And now feel dirty for not doing so. This book will do that to you.

This is the first Gillian Flynn book I have read, (no I haven’t read Gone Girl) and I must say she is one very talented writer. Her narrative as Camille Preaker was harrowing and sucked me in. And as the story unfolds Flynn makes you ‘feel’ Camille.

As for the story, I’m not going to go into what it’s about, there are plenty of reviews for that, but I will say it moves along quickly. It grabs you by the throat and tightens its grip only letting you gasp for air momentarily right until the last few pages where it finally releases with the final disturbing twist.

This book isn’t for the feint-hearted. It is twisted, shocking and speaks truths that many don’t want to hear. It unravels the secrets hidden into the fabric of family that we all have, some worse than others.

But if you can handle the subject matter, you will appreciate the authors devotion and ability to tell such a toxic story.


Have you read this one? Or Gone Girl?