Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
After reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, I was eager to read another one of her books. I decided to start with Sharp Objects.
Here is Amazon’s snippet:
“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.”
Again, I was not impressed with the snippet, but dove in eager to see what Flynn had in store.
Sharp Objects is no Gone Girl. It was predictable, although well written. I knew who the killer was well before she started hinting at possible suspects. Again, Flynn writes so well that the reader is immersed in the scene with vivid imagery. There are a couple of parts in the book that drag and I admit that I skimmed to get to the more juicy bits. Just when you thought you understood the background of a character or the thought processes, you find out more revelations that were intriguing. Unfortunately, in some instances, the intrigue is short lived. As a reader, you want to find out what will happen next for many of the characters. Not so much for others. Some characters were stereotyped or I guess a better way to state it is that some of the lines read like something from a gossip magazine or tired out sitcom. I hope that makes sense.
All in all, it was a decent read. I do not regret spending the time to read it. I enjoyed the complicated characters in the book.
This book did not rank on the bestseller list as far as I could find.
This book of Flynn’s is also available at most bookstores. The ISBN is 978-0307341556. It has 254 pages.