Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

First sentence:

"My sweater was new, stinging red and ugly."


"WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, 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 again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming."

My thoughts:

This was a beautifully written book - both disturbing and poignant. The character Camille certainly made me think as she discovers the truth about herself and her family.

Date read: 11/22/2007
Book #: 103
Rating: 4* = great
Genre: Thriller

ISBN-10: 0307341542
ISBN-13: 9780307341549
Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books
Year: 2006
# of Pages: 252
Binding: Hardcover
LibraryThing Page

1 comment:

Literary Feline said...

Thank you for the great review! I really want to read this one (like so many other books! Haha). I've heard great things about Sharp Objects and recently added it to my TBR collection.