Ever since I devoured Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places, I wanted to read more of her work. I read Gone Girl about a year ago and now I’ve finally read Sharp Objects! Again, it is embarrassing that I bought this book many months ago and have now just picked it up to read it. I’m sure I’m not the only one that buys a bunch of books, excited about finally having them within easy reach, yet it takes awhile until you finally get through the pile because you get distracted by other books or because you buy more books or because you find yourself in the mood for certain genres or go through reading slumps. Bookworm problems, right?
Well, I finally went through a small thriller/ mystery/ suspense phase and immediately put Sharp Objects on my READ ASAP list.
I really enjoyed reading Sharp Objects, but it still landed a little in the middle for me. I don’t if it’s because I keep comparing this one to Dark Places, which is my favorite out of Flynn’s books. I know, it’s unfair to do that, but sometimes you just can’t help it.
I can definitely say that Flynn’s writing is on point with this novel, which wasn’t a surprise to me at all. Her writing sometimes has a dark undertone to it, but doesn’t quite reach that really gritty level, which is fine because Flynn’s writing slowly draws you in with dark, poetic like descriptions, realistic characters, and a plot that keeps you hooked from the beginning.
The main character Camille is … interesting. She seems like any other woman in her thirties. She’s reporter and is sent down to her small hometown to investigate the killings of two little girls. Upon arriving, we immediately start getting a weird sense about the town, Camille’s mother, and Camille’s sister. There’s a definite feel of what you see is definitely not what you get. While Camille tries to investigate to get enough for a story so that she can leave, we start to learn more about the relationship she has with her mother and the one starting to develop with her thirteen year old half-sister. That’s when things start to get even more creepy and tipping into horrifying. However, I think the slow burn and unveiling of events and character traits made everything less of a shock.
Part of me liked the slow burn, but I think it hindered the shock value of who the killer is and all the other small tidbits of information that is revealed towards the end about certain characters.
Overall, I didn’t hate, but I didn’t love it.
What did you think of this Gillian Flynn novel?