Paperback, 254 pages
Published 2006 by Broadway Paperbacks
Original Title: Sharp Objects
Edition Language: English
Characters: Camille Preaker, Frank Curry, Amma Crellin, Adora Crellin, Chief Bill Vickery, , Alan Crellin, , Marian Crellin, , Richard Willis ,, Ann Nash, , Natalie Keene.
Setting: Missouri (United States)
Literary Awards: Barry Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2007), The CWA (Crime Writers’ Association) New Blood Dagger (2007), Edgar Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2007), CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger (2007)
It’s freaky and twisted. It’s terrifying and compelling. You’ll sit down, grab the book and read it until you’ve reached the last page. No kidding here. I read this in one sitting, no pause for water, no pause whatsoever. It’ll creep you out and fascinate you and you’ll connect with the story on many levels. I did. I connected with the character and I’m still having nightmares about it.
By all accounts, this is a Gillian Flynn novel. Having read all of her books now, I can safely say that she has a very dark mind. I cannot for the life of me understand how someone can put so much fucked-up in less than 300 pages. She will take the safest of things. The one thing everyone considers safe and regular, and she’ll twist and turn it until there’s a monster made out of it. I don’t know if it’s a curse or a talent.
Dark Places & Gone Girl were amazing, incredible. They both left me wanting for more. But this one really did the job from me. I was fascinated from the first page till the very last hence the five stars.
I think what mainly got to me was the fact that this book had a main character who was full of weaknesses and sensitivities. Camille has about one hundred insecurities and has only ever known hurt and betrayal and not for once in her life has she felt loved. And I mean, never. Not when she was a baby, not while she was growing up and certainly not now. In comparison with Mrs. Flynn’s two other books, whose characters are more tough and more independent and sure of themselves and are just bad bad people, this one pictures a character who every reader can connect with and feel for and maybe identify themselves with.
Camille Preaker is a reporter, coming back from a psych ward she throws herself at her job. That’s it until her boss sends her to her hometown where there seems to be a serial killer on the loose and has yet to be covered by the media. Her hometown is really secluded, not in the way of no nearby cities and that shit but in the way of secrets having the tendency to never get out of the town. People there turn their heads around when something bad is happening, denying having ever seen it. Is a girl having sex with 4 boys at plain sight and a neighbor sees it? No, it didn’t happen. People have a short-term memory, like goldfish.
Having lost her younger sister at the age of 13 and having never known motherly or fatherly love, Camille was a teenage girl who’d let anyone take advantage of her. She’d harm herself in more than one way. She’d do it over and over again. No stopping.
What’s terrifying is seeing the world through Camille’s eyes. She chooses to see the best in people even when they haven’t given her a reason to do so. That’s what really got her to where she is, in the first place.
Dark is a word to characterize this book, twisted is another. The killings go way deeper that what you’ll first imagine and think another “solve the mystery” novel. After every book of Mrs. Flynn I read I feel insecure and have a feeling of dirt, not the physical kind but the mental one. No shower will ever rid me of it.