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.
5 out of 5 stars
“Sometimes if you let people do things to you, you’re really doing it to them.”
**Trigger warning for self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and drug abuse.
Wow. I am absolutely speechless. Sharp Objects is such a well written and twisted novel. Sharp Objects follows Camille after she finishes her stay in a psychiatric facility. She returns to her job as a reporter and is given a murder/abduction case to cover from her hometown. Camille has many reservations about returning home, but does so anyway.
Camille is a brilliantly crafted character. She’s dark, twisted, and broken from the events of her past. Her perspective is a pleasure to read from, but can be difficult to push through at many times. Her decisions are not always not always the best, however the way Flynn introduces the reader to the character and the character’s inner struggles allows the reader to feel sympathy for Camille despite some of her very questionable actions.
The story and mystery surrounding the murder and abduction of the little girls is absolutely brilliant. The reader is given hints throughout the novel, but it isn’t until the last few pages where everything beings the make sense. As with any mystery, the twist/resolution is what dictates whether the mystery/story was worth the read and Sharp Objects delivers flawlessly. You will not be disappointed.
Overall, Sharp Objects is a brilliantly crafted novel. It delivers a deliciously twisted mystery and a flawed yet sympathetic main character. One of my favourite books of 2016 so far. I won’t be surprised if this is my favourite book of 2016.