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.
Ok – this book…. I’m not sure where to begin. It was a chore to get through. I had heard good things about the author, Gillian Flynn and Dark Places, Gone Girl etc… and I got this book in a 2-fer with Dark Places (which I’ve yet to read.) This was the first book in the combo, and it was slow starting. Camille is a reporter sent back to her home town to cover the murders of two preteen girls. What she has to deal with there is odd… sad… and a little more than self deprecating. She’s a cutter – and has spent time in a mental facility for it. She beautifies this disease… a long with A LOT of whiskey. The southern drawl through out the book was annoying, and hard to follow at times. I understand the need for it, but it was hard to get through. Her younger sister is seen as a ageless child, whose over-bearing mother won’t allow to grow up. Yet, when no one’s looking (at least her parents.) She turns into the worst version of Lolita there is. Sending Camille into a tailspin wanting to save her from ending up like her….. fearing that her mother is damaging her …. like she did Camille.
It sounded really interesting from the preface, but there was too much southern drawl, whiskey drinking, incoherent babbling from Camille – and the overwhelming desire to cut herself and mark her body… was to a point annoying. It’s obvious the girl has issues, but they don’t need to come up every single chapter – every single time she speaks to her mother etc…. it was just too much. And the book as 4 over all stars on Amazon… which boggles my mind.
I had the book figured out in 20 minutes… so the ending wasn’t a shock – or surprise. But that’s just my opinion. 🙂
- Gillian Flynn: Sharp Objects (2006) (beautyisasleepingcat.wordpress.com)
- Gillian Flynn, “Sharp Objects” (thebooksheread.com)
- Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects (howtouseyourmastersdegree.wordpress.com)