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Monday, February 24, 2014

Sharp Objects

I promised I would blog about this book and how could I leave it aside? I mean … wow! This book is the first read that excites me so much after my beloved Harry Hole, by Jo Nesbo. This book is written by Gillian Flynn and, if I’m not mistaken, this was her debut novel. It’s a psychological thriller with a very interesting character and a more interesting plot. If you don’t have already added it to your TBR list. I say you do it soon!

So, join me to a spoiler free (as always) discussion about Sharp Objects. Awesome title, huh?

The story follows Camille Preaker, a young reporter, working for a small newspaper in Chicago, who is forced to go back to her hometown in Missouri to cover the death of a preteen girl. But Camille has many unresolved issues back home and some habits that are hard to leave behind once she is back there.   

Her neurotic, hypochondriac mother is too much to handle, her half-sister is pretty much a stranger and Camille is fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital. Will she be able to handle her life and uncover the truth about the murder? And what happens when another girl dies?

Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

Only from a brief synopsis, I’m sure you realize how complicated is this book. But complicated in a good way. We have a troubled main character and more than one problematic second characters. For me, this is heaven. I love to read about these bizarre lives, tangled to a brilliant story that I have to figure out along with the MC. That’s what I call a successful thriller, or crime novel.

I was hooked right away. Flynn starts the story peacefully, but leaves small signs that trigger the curiosity and make our mind spin. When Camille arrives in Wind Gap my interest is greater since this town is officially weird. Thirteen year old girls walk the streets dressed like sluts, and do a bunch of things that are not consistent with their age. This setting makes the story even more interesting even more addicted. It’s fascinating to read how such young girls can act the way they do.

And of course, there is a killer on the loose. Can you figure out who?

I’m going to end this post with a quote from the book. Just enough to give you a taste.

“Sometimes if you let people do things to you, you’re really doing it to them. Know what I mean? If someone wants to do fucked-up things to you, and you let them, you’re making them more fucked-up. Then you have the control. As long as you don’t go crazy.”

Does this sound interesting? 


  1. That quote is so dang twisted, Athina! Wow. That is awesome that you found a book that hit the Jo Nesbo crime thriller with messed up characters fix. hehe

    I believe Aussie Bookworm mentioned this book too in the tearjerker FF the same as you. Great review. I hope you're having a great start to the week!

    1. Thank you, Robyn. It is indeed a very twisted book, but I enjoyed it so much! I hope you're having a great week too.

  2. DUDE, I LOVED THIS BOOKS TOO! It was just so extremely twisted and horrible but amazing all at the same time. I've always wanted to read her other books but I still haven't gotten around to it. :'(

    1. Yes! Absolutely amazing book! I plan to read the others too, but I just want to keep Sharps Objects in my mind for a little while. It was so inspiring. :)