Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Camille Preaker would have been just fine if she had never stepped foot in her hometown again. Yet working as a reporter comes with its nasty bits.
When two young girls are murdered where Camille grew up, her boss finds this to be a good opportunity to go back and investigate the story, after all these people know her and will open up to her. Camille, knows better.
Back in her neurotic mothers home with her step dad and half-sister, Camille has unpleasant memories rush back. As she investigates the story behind the two little girls, Camille is finding things to be too close to her own demons she carries… and what she is about to find out, may very well be the thing that unravels life as she knows it.
I listened to this audio for several reasons. 1. A friend of mine recommended this book a few years back before Gone Girl ever existed. 2. This is the author of Gone Girl which blew me away. 3. Sharp Objects is going to be a movie and I had to take the time to know the story.
Results? Sharp Objects, if you can believe it – is a darker story than Gone Girl. There are not very many likable qualities in Camille and her actions along the way felt jumbled for me and took away from the story line. I personally feel that this protagonist could have been written in a completely different way and come out better. But, that is just my opinion.
The creepy dark nature of many of the cast in this book left me with a bit of an uneasy feeling. I didn’t love that feeling. I wanted to know what was going to happen but over all I think if I would have been reading this book instead of listening to it I probably would have given up on it, or at least skimmed through some very strange parts. (I will not even get started on Camille’s 13-year-old half-sister whose actions I felt were far-fetched and unbelievable.)
Sharp Objects has its mind-blowing moments. Especially towards the end of the book I am tossed upside down and Gillian Flynn pulls an amazing flip of what I thought to be true and left me going…. “Holy Smokes”. The woman can write amazing stories… this one just wasn’t for me. Jury is still out if I will see the movie, I think some of the main subject lines will make this one a pass.