Published: September 26, 2006
Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, 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 in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.
I usually wait a week or two to write my review of a book because I just get so far behind as a whole, but after finishing Sharp Objects I had to get my thoughts down on paper, or screen, whatever.
When you first meet Camille you know nothing of her troubled childhood or dysfunctional family but you realize she has problems of her own. She’s a cutter and is now in remission, if there is such a thing, but her entire body, except for a circle on her back, is covered with words. Camille cut words, She also drinks to excess and as we find out later doesn’t mind taking a few drugs.
Her mother appears to be a goody-goody prim and proper Southern lady, but that is only on the outside. She is totally screwed up because of her mother and carries it to extremes. I will not give away what exactly-you will have to read the book. Suffice it to say, that she is a nut.
Camille’s step-father is a mealy mouth Southern gentleman who seems oblivious to what’s going on around him.
Camille’s step-sister is an advertisement for the BAD SEED. Most of you, if not all, are probably too young to have heard of that movie but it’s about a little girl who is mean and bullying to the point of murder, while making adults think she is a sweet innocent girl.
This cast of characters plus others make up the story and the outcome is sort of surprise, but I did have an idea of who the guilty party was before it was told to the reader but the ending WAS a surprise and I felt a sadness. I had hoped for better for Camille and that’s all I’m going to say.
I rated this book 5 stars *****
Gillian Flynn also wrote Gone Girl which ia about to be released as a motion picture. It wouldn’t surprise me if down the line Sharp Objects is made into one too.