It feels like I was one of the last people to read Sharp Objects or any book by Gillian Flynn for that matter. Wow is her book intense. I listened to the audiobook and it is definitely not for public consumption. If you are offended by language or sexual content you will want to avoid this book.
It is a psychological thriller that has a cast of very blunt characters. Camille is sent home to Missouri to cover a missing person's case involving a 10 year old girl. The second tragic crime to happen in this very southern Missouri small town in less than a year. Camille's return home it quite startling and it opens many old memories and insecurities. Flynn definitely captures the cruelty of teenage girls especially in a small town that is divided by the wealthy and the working class. She creates characters that are complex and unlikeable.
Witnessing Camille struggle to fit into her family which consists of a very passive aggressive mother- Adora, a timid step father, Allan, and a half sister, Amma, she doesn't know is intense and heartbreaking at times. Her personal struggles to deal with the loss of her younger sister, Marian when she was a 13 yr old and the resulting spiral of grief is intense.
The mystery of the crimes is intense and is wrapped into glimpses of Camille's past, Amma's current duality of life and Adora's terrifying mothering. The mystery has plenty of twists and turns and pokes fun at the small town stereotypes that come up in the characters. An attempt to relieve the intensity of the psychological topic I would imagine.
I am not sure whether I want to watch the show based on this book or not. It could be very engaging but also disturbing. I may need to watch though since I have managed to survive watching Riverdale and it has some similarities in topics. Maybe on a hot summer day when hiding in AC I will try it out.
I think I am interested in reading Gone Girl at some point but I do need to retreat to cozy mysteries and the lighter presentation for a bit before doing so.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is an intense psychological thriller. If you are easily offended by sexual lingo/scenes or foul language then do not read this book. It is definitely not for the faint of heart as it deals with the murder of children but it is an amazing ride that takes the reader through dealing with abuse, self injury and the consequences of it all. The ending is a twisty one although I had my suspicions about the guilty party at times while reading. It was still a shocking ending.
View all my reviews
The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:
- Library Love #LibraryLoveChallenge Book #65
- Literary Escapes #LiteraryEscapes MO
- Beat the Backlist #46 good book, bad cover
- 2021TBR #2021ReadingChallenge # 2 controversial book
- Virtual Mount TBR #VirtualMountTBR2021 Book #72
- Back List Reader #Backlistreader Book #85
- Cloak & Dagger #CloakDaggerChal Book #69
- Bookworm #10.) Read a book that's been turned into a TV series or a Movie
- Pick your Poison #11-3 A book about something that scares you
- Medical Examiner Challenge 4 Toe Tags
- Audiobook #2021AudiobookChallenge Book #7