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.
I absolutely loved "Gone Girl" so I couldn't wait to read more from the very talented Gillian Flynn! "Sharp Objects" was a superb but quite disturbing book. Ms. Flynn has a knack of developing characters who get under the reader's skin, which I find riveting, yet borderline creepy at the same time. I read somewhere that characters should be the vehicle in which the story is told, and that is certainly true of this book. Slowly but surely, the layers of each character are stripped away, to reveal the nitty gritty of the plot underneath.
I didn't particularly like the protagonist, Camille Preaker, nonetheless I found her compelling. The more we discover about her past, the easier it is to understand her personality. Let's just say that she has the mother from hell, and that's an understatement!
This book is a dark psychological thriller, and not for the faint-hearted. I enjoyed it, and plan on reading "Dark Places" as soon as I've digested "Sharp Objects".