A review by leahsbooks
Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn

dark mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


I read this book after watching the miniseries, and both were really good. Gillian Flynn's writing is deliciously dark and twisted, full of plot twists you don't see coming. There are a LOT of content warnings to be aware of - this is a book that isn't for the faint of heart, but if you can manage them, it's well worth the read.

Camille is a woman with plenty of inner demons who heads back to her hometown to cover a murder and a kidnapping, in what seems to be a pattern of crimes. When she gets there, she finds a lot more than she bargained for. Attempting to insert herself into an investigation, with law enforcement who is trying to block her efforts at every turn, as well as dealing with old family dynamics, small town drama, something infinitely more sinister, along with facing the wounds of her past (of which there are many), makes this an incredibly engrossing read. It's not a long book, but there's a lot to unpack, even as it held my attention from the very start. Camille is an intriguing narrator, a woman with secrets and so much hurt that she holds inside, as well as her secrets, her family secrets, and the small town vibe that hangs heavily over the entire story. Gillian Flynn wields dramatic tension like a true master, slowly increasing it throughout the book until the climax. 

This isn't a book to miss.

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