Tuesday, April 23

bibliophile [sharp objects]

Staying on the Gillian Flynn train...wait til you see what I'm reviewing next week.

Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn

This one was creepyyyyyy but good. It's an excellent read, but it's not Gone Girl, so it's hard to give it a fair review seeing as they're from the same author. Either way, it's a unique story from a phenomenal author.

Here's your wonderful blurb:

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.

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.

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.

With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.

I think this is an excellent psychological thriller, but it's tough when you compare it to her other novels. There is a great twist, as there must be in any mystery story, and the characters are terrible (literally) but complex and interesting nonetheless. Similarly to my advice regarding Jodi Picoult novels, don't read her works too close to each other, as the layout is repetitive.

Let me know if you've read any of her books! Anyone have similar recommendations  I very rarely read mysteries or thrillers, so I'm kind of at a loss.

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