Title: Sharp Objects
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publish Date: September 26, 2006 by Shaye Areheart Books
# of Pages: 254
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(From Goodreads) 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.
Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 4
Pace – 3
Plot Development – 3
Ending – 3
Characters – 4
Enjoyability – 3
Ease of Reading – 3
Voice Acting – 4
Overall Rating – ⭐⭐⭐
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn is a psychological dance of murder, mental illness, and dysfunctional families . Fresh out of her stay in a psychiatric hospital, Camille Preaker is sent to her hometown to report on the murder of two young girls. Plagued by her own demons, the case unsettles her. In order to discover the murderer, she has to dig into her own past, but can she keep her own head above water as she starts to dig?
This is my third Gillian Flynn audiobook, and I’m sad to say it was my least favorite. While the book is written with the caliber one would expect with a Flynn novel, I didn’t find the story engaging. The plot meandered at times, which made for an inconsistent pace throughout the book, and I found myself struggling to stay interested in the story.
While the concept is really cool, the story didn’t pull me in. I want to be sucked in when I’m reading a thriller, and this book made me feel like I was an idle spectator at a pee-wee soccer game. The highlights of the book were definitely Camille’s interactions with her younger half-sister and mother. I enjoyed learning about her past, in all of its sordid details, as Camille started unraveling clues to her own history. Camille has a twisted childhood that includes a sick and dying sister, an emotionally unavailable mother, and a drive to cut the pain out of her flesh.
The ending of the book was okay, but it wasn’t surprising. I think the hand was tipped pretty early in the book, so you had a pretty good idea of “whodunit.”
The characters were lackluster. I couldn’t bring myself to care about Camille—her character wasn’t complex or intriguing—she was just kind of there. If she had died, it wouldn’t have bothered me, because I felt no attachment to her. Camille’s half-sister and mother were the most interesting characters in the story, but even they could have used some more depth.
The narrator in Sharp Objects was good. She had a pleasant voice that was easy to listen to.
If you’ve never read a Gillian Flynn novel before, maybe check out one of her other books first. She’s a brilliant writer, but this one was disappointing.
What’s your favorite novel by Gillian Flynn?
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