Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Image credit:Goodreads.com
Sharp Objects is the first of Gillian Flynn's portfolio of fiction novels that have become rather popular since her third book, Gone Girl, was adapted to a film. Her second novel, Dark Places is also currently in production to become a film.
Sharp Objects is in the same genre so if you're already familiar with her style of writing you'll know what to expect. If not, it's dark humour, with characters who, despite how much you know they really aren't likeable people, become anti-heroes.
The story follows a very likable while heavily flawed character, Camille Preaker, a junior newspaper journalist living in Chicago who is sent by her boss back to her home town to cover a breaking story of a double murder of two young girls.
Camille returns to her home town to stay with her family, including a hypochondriac mother, a sullen and creepy step father and a teenage sister whom she barely knows.
During her stay she assists police in unravelling the murder as well as uncovering a few family secrets and is essentially forced to confront many of her childhood demons.
The more she uncovers, the more she begins to identify with the victims and in true Flynn fashion, this is a very crafty tale with plenty of twists and turns along the way.
Flynn's books are a quick and clever read and always keep me engaged and keen to go back to the story to read more. Sharp Objects didn't disappoint.