SHARP OBJECTS

19 Mar
Three Rivers Press, soft cover edition 2006 252 pages  Original publication hardcover edition published by Shaye Areheart Books - 2006 Both publishers are an imprint of Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House Psychological Thriller

Three Rivers Press, soft cover edition 2006
252 pages
Original publication hardcover edition published by Shaye Areheart Books – 2006
Both publishers are an imprint of Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House
Psychological Thriller

I did not expect THIS.
Something else. Yes.
But this?

Flynn’s perspective on narrative is ‘home-spun’. She takes us into a dark and unnerving part of dysfunctional and says, ‘There. Is that how you remember it? Of course it is.’ Flynn makes it easy for us to relate. The more we read, the more we remember our-self, way back when, and our memories begin to fly home again to where the small fading voices still echo. Was this the intent all along?

‘Hey there, you. We’ve been waiting. Your old room is ready. Just as you left it. Oh, but don’t get too comfy now, you won’t be staying long.’

The murder of two girls brings Camille home on an assignment for the newspaper she now works for. In another town. Far away from home for a reason. But Camille has to prove her journalistic worth, and since she’s from that small-town where everybody knows your name, and since murder is, after all, front page news – she draws the short straw.

Sharp Objects is
Disturbing;
Dysfunctional; and
Psychologically abusive.

The murders are the catalyst, but the characters are the real story here. The title of this book should be a dead give-away (to those who have lived it. Perhaps). It wasn’t to me, or I would not have read it. There’s enough dysfunction laying low in the creases of my memory bank so as to stop a freight train. Thank you very much. I was surprised that I liked this book. Well done, Ms. Gillian Flynn. Well done.

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