Earlier this year, I read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I had no idea what to expect, but I loved it – it was jaw-dropping, shocking and brilliant. I shared my thoughts right here on this blog.
And a friend who read my review told me she’d got another Gillian Flynn – and it was even better!
Even better? This I had to read. So she lent it to me.
Sharp Objects is Flynn’s debut and is every bit as sick as Gone Girl – and every bit as brilliant too.
Young reporter, Camille Preaker, is sent from Chicago back to the home town she left years ago, to get the story on the disappearance of two little girls. Her editor wants a real feel for the town, the people and the circumstances of the disappearances.
Camille reluctantly stays with her mother, with whom she has always had a difficult relationship, and starts getting to know her 13 year old half-sister. She finds herself haunted by her own family tragedy and both fascinated and appalled by the grip her sister seems to have on the town and their mother.
Desperate to leave and desperate to solve the disappearance of the two girls, Camille needs to make sense of her own past if she is to get to the bottom of the mystery.
This is a real page-turner, which I completely devoured – staying up late on a marathon reading session to finish it. Then regretting it because it was quite disturbing and I couldn’t sleep.
If you like your fiction dark and disturbing, then Sharp Objects comes highly recommended. And, yes, it might just be better than Gone Girl!