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  • Writer's pictureAnnika Pillai

a review of sharp objects by gillian flynn

Basically everyone and their mom has been raving about Gillian Flynn––specifically Gone Girl and Sharp Objects, and since I have already seen the Gone Girl movie, I saw no point in reading the book, and decided to read Sharp Objects instead. And this was an interesting one, to say the least.

Sharp Object follows Camille Preaker, a journalist, who has a troubling assignment––she has to return to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Camille hates her hometown, and she is not excited to go back to her neurotic mother, and to her preteen half sister she barely knows, who also has a weird grip on the town. Whilst staying in her old mansion, Camille quickly realizes that she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her past, if she has any hope of getting to the bottom of this story.

The only way that I can describe this book is as being eerie. Gillian Flynn has such a way with her words––the atmosphere she created was so chilling, and creepy and I was so uncomfortable the whole time I was reading this book. A whole lot of nothing happened during the first 80% of the book, but I almost didn’t mind because of how chilling the atmosphere was. Camille was such an interesting character to read about, and although I didn’t particularly like her, or connect with her, I was able to empathize with her and what she had gone through. At times she was a very frustrating character to read about, but I suppose that is a given, considering what she had gone through.

One thing that I loved about this book was the exploration of familial relationships, and the effect of trauma inflicted by parents can have on children, psychologically. Camille’s relationship with her mother and half-sister was so interesting to read about, and I think was the best part of this book. Her, her mother, and her sister were so fascinating, and Gillian Flynn really did an excellent job portraying their toxic and fucked-up dynamic. Also, can we talk about that final twist? Holy shit, it was insane.

(Also, this book very deeply depicts self-harm, suicide, and depression, so really make sure you are in a good place, before reading!)

The only reason this book is four stars, and not five stars for me, was how slow the beginning was, and how little happened. Not much occurred for the first 80% of the book, and at times I was confused as to where the story was going. That being said, I highly recommend everyone pick this up, because wow, it was good.

Rating ➳ 4/5 stars

(tw: self harm, child death, child abuse, sexual assault)


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