Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Finally got around to reading Gillian Flynn's first novel, Sharp Objects, and I will say it again I think Ms Flynn must have some seriously dark dreams.
We start out our story with or "star" Camille being sent back to her hometown to report on a murder of one girl and a girl that has gone missing. The editor of her Chicago paper senses a bigger story and wants to get the jump on it before the big papers in Chicago do. The logic being that a reporter from the area went all the way out to Montana and wrote something up that got him a Pulitzer, reason enough I guess. The problem is Camille doesn't want to go back home and to help her deal with these demons her editor says she can stay at her mom's house instead of getting and expensing a hotel. Nothing like dropping in on your mom, stepdad and half sister unannounced to get the drama flowing, right?
It's at this point that you realize this story will be less about investigating a murder, which quickly becomes two murders shortly after Camille's arrival, and more about investigating and confronting Camille's demons.
I liked the book and found it to be dark (surprise) and full of some seriously messed up people, at least in Camille's family. Her mother is an uncaring and cold bitch that could care less about Camille (nice, eh?) and her thirteen-year-old half-sister has basically done every drug known to man and had sex with every male in the town, well the ones in high school and younger anyway. Like I said, some messed up people. Oh, and her stepdad has all the personality of a store mannequin.
The local police officer could have been better developed, I think, but he does serve his minor part pretty well.
There is also the eighteen-year-old brother of one of the murder victims, a real looker, and his equally attractive girlfriend that just wants to get in the paper so the world could see her brilliance or whatever logic she has in her head.
Finally, there is a detective called in from Kansas City, Missouri. Richard, who doesn't mean being called "Dick" because it works on a variety of different levels. Now the story takes place in Wind Gap, Missouri which is in the far southern and eastern part of the state, so I have no idea why they would call in a detective from Kansas City instead of St Louis. That last bit bothered me throughout the whole story and I am curious as to why he was from there.
The story does get pretty predictable, although the thirty plus Camille hanging out and partying with the thirteen-year-old Amma did seem kind of far-fetched but maybe the author used to hang out in those kinds of circles, which might explain some things. The book was a quick read and if you want a decade old book to keep you entertained while flying across the country or something, you could do worse.
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