Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn

Sharp object - Gillian Flynn

Original book title: Sharp Objects 
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Penguin Random House US
Year of publication: 2006
Format: Audiobook
Duration: 9 h 34 min

This book is part of my 2016 reading challenge

I was so impressed by Gone Girl that I wanted to read more by Gillian Flynn. Sharp Objects is a dark story.
The protagonist, Camille is a complicated and troubled character and it was hard to connect with her as a reader. I couldn’t relate to her, but I was curious about her.

Camille is a washed-up journalist who returns home to cover the serial murders of two little girls. When memories of her painful and disturbed childhood emerge, you will find out more about her character. And the more you find out the more disturbing she gets! Her obsession to carve words into her body (all her body is covered with words) and her alcohol addiction for example. While you read this story you get dragged into her problems and unresolved issues with her mother and herself.

Flynn portrays the dark and complex mother/daughter relationships very well and it makes you a bit depressed. And now that I think about it, the whole atmosphere of the book is dark and depressing.

The writing is good, great actually, but I feel like the murder mystery gets in the background of all the dark and horrible memories of Camille. I wished it were more of a murder mystery than her own disturbing memories.