Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town.

Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.


Fresiako’s Review

Omfg that was one wild ass messed up motherfucking ride! I’m not gonna lie I lowkey loved it.

This book felt like entering a dark, dreary and unsettling world; where like the main character Camille, it felt like you might never truly escape from.

Almost every character in this story was basically operating on different levels of messed up and the poisonous (hohoho) toxicity of the townsfolk really permeated every single page. All the characters started reminding me of evil pray mantis’s all hard edges and knobbly knees.

It’s been a long time since I finished a book so quickly, so thanks Flynn for helping me out of my book slump! My only real complaint is that I guessed early on who the mystery killer was so the ending didn’t really shock me.

Likes:

• The characters were all fascinating in their unabashed deplorability and some of the most depraved characters (Amma and Adora) were the most interesting.

• I also like that this book well and truly felt like a female-driven book, all the most vital characters are women and the book explores the sometimes dark side various female relationships can take like mother-daughter, friends, and sisterly bonds.

• The book built up tension really well, I was literally on the edge of my proverbial seat eager to see the mystery unraveled. I’ll be honest a book has never really scared me before, but this book managed to literally jump scare me twice.

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That scene where Camille is vomiting out the blue pill and Adora suddenly pops out of who the fuck knows where literally made me jump hohoho


• Even though Camille the heroine was one judgy ass hoe, I too am a judgy ass hoe so I appreciated her and all her craziness. Camille’s takedown of the suburban Stepford type housewife is way too real and way too on point. Having less than forgiving thoughts about the mindless suburban housewives of yo respective hood is I think something we can all relate to (or is it just me?).

• Her backstory was refreshingly unique in the world of thrillers. Though she did do some crazy stupid shit like that whole twelvie party sequence felt a little too much like I was watching Ralph Wiggum taking LSD.

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I was cringing at Camille getting turnt with a bunch of 13 yr olds and I also thought she’d get arrested when that weird ecstasy teen kissing circle thing happened.

• The Plot! The whole last 20% of the book I was basically in a state of terror, worried that this hoe wouldn’t be able to make it out alive. The level of anxiety these scenes were giving me is a sign of good writing. Well done kween Flynn u played me well, and u made me ur bitch hohoho. I bow down to thee!

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When she kept going back home where Adora and Amma could get at her I was really worried she’d wake up to them strangling her or some shit. I was inwardly screaming at her to get out of that house.
Every time Camille gulped down the weird concoctions Adora kept forcing her to drink I was like noooo!

Dislikes:

• I think maybe some of the names Flynn picked for her characters felt a little too on the nose. Like Adora? lmao was Adora forever just longing after people to adore her cause of her namesake. If I name my kid haterecia will she spend her life being a hater hohoho.

• I feel like my main criticism of the book was that I guessed who the killers were pretty early on, so I wasn’t exactly shocked. Parts of the plot could have been tighter, but the ride to the reveal was still worth it!


Shookitha’s Review

“I wish I’d be murdered. Then I’d never have to worry again. When you die, you become perfect. I’d be like Princess Diana. Everyone loves her now.”

Wow. Suddenly the shookith is me!

STRONG TW: Self Mutilation, Cutting

Sharp Objects is Gillian Flynn’s debut novel, a psychological thriller. Flynn’s probably most known for her book Gone Girl which is hands down my favorite thriller of all time so I was expecting quite a lot from this one. Luckily I was NOT disappointed! I’ve wanted to read Flynn’s other novels for awhile but if you’ve read Gone Girl you know this author’s writing style is very… disturbing. Have to be in the right mind set to pick up one of her books. With the HBO adaptation coming out this summer I figured the time has come!

Sharp Objects is written from the POV of Camille, a reporter living in Chicago. Camille returns to her home town “The Wind Gap” in Missouri to report on the disappearance of a young girl named Natalie, the second little girl to go missing in the town. Things pop off left right and sideways from the moment Camille stays with her mother, step father Alan and half sister Amma.

On to the good stuff! Amma hands down was the character that intrigued me the most. Satan’s baby A popular teenage girl straight outtta junior high hell, she set fire to these pages in the most ugly nasty way. Adora comes second and then Camille, all with unique and potent brands of crazy. If you’re picking up one of these novels looking for a likable character you will be looking a long time lol. And to me that’s 100% the point, the author shines a light on real life psychological horrors. Flynn’s takedown of the small minded suburban housewife and the small time men who peaked on the high school football field was straight up delicious like I’m not going to lie. I even kind of ugly cackled in a few spots, you know when things are so awful it becomes comical? no? oh ok I’ll be over here in my sicko corner then hohoho

In a word I’d describe this author’s writing style as vicious. I liked how Camille, even though she escaped from the Wind Gap is still plagued by her seemingly innate suburban cruelty lmao. She’s not the heroine above it all, she engages in it more and more as the story progresses.

Things are said and done in this book that were awful and beyond disturbing. And I thoroughly enjoyed reading about all of it.

*I will say the thing that kind of pushed it too much for me was all the sexualization of teenage girls. I get that it’s meant to be disturbing but it was a bit much. Camille kinda redeems it with a scene but..still.

My favorite scene was:

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the scene where Camille and Amma are tripping on X and walking home lmao. It was beyond fucked up and ended up being almost kind of sweet in the most sociopathic fucked up way. Talk about sister bonding time. Camille was utterly pathetic doing drugs with her 13 yr old sister and her little friends, craving Amma’s acceptance. It was terrible. It was amazing.

 
The ending was satisfying enough. I thought it was over and was disappointed in the ending.

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I thought it was pretty obvious Adora was linked to the murders, um baby biting anyone?!?

and then Flynn came in like “think again hoe!” I liked the final twist it did feel kind of rushed but it had impact. I was thoroughly disturbed by the end of it all. 

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Amma’s dollhouse floor being made out of the dead little girl’s teeth squicked me all the way out. Nice touch, Flynn lmaoo

The entire book gave me the damn creeps. What kept me from giving a full out 5 stars was the plot wasn’t as tight and didn’t unravel quite as magnificently as Gone Girl’s. It was more character driven, which worked for me as the characters were fascinating in their levels of fuckery.

All in all, the answer to the major question: Was it better than Gone Girl?
I mean… in short no. lol But I think that’s to be kind of expected, it was her first novel afterall. That’s not to say it’s not worth reading, it 100% is. Especially if you loved Gone Girl! I dare say the characters as a whole are more interesting in Sharp Objects. Cannot wait to watch the HBO adaptation!!


SHOOKITHA’S OVERALL VERDICT: SNATCHED

4 wig stars

4 wigs out of 5


FRESIAKO’S OVERALL VERDICT: SNATCHED

4 wig stars

4 wigs out of 5

Have you read Sharp Objects or any of Gillian Flynn’s other novels? Let us know what you think in the comments! 

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