Mar 17, 2014

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects

WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, 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 again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

I copied the summary from Gillian Flynn's website. In Sharp Objects reporter Camille has to return to her home town to cover the disappearance of a young girl. Another one has been murdered the previous year. Camille has to travel a long way back to home where she hasn't been in many years. Her family isn't very happy to see her again. She is welcome to stay in the family mansion, but is she safe there? 
Camille has been damaged by her past. She has spent some time in a psychiatric hospital to learn how to stop cutting words into her skin. I kept wanting to protect her. Camille is vulnerable and she isn't always capable to make the right decisions for herself. Bit by bit she starts to unravel the mystery of the murders. Her health starts to deteriorate and things keep getting worse. I had to keep reading to find out what happened next, this book is a real page turner. It's creepy and the plot is absolutely terrifying.  

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