(May contain semi-spoilers)
“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”… That is how the description of Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn starts on Goodreads. This book is disturbing and so good. I’m a sucker for a good murder mystery thriller book, tv-show, movie, audiobook, podcast what ever! It’s my favourite genre. I am constantly surprised by Gillian Flynn’s books and Sharp Objects is the best one I have read yet (way better than Gone Girl).
The main character is Camille, a writer/journalist from a small town but now living in Chicago. She is fresh out from a mental hospital because she is a cutter that carves words into her body. She has done this from childhood and now only has a few places of clear skin left on her body. Camille’s childhood has not been easy. Her mother had her at a very young age (17 if I remember correctly) and she doesn’t know who her father is. She has two half sisters, Marian who died very young, and Amma, who is 13 and the “it” girl in their hometown Wind Gap. Her mother Adora is a very strict and cold woman who has no emotions towards Camille and treats Amma like her doll. She has her fingers in everything in Wind Gap as her family is the richest in the town.
Camille is sent back to her hometown of Wind Gap because a young girl is murdered and another missing to get the story first because no of the big newspapers are telling the story. And because it is her hometown, her boss Curry (who is also Camille’s very good friend/father figure) thinks she can get the story faster because people will know her and her family. Camille is very reluctant to go because of the difficult relationship with her mother but Cutty tells her that she can leave anytime she wants, but just to give it a shot because no one else is reporting this story.
Needless to say, Camille’s return home is not good. The whole town is on edge because of the murder and the missing girl (who turns up dead), and also because an outside detective has been shipped in to investigate. Being back home, Camille now only has to deal with the story she is trying to tell, interview the parents of both the dead and the missing girl, their friends, class mates and so on, but she also has to deal with her own family, her cold mother, her stepfather that she doesn’t really know, and a 13 years old little sister who lives a double life of the good little girl at home and the drinking, drug taking bully that she really is.
Without revealing too much, I can say that Camille’s life really takes a turn for the worse while being back at Wind Gap, and a lot of things about her family is revealed to her – about herself, her mother, Amma and the death of her other sister Marian. And if you want to know what that is, just read the book! It is honestly so good and you will finish it in no time, it’s such a page turner, I could hardly put it down!
As a last note, apparently Sharp Objects is coming out as a TV-show on HBO starring Amy Adams as Camille. I have not found any information about when it’s coming out, but filming in on at the moment.