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.
“This is the story of Camille Preaker, who works as a reporter for a newspaper in Chicago. She has been assigned to cover the story of a possible child serial killer in a small town in Missouri. She was given this story mainly because this small town happens to be her hometown.
We know that Camille is a physically beautiful, but very troubled young woman. We know that she does not want to go home, and throughout the course of this disturbing novel we find out why.
I found this to be a very interesting story, and a page-turner which is high compliment. This book does an excellent job of showing the repercussions of child abuse, and what life is like in a small town.
The only reason this book did not get 5 stars is the mystery aspect. I cannot say more without a spoiler, but I found that part of the resolution improbable for a variety of reasons.
Still, this is a suspenseful, *different* book, and I think that the character of Camille Preaker will stay with me for a long time. I would definitely give Gillian Flynn another try.” – Amazon Review
“One gripe I have about most thrillers is that the plot is all-important, and the characters end up so dull — interchangeable, really. Not so with Camille in Sharp Objects! She’s an incredibly-flawed and fragile character who I’m sure will haunt me for a long time, and whom I’ll be reminded of sometimes when I see a certain type of person on the street.
I found this book to be an emotional experience because the deeper I got into Camille’s world and the more I learned her personal story, the more I realized that her discovery of who the murderer was would have the potential to absolutely destroy her — and she’s someone who, by all rights, really should have hit bottom by now.
A short, terse book you won’t soon forget.” – Amazon Review