Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn | Book Review


Genre: Adult, Mystery, Thriller

“Sometimes if you let people do things to you, you’re really doing it to them.”
-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.

With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.[Goodreads]


Gillian Flynn does it again. She made me completely question the sanity of her characters and her as a person. I did not think such a thing would be possible more than once. My review is going to be on the short side because not only is this a shorter book but because it is a thriller you want to go in not aware of pretty much anything.

Flynn crafted a story with intense characters that each have problems of their own. When Camille is sent back to her hometown after years to report on a possible rising serial killer, she is faced with family issues as well as the need to lapse back into her old habits. The way that Flynn creates and weaves together her stories leaves me completely shocked and slightly disturbed and Sharp Objects was no exception. You are left wondering who to believe and what is really happening in this small town, which seems to be hiding something. Not only is Camille trying to solve the questions of who murder these two young girls, but things from her past come back to haunt her and she must figure out the connection. Camille was an interesting character and had an intriguing issue. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat and although at times I felt that story lulled, I needed to know what was happening.

If you have read any of Gillian Flynn’s other work Sharp Objects will not disappoint. Her writing style is fantastic and gives you just enough to keep you wanting more. I have to say that I slightly solved this one to a point although the end caught me off guard, I did not see the end coming. That being said I still enjoyed Gone Girl more even though this was not a bad book at all . It was fantastic and I think that if you have never read any of Gillian Flynn’s work before you should definitely pick up any of her books. She has a way with psychotic, manipulative, and outright insane characters that are sure to leave you questioning everything and everyone.


6 thoughts on “Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn | Book Review

  1. I loved Sharp Objects, though I agree I love Gone Girl slightly more. I think Dark Places was my least favorite, but I’m excited regardless to see what they do with that movie!


  2. I think all three of Flynn’s books are great in their own way, and while I enjoyed this one too, I preferred Gone Girl as well. Even though I love-hate it! Lol R x


  3. So far, I’ve read Gone Girl and Dark Places and I’ve loved them both! It’s good to hear Sharp Objects doesn’t disappoint – I can’t wait to read it!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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  4. I read this and loved it too, I have read all Gillian Flynn’s books and I enjoy the fact that they aren’t formulaic and that is why I impatiently wait for a new one.


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