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Some books build momentum through action, others through narrative. This debut novel by Gillian Flynn does it through a growing sense of unease, its quite unlike most books. Camille Preaker is a reporter who is assigned to her home town to report on two murders of young girls. She doesn't like returning home and has a very strained relationship with her mother, step father and half sister. She is a damaged individual and in a small town everyone knows everyone else. So its hard to hide from her demons. What unfolds is a story of the murders and also of a family that is broken. There isn't much action and Camille isn't a very sympathetic main character. In fact you may not even like her much, I pitied her really.
So why does this book work? After all its main character isn't going to win readers over and its not got action or huge events. What makes it work is the claustrophobic approach to the material and its imagining of a southern town that has its secrets. Its intriguing and very creepy to read with a level of unease and tension throughout.