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Dark, cynical and twisted,
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This review is from: Sharp Objects (Kindle Edition)
When so many crime novels are derivative and imitative, Flynn is a genuine breath of fresh air. Here she takes some well-worn clichés of the genre (the woman who returns to the home she escaped; the alliance of journalist and cop; murder which unsettles small-town USA; the damaged narrator) and makes them feel alive again.
Make no mistake, this is dark, twisted, a little perverse and sometimes nastily grubby – and yet there is a kind of compelling fascination in the story which is very well crafted.
I could say more about some of the almost taboo themes explored here but that may give away too many spoilers for new readers. If you’re looking for crime fiction which is also intelligent, probing, and nicely cynical about some of the ways women are culturally constructed and represented, this is excellent.