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Gillian Flynn is TV critic for US magazine Entertainment Weekly, but after the highly impressive thriller debut that is Sharp Objects, she may have to re-think the day job particularly as such masters of the thriller as Harlan Coben and Stephen King are falling over each other to praise her novel.
Flynns conflicted heroine is journalist Camille Parker, who is holding down a job on a low-rent newspaper, convinced that shes inspiring only feeling of disappointment in her editor, who has nursed unfulfilled hopes for her journalistic career. Camille, from a small town called Wind Gap in Missouri, sees herself as white trash, but actually hails from a moneyed family. To maintain her sanity, she has escaped from the town and her highly-strung, hypochondriac mother. But bad news beckons: she is summoned by her editor, who suggests she return to her home town to cover the abduction and murder of two young girls. Despite all her reservations (not least for her own mental equilibrium), she feels she must go, returning to the impressive Victorian mansion that was her home. She is quickly back in dangerous territory with her demanding mother and reminding herself how she fell into a dark cycle of self-harm. Another problem is her Lolita-ish half-sister, a precocious teenager with a following of alienated girlfriends and some dark secrets of her own. Back in this destabilising territory, Camille is reminded of the childhood tragedy that left a mark on her. Looking into the deaths of the murdered girls, she starts to make big mistakes: going to bed with the investigator assigned to the case, and, worse, getting involved with the prime suspect, a disturbed teenager.
This heady brew of Southern gothic is dispatched with an assurance that totally belies the fact that this is a debut novel and, whats more, will have most readers hungry for more of Gillian Flynns individual brand of sexually-charged menace. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
To say this is a terrific debut novel is really too mild ... [it is] a relentlessly creepy family saga. I found myself dreading the last thirty pages or so, but was helpless to stop turning them. Then, after the lights were out, the story just stayed there in my head, coiled and hissing, like a snake in a cave (Stephen King)
This is a stylish thriller about housewives who don't recognise their own desperations, while the reader recognises with fascinated clarity the nastiness and vacuity of life in an updated Stepford (Literary Review)
It is a stunningly accomplished evocation of the oppressiveness of small-town life and is just as assured in depicting the gradually revealed psychological disorder that links Camille to both the killer and victims (Sunday Times)
Compulsively disturbing and ... exciting (Time Out)
[A] striking first novel ... a relentlessly dark tale, with some very disturbing characters, Camille among then, and it makes a powerful impact (Sunday Telegraph)
A stylish and compelling debut. A real winner (Harlan Coben)
If you love Martha O'Connor look out for Gillian Flynn's debut, Sharp Objects ... a gothic fairytale-gone-bad (Company)
The horror creeps up slowly, with Flynn misdirecting the reader until the shocking, dreadful and memorable double ending (Publisher's Weekly)
Six years before she became famous for Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn's first book wowed the critics.. it's a dark, unsettling read that fills you with doubt and keeps you second-guessing the whole way through" (ESSENTIALS)
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Aside from the family dynamics which definitely helped keep the story interesting, Camille is desperate to file a newsworthy story on the mysterious deaths of some local children. She puts herself out of her comfort zone many times to try and garner some interesting detail from her ex school chums and her mother's mates to put some meat on the bones so to speak.
Well, there are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing in true Gillian Flynn style and I am glad I read it. No more from me in fear of a spoiler but I will say if you like her other works you'll probably enjoy this one too.
S.S. Van Dine says in "20 rules of crime fiction" that the reader should have equal opportunity in terms of figuring out who the killer is. Things must be obvious to the reader too. The narrator can't all of a sudden say "and there was also a letter that I haven't mentioned before. That letter was a confession" etc. And I think, in really good thrillers, there is always that "of course! how can I not realise that?!" moment. In "Sharp Objects", around 6% (yes, kindle reader here), you say "oh yeah, here is the murderer" and as you keep moving forward, you find yourself saying "yep, yep here is another clue, oh see here it is so obvious" and then you're at the end of the novel and you've been right all along. Why do we waste our time reading hundreds of pages then? I find it interesting that this book has been described as a page turner. There are absolutely no twists in the plot and overall, it's quite disappointing compared to Dark Places -which is not great but better than Sharp Objects.
The one thing I absolutely despise about this authors books (all 3 I've read have been the same) is the unnecessary and gratuitous sex bits and pieces. They add NOTHING to the story whatsoever and are extremely crudely written; now I'm no prude but she gives the impression they've been written the way they are just for some kind of shock rating. To me they lower her credibility as a great writer; there's a time, place and certain kind of book for smutty sex scenes, and these books aren't them.
She has a great ability to keep the reader on the edge of their seat right up until the very end; to be able to take you along on a journey here, there and everywhere with gritty story lines and believable characters, so I feel it's such a shame she feels she has to add the crudeness
Sharp Objects tells the story of the search for the killer of two very young girls in a small Missouri town. It's told from the point of view of Camille Preaker, a former resident of Wind Gap, the town where the killings took place. Having left to live and work in Chicago years earlier, journalist Preaker returns to her home town to investigate and report on the case on behalf of her employer, the Chicago Post. Upon returning, Preaker's dysfunctional childhood and difficult relationship with her overbearing mother are re-examined.
The 'sharp objects' in the title refer to the tools which the self-harming Preaker has used to (almost entirely)scar her body since childhood. With the exception of her face and a small circle in her back, her skin is covered with marks. Preaker is also a chronic alcoholic who frequently starts the day with a glass of vodka, or whatever comes to hand. She is a seriously messed-up young woman.
This is an incredibly dark novel, which like Dark Places deals with the most despicable of all crimes: child murder. For some reason, Flynn appears to be drawn to this grim subject. But the problem with this story is that it lacks pace. Flynn spends the vast majority of the novel carefully describing the painful childhood of the central protagonist, Preaker, and demonstrating just how emotionally damaged she and other members of her family still are (she has a younger half-sister), but it's all done far too slowly. At times one forgets that there is a case to solve. In contrast, the end of the book is rushed, and a major plot twist is presented too quickly.
For a first book, Sharp Objects is a decent attempt; but it's Flynn's weakest novel. Luckily for her she improved with her next two efforts.
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