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Sharp Objects: A Novel

Sharp Objects: A Novel

ISBN: 0307341542

Title: Sharp Objects: A Novel

Author: Gillian Flynn

KDL Description:

“Camille is a reporter for a small-time Chicago newspaper when she is sent to her hometown of Wind Gap to cover the murder of two girls. There, she resides with her neurotic mother and half-sister, whom she barely knows, and has to confront a childhood trauma, and the eerie, yet strangely familiar, deaths of the young girls. I love Gillian Flynn as an author because her characters are deep, and flawed, especially her female main characters. She isn’t afraid to make her novels dark, gritty, and psychologically compelling, and there may not always be the ending the reader expects, or desires, but it always leaves an impression. Sharp Objects in particular has some material that some readers may find objectionable, and it is not for the faint of heart. Readers will be unnerved by her story and the dysfunctional family, but it questions the nature of the mind, and the culture in America consumed by the media, sexual imagery, and crime. This book, as well as her other two novels, are in production to be made into films, so read it before it has a long wait period.”—Emily at KDL’s Cascade Township branch

Amazon Description:

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.