Two young girls have gone missing and turned up dead in the small town of Wind Gap, Mo., a city of 2,000 where hog butchering is the biggest industry. Growing up as the daughter of the richest family in town, Camille was the original mean girl. So imagine, if you will, coming home to your crazy mama, your creepy stepfather and your neurotic 13 year old sister that you don't really know; and then add uncomfortable interactions with all of the girls you looked down on when you were growing up.
Gillian Flynn gives so much attention to Camille's personal problems, that it's easy to forget that she came home to write a story, not deal with her personal issues. But as you read, you'll come to understand that her personal issues are as much a part of the story she's writing as the murders of the two little girls. As I've come to learn with her writing, Flynn has a way of drawing readers in, getting them deeply invested in her characters and then turning you against them when you least expect it. At times I loved Camille, others I hated Camille. The same goes for Amma. With Sharp Objects, Flynn takes readers on a roller coaster ride that doesn't stop until the very last page.
Published: September 2006
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