You know, I’ve never been that kind of thriller books reader. My appetite for investigation cases, nicely described in good lectures, came on the surface when I first read Agatha Christi’s “Murder in Orient Express,” many years ago.
But still, I avoided crime novels, until heard about Gillian Flynn novels. “Sharp Objects” was read breathlessly in one and a half day and it is still in my memory as a great thriller book.
Childhood depression, murder, and journalism with its harsh rules
“I just think some women aren’t made to be mothers. And some women aren’t made to be daughters.”
After a short period spent in psychiatry, Camille, a young investigative journalist, gets a critical murder case, which happened in her old hometown. Two little girls were found dead, so she has to go back to the town where she had a horrible childhood and face those cruel memories, to write a detailed article for the newspaper.
“A town so suffocating and small, you tripped over people you hated every day. People who knew things about you. It’s the kind of place that leaves a mark.”
The investigation, but also the “sharp” memories about an alcoholic mother who doesn’t love her, the death of her little sister and the old adventures in this “invisible town” all are unrolling in a fast way.
Camille starts investigating the double murder cases in a hard climate and facing her old memories.
A captivating story and a sharp writing style
Besides the overwhelming story of Camille, I was also impressed by the way how Gillian Flynn contours the murder investigation. There are so many turning backs that you can hardly guess who the murderer is. This is why I couldn’t leave the book until I knew who killed those two girls. And the ending happened to be such a huge surprise!
Flynn convinced me to recommend her book happily. The way Camille becomes from a troubled girl an excellent investigation journalist, the sharpened carrousel of events, but also the lessons I’ve discovered in this book are few of the reasons you should give it a try.
“Sharp Objects” was also screened by Marti Noxon, but this time as a tv series, based on Flynn’s crime novel.