Hi Everyone, so here it is, the first book of my reading challenge!
Have you guys read it? Let me know in the comments what you thought of it and if you agree with my review!
I have given this book 5 stars- I really….well, enjoyed it is probably the wrong turn of phrase, but I thought it was an excellent read.
“Sharp Objects” is the debut novel from Gillian Flynn, the author of the critically acclaimed “Gone Girl” which was turned into a successful film in 2014.
Despite “Gone Girl” reaching more fame, I actually thought “Sharp Objects” was better.
“Sharp Objects” is a psychological Crime novel, the main character is not a male, tortured, private investigator which is the usual trope for crime novels these days, but a young, female journalist with a haunted past and mental health problems.
The story revolves around the journalist, Camille, returning to her home town to investigate the murder and disappearance of two young girls. Her return to the town is not a welcome one, and the reader quickly discovers that there are a lot of dark secrets within the town and Camille’s past that in turn will keep you on the edge of your seat but simultaneously not wanting to read on.
This novel is not for the faint-hearted, but if you love a good psychological thriller, and you don’t mind a few sleepless nights then this book is for you!
“Sharp Objects” looks at issues of sexual assault, mental illness, bullying, family relationships and small town politics as well as looking at what would drive someone to become a murderer. It also begs the question whether someone is born a murderer or is made into one.
I am definitely interested in reading some other of Flynn’s novels in the future, but this week I’m going to go for a slightly different tack, give myself a break from murder for a bit!
This week I am reading “Wildwood” by Colin Meloy the first in a trilogy of fantasy novels written for older children (recommended for kids around 9-11 years) by the lead singer of the “Decemberists” and illustrated by his wife, the talented illustrator Carson Ellis. Please let me know if you are joining in with the challenge, and happy reading!