Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn is a murder mystery set in a small Minnesota town. The main character, Camille Preaker, is a reporter who goes back to her hometown to do newspaper coverage on the murder of two girls that happened there.
The woman tries not only to solve the mystery, but is made to face her past and her dysfunctional family. During her stay, Camille, a former self-harmer and patient of a psychiatric hospital, discovers some disturbing facts about her family history.
Gillian Flynn brings out a dark, unnerving image of an American small town that has nothing to do with the stereotype of a cozy and heart-warming place. Interestingly, she presents a place where women are not only victims, but also ruthless aggressors.
The author makes a sour statement about American family, youth, and society. "Sharp Objects" is a fascinating read and a real page-turner that stays in your head long after you have read it. This book will make you cringe!
Note from Megan, editor of the Book Club Guide
Thanks for submitting this interesting review. This novel sounds like a great 'beach read' or a good selection for a mystery book club.
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