There are novels that I have to force myself to read at times, and then there are books
that I can’t put down. Sharp Objects was one of the books that I couldn’t stop reading. Throughout the entire book, I was so intrigued by the main character’s -Camille Preaker – own personal mystery that I became just as obsessed as she was with learning the truth. I would find myself reading on my lunch break at work, or I would be reading while waiting on my boyfriend to get out of the grocery store. I think this book may be one of my favorites so far this year.
I want to start this review off by comparing Sharp Objects to Gone Girl (debuted in 2012), even though it seems like every thriller/ suspense novel that has some sort of compelling twist is always getting compared to Gone Girl. In this case, I think it is necessary considering they are written by the same author. Honestly, Gone Girl wasn’t that great for me. I can say I was surprised by the twist, but I was bored for the most part. It was hard to read; however, Sharp Objects was the opposite. The plot twist in Gone Girl was very surprising, and I didn’t see it coming. In Sharp Objects, the author makes you think you’ve figured out the plot twist, and then she quickly makes you realize how wrong you were.
Camille Preaker is a reporter based out of Chicago, but she gets an assignment to cover the murders of two little girls in her hometown – Wind Gap, Missouri. She is reluctant to go because she knows that she has to face her mother and deal with her own past. While discovering secrets about her life and the death of her sister, she is able to uncover the events surrounding the murders of the little girls.
Camille is one of my favorite heroines because she accepts her flaws while struggling to understand her life. She is a very dynamic character. As a reader, I found myself truly feeling empathy toward her. Her life growing up wasn’t easy, and she had to deal with many issues that plagued her small town and her family. She was so damaged that she seemed real. Many main female characters seem too perfect that it’s hard to relate to them, but even though she definitely had her issues, she was interesting. There was a part in the book that I really got pissed off at her for a second, but once I learned her motives behind her actions I felt like I understood her. Throughout her life, it seems that she was striving for her mother’s love, but it was never given to her. Eventually, she just gave up trying and left. After the death of her sister, she had no ties in Wind Gap anymore.
SPOILER (If you want to read this book and don’t want to know any details, then skip over this part. What I’m going to mention isn’t a huge part of the story, but it is a spoiler nonetheless). One thing that gets on my nerves about books, movies, tv shows, etc., is when they have useless details that serve no purpose. As I reader, I always look for small details because I find that they lead up to important concepts or events in a book. Wellll, if Gillian Flynn had a purpose for this scene/chapter then I don’t know what it is. Camille finds herself at a bar where she sees John Keene -brother of one of the victims and a prime suspect. They start talking, end they eventually hook up in a motel room. I honestly do not know what the point of this was?! It served no true purpose and added nothing to the overall plot. The only reason I can even consider for including this is to show the depth of Camille’s mental illness and how it has truly impacted her life. In the moments with John, she seems to overcome some of her issues and embrace what she has done.
Again, when Camille went to see her mother’s friend Jackie (and had to rub her feet.. was that weird for anyone else?) to talk about her mother and didn’t really even get any information, I was seriously like wtf? What was the point of this whole conversation other than making me feel extremely uncomfortable. Ever since she was introduced in the story, I felt that she had some important clue or secret that Camille needed to know. She probably did, but she didn’t share it with anyone, so it was kind of pointless.
End of Spoilers
I really liked the fact that Camille was a reporter in the story because it added a special dynamic to the story because readers are able to see the opinions and perspectives of the characters she interviews. There were certain characters (I’m talking about you Adora, Amma, and Katie) that I absolutely hated. Not because the were terrible characters because they weren’t (except maybe Katie). They were just terrible people in the book. Their stories and personalities were so well written and brought to life, that I had genuine disgust for these people. There were other characters in the book (Chief Vickery, Meredith, and Alan) that I didn’t think the book truly needed. Vickery was supposed to be investigating the murders, but his presence was overshadowed by Richard Willis – the detective from the city – who was supposed to just be assisting with the investigation. BTWs, Detective Willis truly seems like a douchebag, and I was kinda indifferent towards him. I didn’t really like him, but he wasn’t terrible enough for me to hate him.
Finally, let’s talk about the TWIST. After many drug-induced/ alcohol induced epiphanies, Camille discovers the truth about her sister. Learning about her past growing up, she realizes what she needs to do in order to build evidence against the murderer she believes killed the little girls. She literally sacrifices her body and her mind to be able to do this. And then, BAM! Camille learns the truth after the suspected murderer is arrested. Will it be too late? Maybe… I guess you’ll have to find out.
I do have one lingering question that I never learned in this book. I reallyyyyy want to know what happened to Camille’s father and who he is. He was mentioned barely in the book, but the author never provided any information…. It was just one of the questions that was left unanswered and it irritates me.
Anyway, I loved this book. It was great, and I definitely recommend it. If you have read this, share your thoughts with me and let me know what you thought!