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Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects

Book rating: 05 Paperback Phoenix

By (author) Gillian Flynn

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  • Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 197mm x 20mm | 225g
  • Publication date: 3 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0753822210
  • ISBN 13: 9780753822210
  • Edition statement: MMP Latest Reissue
  • Sales rank: 477

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When two girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town to report on the crimes. Long-haunted by a childhood tragedy and estranged from her mother for years, Camille suddenly finds herself installed once again in her family's mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and the half-sister she barely knows - a precocious 13-year-old who holds a disquieting grip on the town. As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims - a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

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Gillian Flynn was the chief TV critic for ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY. She is the author of two novels - SHARP OBJECTS and DARK PLACES.

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By Daniel G Taylor 17 Jun 2013 5

Many books start with characters in bad circumstances who escape those places. Sharp Objects looks at what happens when you return.

Camille Preaker is a reporter dealing with life after a stay in a psych ward (or the politically correct, "mental health inpatient unit"). Her alert editor smells a story, a potential serial killer on the loose in a small town, that will boost the paper's prestige. The murders, however, are taking place in Preaker's home town, Wind Gap.

Once back there, Preaker struggles to remain the adult she's become since she left and moved to Chicago. She finds herself deferring to her mother and wanting her sister to like her.

Like Preaker, I had a childhood filled with troubles - I was sexually abused by two relatives and emotionally abused by another - and while I've resolved those things, whenever I return to visit my family, I find myself acting like a little boy.
Flynn's story is gripping. One of the things I love most about crime novels is working out who did it. Flynn outwitted me and I'm grateful. Her writing is sharp and fresh.

If you like crime books, then this is a no-brainer must-read.

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`fizzes with colour and tension...a brilliant debut` GUARDIAN `A compellnig story, absolutely unputdownable` TELEGRAPH & ARGUS