The first book I read by Gillian Flynn was Gone Girl as I wanted to read it before I watched the movie. I really liked her style so I promised myself I would read more of her novels. I came across Dark Places and Sharp Objects and I have just got around to reading Sharp Objects.
Published in September 2006 this was Flynn’s debut novel. I wasn’t sure how I would like this as usually writing style develops the more we write but I was very impressed.
All in all I actually enjoyed this book a lot more than Gone Girl. While I felt the plot was somewhat predictable (I guessed the killer pretty much off the bat) it didn’t ruin the read. I was intrigued by the way the characters interacted with each other especially given the family dynamics.
The main character Camille is likeable but damaged and self-destructive. I did find myself getting frustrated at her and wondered why on earth she was still staying with her mother when there was a perfectly good motel she could have stayed at. That became clear later though with the craving for attention and affection she sought.
The book wasn’t overly long which I really liked as I have found some crime writers can tend to drone on a bit and drag it all out meaning that about 3 chapters could probably be skipped.
It took me about two days to read and that was while managing a 3 children and a partner (who is probably a bigger child in fairness).
I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes a nice easy read crime fiction book that may not have much time.
I am certainly looking forward to see what Gillian Flynn’s books have to offer.
Sharp Objects is available via Audio, E-Book and Paperback and can be found here.
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