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Sunday, July 04, 2010

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

After reading Twenties Girl, I was really in the mood for another Sophie Kinsella novel but decided that it might be a good idea to have a gap between a book I thoroughly enjoyed and her next one. Maybe I would try to compare them too much, being back-to-back, and would be sadly disappointed with the second.

So I picked this one, which has been on my reading list for awhile. And I'm glad I did.

Camille Preaker is a small-town girl, who reports for a small newspaper in the big city of Chicago.

Her editor sends her back to her hometown to cover a little known crime that's been occurring: 9 year old girls being murdered.

For Camille, going back to her hometown takes her back to her youth, and showcases the dark edge in her personality. An alcoholic perhaps? And ex-cutter. And a woman that uses sex to make her feel better.

It's a dark, dark novel...and Camille is a dark, dark character. This is *so* up my alley.

It's disturbing and what makes it more cool, is the disturbing character is a woman. Too few novels actually showcase women in a disturbingly flawed state, unless it's based on a true story.

This was a book I could not put down. I couldn't wait to enter the world of Wind Gap, Missouri and Camille's mind.

The novel has Camille speaking to "us", the readers. So we know everything going on in her brain, her memories, her thoughts, her experiences. And although the end wasn't completely amazing to me (I had it all figured out), I continue to think about Camille, Richard, John Keene, and Camille's family and hope for Gillian Flynn to bring back these folks in another novel.

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