…by Gillian Flynn.
Camille Preaker is sent back to her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri by her boss at the Daily Post in Chicago to cover the disappearance of a 9 year old girl, Natalie Ann Keene. However, Wind Gap is the last place in the world Camille wants to be. Back home with her mother Adora, her step father Alan and her 13 year old half-sister Amma, Camille has to relive the toxic nature of her family. While she is trying to report on the case of two murdered girls, Camille cannot help but think of her sister who died when little. While dealing with the demons of the past the only way she can, Camille has to figure out whether her sister’s death has anything to do with the two recent deaths. Unless she loses herself completely in the process.
After having read Gone Girl, I was intrigued enough by Gillian Flynn’s writing style to pick up her other books. And I wasn’t disappointed. Sharp objects is yet another psychological thriller but more importantly, delves into the psyche of Camille, her mother and her half-sister. All of whom are screwed up. Camille copes by drinking, cutting and mutilating herself. Adora’s coping strategy with everything in life is to avoid. Resulting in her being a cold and absent parent for Camille when she was younger. And Amma. Well, she is perfectly described as a manipulative overly grown up pre-pubescent girl who knows how to play the game. The same family. Different ways of coping. Different mental health issues.
I thought Flynn did a wonderful job with this page-turner. I kept wanting to know what would happen next. And while the ending surprised me, at some level, it didn’t as well. Working in mental health with families, this was a perfect example of how it moves through generations. Camille and her family could very well be one of the clients I see at my work. All I hope is that the rest of the thriller remains fiction!
Until next time,