Friday, July 12, 2013

Bookshelf: Gillian Flynn

Messed up. Those are the two best words I can think of to describe Gillian Flynn's first novel "Sharp Objects". Really messed up. Camille Preaker, a thirty something reporter, heads home to cover the murders of two young girls, both found with all their teeth pulled. Her mother takes her homecoming as an affront and her thirteen year old half sister taunts her at every turn. As Camille digs into the case, trying to get info from the local cops, her tortured pass emerges in little bits. First, in glimpses of the words she cut into her skin (neck to toe) and later in admissions of how she let boys treat her at a young age.

I love Flynn's writing style. It's what kept me reading "Gone Girl" and this book as well, because murder and teeth pulling and cutting are not normally my cup of tea. Her books are page-turners and though "Sharp Objects" is a thin paperback, I was hoping it would go on and on.

I don't know if it's the writer in me or just that somehow Flynn and I think alike, but in both books I had the end figured out within the first fifty or so pages. It didn't ruin either book. Actually, it made me read faster to see if I was correct. I absolutely recommend reading "Sharp Objects". It's quite easy to pick up and put down so while it isn't fluff, it's actually a good beach reach.

Happy Reading!

PS I made the mistake of starting "That Fault In Our Stars" before bed last night and didn't want to stop. Unfortunately I have to work today so I couldn't stay up all night reading like I wanted. For those who have already read it, did you find yourself balancing on a precarious line between laughter and tears? I feel like my emotions are a little confused because I laugh every other page and yet often I have tears in my eyes. Maybe it's allergies.

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