Book Review: Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn

I had read and enjoyed Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl when it first came out, so my expectations were somewhat high when I first picked up Sharp Objects. Needless to say, I was not disappointed.

Sharp Objects is the kind of book you can't put down, but if you do, you can't stop thinking about it. It is sticky, messy, uncomfortable and exquisitely well-written. 

I did not read the synopsis prior to starting the book, as I did not want to taint my reading experience with a path that would be created by someone else. I let myself discover the story word by word and found myself completely absorbed in the disturbing story and its complicated protagonists. 

I don't want to spoil anything for you either, so I will choose my words carefully. But you can expect a murder investigation, an extraordinarily deep exploration of pain and grief, and complex family dynamics. 

The story's oppressive setting is perfectly rendered by the author, from the beautiful Victorian houses to the hot, muggy, stuffy little town of Wind Gap, Missouri in the summer. 

I have no doubt that Jean-Marc Vallée's TV adaptation of Sharp Objects for HBO will be brilliant - however I highly suggest you read the book first, as the nuances and the writing are too powerful to pass up. 

* This book was kindly sent to me by Penguin Random House for review.


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