Book Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Hello, my name is Judith! Welcome to my blog, ReadandReview.

I first read Sharp Objects after reading Gone Girl, due to the hype the film adaptation generated. Gillian Flynn’s writing introduced me to a style of thriller I now seek out by other authors too such as Paula Hawkins, Peter James and of course, more Stephen King.

Sharp Objects is the shortest of Flynn’s three novels, but is by far my favourite. I’ve only owned a copy of Sharp Objects for a few years and yet I’ve already reread it around 4 or 5 times.*

*Rereading novels is incredibly rare for me.

Sharp Objects is about a journalist called Camille Preaker, who is tasked with returning to the town where she grew up to uncover the mystery behind the murder of two young girls. Camille has barely spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother in years, but on returning to the town, finds herself reliving the psychological scars of her past in order to uncover the truth about the girls’ murders.

Warning: Sharp Objects, as one may be able to discern from the title and some book covers, deals with sensitive issues such as self-harm, abuse, and emotionally manipulative behaviour. If these are issues that may distress you, this is probably not the book for you.

I thought the pacing was good; on the shorter side, at 321 pages long, it means time is used efficiently. Flynn doesn’t write unnecessarily lengthy scenes and what is included adds to the story – both Camille’s own journey of recovery as well as the murder mystery.

I love the build-up and climax of this book, and every discovery Camille made was thrilling to me – even when I reread the novel now, I still get excited when the crucial plot points are revealed.

Overall, I thoroughly liked the intriguing and disturbing story of Sharp Objects, the complex female characters and the topics the book draws attention to. If you liked Gone Girl, and want to be chilled by Flynn some more, I recommend Sharp Objects!

Star Rating: 5/5 Stars

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– Judith

This post was last updated in January 2020.

10 thoughts on “Book Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

  1. Great Review. I absolutely loved and enjoyed Gone Girl. And I’ve been dying to read more books by Gillian Flynn, and Sharp Objects looks and sound like my kind of books. I might give it a try and see if I like it or not. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  2. Thank you for this informative review. I might be the only person ever to not have read Gone Girl, but I did watch and thoroughly enjoy the movie. I’m actually intrigued by the inclusion of article extracts within the story. It sounds to me as if they help to shape Camille’s character in a unique way. Based on your review I am adding this book to my “to-read” list.

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  3. I get creeped out reading cutting scenes, I am not totally sure why, I not judging the person for doing it, but it makes me extremely uncomfortable so I tend to avoid books with this trope.

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  4. I have read Gone Girl and Grown Ups and her writing is incredible. People talk about how sick or disturbing Gone Girl is and that is why they don’t like it, but I think that is the whole essence of the book. I like the endings of her stories/novel because they leave you there like oh holy mother… Haha
    I have Dark Places and I think that is the one I will be reading next :3 but I will totally read this one!
    A heavy experience in reading is coming for me hahaha

    Thank you for sharing!!! (I reviewed Gone Girl if you wanna check it out :3)

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