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Sharp Objects – I’m Officially Obsessed With Gillian Flynn’s Portrayal of Violence Among Women

I’ll admit it, I think I’m a little obsessed with Gillian Flynn! I have now read every single one of her novels. And her dark and descriptive writing style has really grown on me, I find her imagination and her story telling, gripping. I just can’t imagine how dark and twisted her mind must be to conjure up such stories. Stories that horrify me but keep me up late at night, turning the pages!

So the last book I needed to read, aside from her short story, The Grownup, which I’ve read too, was Sharp Objects, it did not disappoint. 

sharp-objectsWICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.
HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.
With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.

I will admit, I was not a huge fan of the first Gillian Flynn book I read, Gone Girl, I hated the ending but after reading Dark Places and now Sharp Objects, I have developed a profound appreciation for how Gillian can weave her stories and with a twist that never comes as a massive blow, but rather, slowly and carefully reveals itself through subtle hints from the very beginning of her stories. The plot reveal is never a sharp shock, it’s always a slowly unfurled mystery, like waking up slowly after a bad dream and realizing the depths of the twisted evil. 

She also has an uncanny ability, through her writing, to never quite end a story. No pretty, rounded off edges and tied up loose ends, rather, you’re left dangling by a thread and wondering what really  happened to the characters after her story ended. This was definitley the case in Gone Girl, an ending I couldn’t quite appreciate when I first read it, because I didn’t full grasp the type of author Gillian was, but that I can now fully appreciate having read ALL of her books. 

Sharp Objects is as twisted and dark as all of Gillian’s other works but at times, I found the narrator and lead character of this book, Camille, so twisted that I sometimes got lost in her narrative. 

I stumbled across this comment by Gillian about Sharp Objects that really resonated and explained so much about how Sharp Objects came to be:

Female violence is a specific brand of ferocity. It’s invasive. A girlfight is all teeth and hair, spit and nails — a much more fearsome thing to watch than two dudes clobbering each other. And the mental violence is positively gory. Women entwine. Some of the most disturbing, sick relationships I’ve witnessed are between long-time friends, and especially mothers and daughters. Innuendo, backspin, false encouragement, punishing withdrawal, sexual jealousy, garden-variety jealousy — watching women go to work on each other is a horrific bit of pageantry that can stretch on for years.

Libraries are filled with stories on generations of brutal men, trapped in a cycle of aggression. I wanted to write about the violence of women.

More here: http://gillian-flynn.com/for-readers/

Read it, if you dare….. it will twist your gut and blow your mind!

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Now I’m off to stalk Gillian online to find out when I can get my next fix…. when is her next book due?

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9 Comments

  • Reply Jodie

    Will give it a try! Thanks for the review 🙂

    October 5, 2016 at 8:10 am
    • Reply Sharon

      It’s really good. Dark Places was better for me, but this is still a fantastic read.

      October 5, 2016 at 10:34 am
    • Reply Sharon

      That’s my fav Flynn book, let me know how you found it!

      October 5, 2016 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Kim Muller

    Loved it! It was the second book I read after Gone Girl (which I also enjoyed). I’m currently busy reading Dark Places and I’m also such a Gillian Flynn fan now 🙂

    October 5, 2016 at 12:27 pm
  • Reply catjuggles

    It is really just such a good book

    October 6, 2016 at 11:11 am
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