Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn is the second book I’ve completed from my Blair Waldorf Book Challenge. I went into this one with pretty low expectations, given everything I’d heard from the Bookstagram community and book club friends about this particular book. Nearly everyone said that the Sharp Objects story was nowhere near as good as Flynn’s more popular Gone Girl book.
One Bookstagram friend went so far as to say this about Sharp Objects:
“Not my favorite. It’s a first novel, and it reads like a first novel…”
So that’s where I was coming from when I opened this one, but I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by Sharp Objects. True, it’s not nearly as compelling as Gone Girl, but it’s still captivating and worth the read, even if it’s a bit far fetched.
Sharp Objects follows news reporter Camille as she leaves Chicago to return to her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri. Her job is to report on a series of murders that have recently taken place there, and due to the low budget of her newspaper, Camille is forced to stay in her childhood home with her cold, disinterested, and, frankly, odd mother. Camille’s 13-year-old sister Amma lives in the house as well, and it isn’t long before Camille and Amma strike up a strange friendship.
Amma is a Blair Wadorfian character in that she is young, beautiful and bored with too much time and too much money at her disposal. She’s not exactly believable as a character, but she brings an intriguing darkness and mystique to the story, and she fills the role Flynn needed her to fill.
Before long, Camille realizes that in order to write about the murders she’s supposed to be covering, she’ll have to deal with some familial issues of her own. The question is, can Camille solve own problems in time to break the story and keep others from getting hurt?
The story is part coming-of-age, part murder mystery, part Stepford Wives, and I found myself enjoying it much more than I expected to. Believable? Eh, maybe not. Worth reading? I would definitely say so.
If you’re interested in reading more books like this, check out my Gossip Girl reading challenge here.