Book – Gillian Flynn is becoming a household name, due to the success of the recent film adaptation of her suspense novel, Gone Girl. But before Gone Girl took over the big screen, Gillian debuted her first novel, Sharp Objects.
Sharp Objects is a phenomenally demented mystery. It centers on reporter Camille Preaker, a woman still struggling with her past and a tormented inner self. When an assignment sends Camille back to her childhood home to cover the murder of two young girls, she is forced to confront everything she tried to leave behind. Back in her childhood home, things are not as they appear and Camille soon discovers that there is far more at stake than simply uncovering the truth behind the murders.
I strongly believe the power of Gillian Flynn’s writing comes from her leading ladies. In each of her novels: Gone Girl, Dark Places, and Sharp Objects, it is the strong female lead that first pulls you into her dark world. There is something sinister about all of these women and the pasts that burden them. In Sharp Objects specifically, it is the relationships between the women that I found most compelling, and again, sinister.
Dark and emotional, I couldn’t put this book down. I discovered Gillian Flynn awhile ago, when I was going through an intense murder-mystery phase. As a reader who generally favors fantasy and romance–more lighthearted tales–Sharp Objects was a gulp of fresh air into this wonderful genre, and I encourage booklovers of all genres to give it a shot.
Also, as a side note to all the Gillian Flynn fans, get psyched, because both Dark Places and Sharp Objects are scheduled to hit the screen! The film adaptation of Dark Places recently finished shooting and is set to be release in August of 2015. The cast looks wonderful, starring Charlize Theron; from first glance, it seems that this film will not disappoint. Meanwhile, Sharp Objects will be produced as a television series by Entertainment One, though there is still limited information regarding the specifics of the project. Just knowing that there are TWO more Gillian Flynn projects coming out…there’s a lot to be excited about!