Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

How I Read It: Audiobook/ Ebook

Dates Read: 1/18/21

How I Found It: Gillian Flynn Collection

Before I get into this book, I need to give you A LOT of trigger warnings. This book includes many instances of self-harm and mutilation, including the idealization of it. This book also mentions rape and sexual assault, especially towards minors. There are instances of self-medicating through alcohol and other substance abuse. There are descriptions of mutilating dead bodies. And, Spoiler Alert, there is an example of Mucheson-by-proxy.

Camille Preaker is working as a reporter for a small newspaper in Chicago when there is the possibility of a serial killer in her hometown in Missouri. She returns home to cover the story, but soon realizes that there is not much of an investigation or leads. As she tries to get to the bottom of the crime herself, she has her own memories to contend with, causing us to see how the past and present intermingle.

Out of the 3 books that are in this collection, I think that this was the quickest and sickest read. And while I didn’t necessarily enjoy this book, I also was unable to put it down. There were enough moments that made my skin crawl that it felt a lot like a car accident that you couldn’t look away from. And while I am sure that was the given intention, it did make it hard for me to appreciate anything in the book when I was that uncomfortable. Since I feel like I need to give a rating, I am going to go with 3 out of 5.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

How I Read It: Audiobook/Ebook

Dates Read: 1/14/21-1/17/21

How I Found It: Gillian Flynn Collection

Hey friends, I want to start this with some trigger warnings. This book does discuss pedophillic situations, including thoughts of sexual perversion (also things I never thought I would say). This book does include descriptions of gore, both against humans and animals. There are characters that are “Devil worshippers” and part of their worship is sacrificing animals. If any of these things are triggers for you, please read at your own discretion.

Libby is the sole survivor of her brother’s annihilation of her family. Her testimony was the main point that put her brother away for life. Now 25 years later, she is struggling for money. When Lyle, the treasurer of the Kill Club- a group of ameteur sleuths who hunt serial killers- offers to pay for her attending a meeting, she agrees. But that meeting soon changes everything she thought she knew about the case. Now she begins her own investigation, funded by members of the Kill Club, into her family’s murders, which quickly takes her down paths she didn’t ever know existed.

Unlike Gone Girl, this one did not capture my attention right away. I was probably 3 or so hours into this book (which roughly equals 100 pages) before I got into this story. Even then, there were moments that left me disgusted enough that I needed to take a step away from the book for an hour or two. Also unlike Gone Girl, this book did not “thrill” me, meaning that my heart never started pumping nor did I feel like something crazy was going to happen if I turned the page. I would probably give this book middle of the road 3 out of 5 stars.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!