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.

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