Sharp Objects is Gillian Flynn's 2006 debut novel. It follows the story of Camille Preaker who has recently be released from treatment in a mental facility. A friend and editor, Frank Curry, gives her a job as a reporter at Chicago's fourth largest paper, Daily Post. Like all papers, Daily Post, is in a fight to the death for subscribers. When a young girl is murdered in Camille's home town of Wind Gap, Missouri, in the previous August and then a second goes missing, Curry sees a chance for an old-time scoop.
He sends Camille home. Her mother still lives in a kind of grandeur afforded to her as owner of the local hog slaughtering plant. There is a 13 year-old-half sister and the ghost of Marian, the sister who died. All kinds of small town resentments, feuds and mysteries inhabit Sharp Objects. The missing girl is found murdered and although the secrets and shadows from the past haunt her, Camille stays to unravel her personal tragedy and the tragedy of the murders. Their intricate intertwining makes this a thriller to enjoy.
Gillian Flynn is better known as the author of Gone Girl. Sharp Objects is more interesting and a more nuanced book.
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