Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. I’ve wanted to join this meme for a long time and I thought it would be a great idea because it forces me to read books from the TBR and not only new releases. And, of course, I can also include some old favorites!
When two girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town to report on the crimes. Long-haunted by a childhood tragedy and estranged from her mother for years, Camille suddenly finds herself installed once again in her family’s mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and the half-sister she barely knows – a precocious 13-year-old who holds a disquieting grip on the town. As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims – a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.
I still consider Gillian Flynn one of my favorite authors, even though she hasn’t written a full-length novel since 2014. I love her three books A LOT, but her first one is my absolute favorite: Sharp Objects. I read this book after reading Gone Girl and Dark Places and found it her creepiest one yet. And how I love that feeling…
This is the story of a journalist who moves back home to Missouri and starts investigating the sudden murder of two young girls. Camille is also haunted by her relationship with her mother and the death of her sister many years ago… Oh, and she cuts herself (hence, the title).
To say that this book is dark is an understatement. It’s deeply disturbing and it covers certain topics that I knew nothing about. In addition, the mystery itself was fascinating and the family dynamics were so creepy I had to choose a happy story after finishing this one. Disturbing alert. The ending gave me the creeps and I promise you I still remember that last sentence.