Sharp Objects, a Tale of Horror and Pain

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After reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, which I truly loved, I wanted to read more from this author. so I’ve bought and just finished reading Sharp Objects, her debut novel.

In Sharp Objects we follow Camille Preaker, a reporter for a small Newspaper, going back to her hometown, because of the murders of one little girl and the disappearance of another. As normal, the plot then thickens and we have our own protagonist surrounded by evil.

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Everything about the book is intriguing. I found myself totally absorbed in the perverted town and the portrait of the characters, while being scared shit of the adolescents of the book.

While in Gone Girl, I had no idea whatsoever of the plot twist and was completely taken by surprise ( I tried really hard and managed to succeed in not hearing anything about the book or movie), on Sharp Objects, I figured it out since the early stages that the killer had to be one or the other. It didn’t affect in any way the thrilling experience that is reading this book.

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Gillian Flynn manages to write about a character that is painfully broken in any way possible but still so strong that lived and survived her nightmarish childhood. To escape, Camille turns her body into a living narrative of the words that haunt her daily. For me, this was really well explained throughoutthe book. I could feel that need to write on her coming at certain parts of the story, slowly whispering in the narrative.

Camille’s beauty is contrasted perfectly with her imperfect body, carved by her dark pain.

“Every time people said I was pretty, I thought of everything ugly swarming beneath my clothes.”

I’m not sure what the author has against women in general, since this book and Gone Girl targeted psychotic and twisted women, but please keep on coming.

I’m going to buy Dark Places, but first I need to breathe for a while. Sharp Objects was complex, terrifying and totally absorbing. I need to stand back, read Maeve Binchy for a while, which I love….and doesn’t portrait scary dark characters.

“Sometimes I think illness sits inside every woman, waiting for the right moment to bloom. I have known so many sick women all my life. Women with chronic pain, with ever-gestating diseases. Women with conditions. Men, sure, they have bone snaps, they have backaches, they have a surgery or two, yank out a tonsil, insert a shiny plastic hip. Women get consumed.”




The Girl on the Train

I’ve finished the book “Girl on the train” and my advise after reading this book is:

Don’t buy a house near the train tracks. People are extremely noisy.

That being said, I have to say that I enjoyed the book. I wasn’t excepting it. Usually I don’t like Bestsellers books, as you can imagine after reading my post about “50 Shades of Gray”.

But since the main marketing for his book was that it was similar to “Gone Girl”, I had to read it. I absolutely loved “Gone Girl”. It was extremely unexpected, also because it was a bestseller.

Actually, I can’t say that I find many similarities with “Gone Girl”, without the obvious one that there is also a girl missing and the husband is treated mildly as a suspect.

I liked it, but it wasn’t that groundbreaking. I didn’t guess who the killer was until almost the end, so I don’t agree that it was all that predictable as I’ve read somewhere.

I barely empathized with Rachel, the main character. She sounded so childish for her age, that I had a hard time remembering that she was over 30.

Cathy, her roommate, must be the best person in the whole world to put up with that. I didn’t find this realistic as well. And since her character was never explored, I didn’t understand why she would be so nice to someone who leaves vomit on the doorway and just goes to sleep. SEVERAL TIMES!

Megan was written in a more relatable way. Since we were presented with her background story, we were able to understand a little bit more about what makes her act this way. But not much and not enough.

Her husband Scott is a mystery as well. He is aggressive and in some parts it looks like he is psychic (the scene with Rachel is just weird). But nothing else is given to the readers.

Tom and Anna are just plain annoying. Really, what do you excepted Anna?!

I enjoyed the book, but it’s nothing special really. I wouldn’t read it again. But it’s a nice plot and the little surprises that we have throughout our reading are good. The problem for me is the development of the characters. All of the them seem so immature and acted so stupid, for no good reason. I don’t mind that they are good or bad, but I need to understand them. And I couldn’t, because there was little explained for me to be able to.

Have you read it? What did you think?

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