Friday, August 26, 2016

Sharp Objects...

I think that the surest sign you've enjoyed a book is whether you talk about it afterwards. If it is still on your mind...and in this case, disturbing the hell out of you...surely it has to be a 5 star book. I have felt this way about a couple of reads recently, but the latest was such a disturbing mind f**k (I tried for ages to find a different word to use, but alas...I failed) that I'm having trouble figuring out exactly how to describe it!
The book that has me all distressed is Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. I originally gave it 4 stars but went back and changed it after discussing the book with anyone who would listen to me during my work picnic today. If it has me harassing strangers, it should be 5 stars.

If you haven't read this book, let me warn you...the content is incredibly disturbing. So if you would prefer your fiction not be filled with sex and violence, pass this one up. I will try to keep the shadier details to a minimum in this review, but know that the book is filled to the brim with them. It is a short read at only 254 pages, but Flynn packs a lot into those pages.
Camille Preaker is the Chicago reporter sent back home to Wind Gap, Missouri to cover the story of two young girls who have been murdered. She hasn't been back in years and isn't very happy about the assignment. You see, she is a cutter fresh out of rehab with a bit of an alcohol problem. And there is no good way to describe the relationship she has with her mother, Adora. Not to mention the half sister she doesn't recognize when she comes across her...twice. But Camille desperately wants to get the story.

I am trying so hard to keep spoilers to a minimum, but I'll apologize in advance if I ruin any major plot points for you!!

Camille is a very flawed and disturbed woman who has covered her entire body in carved words. This fact is relied on heavily to relay her emotions and mental state throughout the book. The words describing how she feels tend to throb..."nasty on her kneecap, whore on her ankle" etc. The shame and disgust she carries around is almost insurmountable. When you meet her mother, you can see how she got where she is today. In trying to get the scoop on the recent murders in her hometown, she descends farther and farther into the dirty black mess she thought she'd left behind.

The mental illness described throughout the story felt very real to me. You can see how bad beget bad...and how past ills can show up in your future. There is no happy ending really. The familial drama is an amped up Prince of Tides...or what Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood could've been if written by Stephen King. I have always enjoyed dysfunctional family books, but this takes it to a whole other level.

Perhaps I should've just written disturbed me for the review! Just a photo of the book cover and those two words. DISTURBED. ME.

The discussion fodder is large with this one.

Needless to say, I definitely recommend the book. I would LOVE to hear what everyone else thinks. I figure this has to be one of those books that you either love or hate. I wanted to shake characters by the shoulders and scream "WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?!?" so I'm dying to know if any of you felt the same way. Please leave a comment either here or on my Facebook page because I really need to know if I'm the only one who felt this way about the book. :)

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