Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

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Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn




Chris High reviews Gillian Flynn's book: Sharp Objects


Gillian Flynn

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
ISBN: 0-297-85152-7
January 10th, 2007

Front cover of the book by Gillian Flynn: Sharp Objects

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Entertainment Weekly chief TV Critic, Gillian Flynn, has set herself a bit of a problem with her debut novel, Sharp Objects: how on earth is she ever going to top this? With writing heavyweights Stephen King and Harlan Coben already waxing lyrical from the covers, it is easy to feel that over-hype might be playing a part with the first attempts of “the next big thing”, but whatever these two giants of fiction might be saying about the book, it isn’t praise enough. It may only be January, but we may already have the Book Of The Year in our hands here.


When two girls, aged nine and ten are abducted and killed in Wind Gap, Missouri, Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town to report on the crimes for her third-rate newspaper. Camille, self-described “white trash from old money”, is the daughter of one of the richest families in town. Long-haunted by a childhood tragedy and estranged from her mother for years, Camille suddenly finds herself installed once again in her family's Victorian mansion. There, she must reacquaint 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 and surrounds herself with a group of vampish teenage girls.

As Camille struggles to remain detached from the evidence, her relationship with her neurotic, hypochondriac mother threatens to topple her hard-won mental stability. Working alongside the police chief and a special agent from out of town, Camille tries to uncover the mystery of who killed these little girls and why. But there are deeper psychological puzzles: Why does Camille identify so strongly with the dead girls? And how is this connected to the death of another sister years earlier?

This is a class act and no mistake. Dark, intensely sinister and completely unputdownable, Sharp Objects is a compelling insight into the minds of not one, but of several troubled characters that remains fascinating from first page to last and leaves the reader both moved and exhausted.

Gillain Flynn: author of Sharp ObjectsThe way Flynn has managed to imbue a sense of atmosphere into even the most mundane of objects and surroundings, without ever being overly graphic, is almost beyond belief, whereas her grip on dialogue is that of a boa constrictor in the way it squeezes the maximum amount of intensity from the minimum of words.

Sharp Objects is going to be a novel that is hard to beat and its author, Gillian Flynn, is soon going to be a name to rank alongside Cornwell, Reichs and Hayder in the way her debut is set to take the crime world by storm and shake it for all of its worth.

BBC Five Live LogoThursday 11th January 2006
BBC Five Live Book of the Month with Simon Mayo.

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“Chris is not only a great writer, but a sharp reader I absolutely trust. His website reminds me how many stunning books are out there, and that's a very good thing.”
Gillian Flynn - February 2007

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