What got me first was the name Gillian Flynn. Famous for the incredible thriller Gone Girl (I mean who hasn’t seen at least the movie version of that), the author’s credentials speak for itself. Never in my mind has there been any doubt of a book being far superior to it's movie adaptation, but in this case I look forward to seeing if I will be proven wrong.
Circle back to the present day, I was a bit in the dark when I received the paperback and realized that Sharp Objects is already a HBO series in production, starring no other than Amy Adams (one of my favourite actresses). In my opinion Amy Adams has yet to pick a plot line for her movies that fails to impress. So, my hopes for both the book and the HBO adaptation remain elevated.
The novel centres around a reporter, Camille Parker, who returns to her hometown to cover the murder of two pre-teen girls. Be ready to go to a dark place. While trying to uncover the story, Camille finds herself being tormented not only by her past, but also the current relationship she has with her family and the town. She hasn't been back in years, hoping to leave that part of herself (and her past) behind.
But as circumstances may have it, she's thrust back into the locale that traumatized her, along with having to face the demons she buried deep inside.
The story she's covering is no icing on the cake: it's gruesome and mysterious. Don't expect to indulge in peaches and cream while reading this. The journey of getting to the bottom of the story, is somewhat cathartic for Camille. You can never get rid of your demons if you don't confront them, and it's just what she has to do....including her relationship with her overbearing mother, Adora.Gillian Flynn's writing is impressive. Although the book is a quick read, it goes deep in engaging the reader. As horrific as it is, there is also a cleansing element. It's a book of self reflection; an analysis of the choices one has made. It's making peace with one's past and relationships, especially coming to terms with disapproval from an autocratic mother. Now who can't relate to that?
But add to that a gruesome murder of young girls, and this is one murder mystery that will have you gritting your teeth.
Blog Post by Shilpa Raikar, who believes in the power of storytelling to connect readers, and strives for diversity and inclusivity.