Book Review – Sharp Objects

7 Aug


by Max

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

In my last trip to Londrina, my hometown, I finished reading the most difficult book I have ever read in English: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. It was the most difficult because there were a lot words, really a bunch of them, that I have never even seen before. Even with a load of new words I could understand the whole story without any problems. Actually, it was a bit difficult at the beginning. But after some chapters I got the book’s flow and each chapter became easier than the one before. The amount of different words was the same, but it was getting easier to keep reading the book and the story was making me curious to find out the ending.
The story is about a girl, actually a woman, that was around 30 years old. Her name is Camille Preaker and she leaves in Chicago, USA. She is criminal newspaper journalist and she works in a small newspaper company. At some point in time there are some serial murders occurring in her hometown, Wind Gap, and she travels there to write an article about what is happening there.
During the whole book she investigates a load of people, trying to find out who is the murderer and why he/she is doing such horrible things. Also, during the time in her hometown the story describes how the relationship with her mother (Adora) is not good and tells how her sister died young and how her mother was always taking care of her during illnesses. In the mean time, the book also describes how her other half-sister Amma, 13 years old, is popular there and the different personality she has.

In case you would like to read this book, I suggest you stop reading from on, because I am going to tell the story’s ending.

Camille finds out her mother was responsible for her sister’s death. Actually, her mother tried to do the same with her and was also trying to do the same with Amma. She had a serious psychological problem that she only felt loved useful when a child was sick. The feeling a child has when it’s sick, to need being cared for made her feel like she could do anything. She would even give force medications to get her children sick and worst everyday. The need for this weird feeling was so strong that she could not stop giving those medications to her children until their death.

Her mother was not the serial killer, though, that was her sister. Because of her mother’s mental condition, her sister also developed a serious psychological problem. She had the need to be the center of attentions. If someone was important to her, like her mother, was taking care of someone else or paying more attention someone else other than her, she would anything to get the focus back to her. She would even be willing to kill that person. And that is what happened to those poor girls: they had more attention at some point in time and her solution was killing them.

When the murders were solved, both her mother and sister were arrested and Camille had to write about it. What makes it even worst is that she had to write about her own family murder stories…

One Response to “Book Review – Sharp Objects”

  1. Alysha Kaye August 7, 2015 at 6:45 pm #

    Sounds like a creepy but fun read!

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on my debut novel, THE WAITING ROOM 🙂 Hope you check it out!

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