Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

2007 Thriller by Gillian Flynn

2007 Murder Mystery by Gillian Flynn

I chose to read this book after reading Gone Girl. I was so immersed in the first novel by Flynn that I figured it was her writing styles that kept me glued to my seat. In fact, this was far from the case.

Sharp Objects begins with a journalist, Camille, located in Chicago that is asked to take on an investigation in her home town, Wind Gap. This included the murder of a little girl and also another missing child report. Her boss, Curry, asked her to stay at home to save money and so that she won’t get lonely while talking about murders all day. However, Camille hasn’t had the best relations with her family previously so going home was enough of a challenge for her on top of reporting on these occurrences.  Clearly Curry nor Camille knew the position that she was being put into.

Camille moved away from home years ago to escape her childhood hometown. She never met her biological father and her mother remarried soon after. Camille’s mother and step-father had their own two children, who easily seemed to replace Camille and make her invisible.  One sister, Marian, died at a very young age due to illnesses which left Camille always thinking about her and missing her favorite sister. It never says in particular what this illness is but I was drawn to think this meant cancer. The other sister, now 13, never grew up with Camille and they didn’t even recognize each other when they ran into each other in the town.

Camille has been an avid cutter since high school. She continually got urges to carve words into her skin using any and all sharp objects she found around her house. After years of abusing her body, every inch of skin is covered besides the middle of her back and her face. She feels a thrill from cutting open her skin when she feels pain or anger in her life. The words resemble how she feels around her family and friends and all lead to her not being satisfied with her life. Currently, Camille has been clean of cutting for a few months after being in a rehab center for about a year.

As for the Wind Gap murders, Ann Nash, 9, was the first child to be murdered. She was found in a river bank with marks that she was strangled and also had all of her teeth ripped out. She was last seen biking around the town and was supposedly snatched from the street.  After a few days of Camille being in town, Natalie Keene, the 10-year-old missing child, was found by an older couple and Camille tucked between two buildings on the main street in town. She was also found strangled and missing all of her teeth which led the force to finalize that these cases of Ann and Natalie are connected.

The city thought that this must be the work of a man due to the violent acts and the logic that a woman could never rip the teeth out of a child.

Who will be accused of these murders? Will someone be punished? Visit my spoilers page to see how it ends and to discuss your thoughts.

Spolier- Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

2007 Murder Mystery by Gillian Flynn

2007 Murder Mystery by Gillian Flynn

*Note- This post continues the writing from the Book Summaries page. Please read for previous details.*

Camille was having a tough time trying to interview people around the town at first since no one wanted Wind Gap to have a bad reputation and to be known for murders. She spent a lot of time at local bars or just hanging out with friends from high school. These sources, without knowing, continually improved Camille’s research.

One source, a little boy Natalie’s age, swore that he saw a woman kidnap Natalie right out of the woods when she went missing. No one on the police force listened to this since he was so young and there was no proof.

The town mainly blamed Natalie’s older brother. They came from a different town recently and he didn’t know many people. Wind Gap all thought he was a trouble maker and tried to pin evidence on him.

Camille’s sister was a part of a bullying group of girls that continually liked to ruin people’s lives and bring others down. The girls always got drunk and high with the older crowd and the police force never turned an eye. One night out, Camille went out with her sister, who was only 13. They went to a party for high school aged kids and Camille ended up doing a lot of drugs supplied by Amma. The two finally began their bonding by being under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The night after, Camille and her sister woke up with scrapes and hangovers from their walk back the night before. Their mother stayed by their sides the following days tending to their needs under the impression that they each had food poisoning.

Camille finally noticed during the days of pills that it was the pills that made her continually sick. She went to the hospital where her sister Marian died and found in the files that a nurse suspected their mother was poisoning her the whole time. Camille then notified her friend on the police force who searched their house the following day. They found proof of about six different drugs in her that induced vomiting, caused dizziness and could knock out a horse.

While searching the house, the cops found the pliers that were used to yank out the two little girls’ teeth as well as DNA matches for each girl. Camille’s mother was taken away very soon after and put in prison.

Camille then continued back to her life in Chicago, but this time she had her sister Amma under her sleeve. Anna met a girl that she brought home a lot and soon became her best friend. A few days down the road, the new best friend was found murdered in an alley in Chicago with a few teeth missing, not all.

Camille checked right away and her mother was still locked up at home. As she arrived at her apartment in Chicago, Camille found the toy house that Amma always played with and noticed something peculiar about the master bedroom with ivory floors; the floor was completely made of teeth.

Therefore, Amma was the one that killed off these little girls one by one with her army of bullies. Camille’s mother still was charged with the murder of her child, Marian, and for drugging her children continually throughout their lives.

Not the ending I would expect, but it was a great way to end the book. What do you think?