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.