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“This book is just too darn good to be a first novel. Gillian Flynn’s haunting Sharp Objects is outstanding on so many levels it makes your head spin and your mouth water for more.
On the one hand it’s a thriller with a grisly, ghoulish double murder at its core. How grisly? Well, two little girls have vanished in the space of a year. When their bodies are found, all of their teeth have been yanked out. On the other hand, this novel is decidedly Southern Gothic—like Faulkner on hallucinogenic drugs. Our heroine, Camille Preaker, is a damaged woman sent back to her old hometown by her Chicago newspaper to cover the murders. That’s not such a good idea, because Camille has an ugly past with her creepy family, which includes her promiscuous, 13-going-on-30 half-sister Amma who is like a hybrid of Lolita and Hitler. Camille herself has a body marked by scars in the form of words from the years she spent as a ‘cutter’ carving her body up with sharp objects. But an even sharper object is her mother Adora. A mother who says things like, ‘I never loved you’ to her daughter.
I don’t want to say anymore because I don’t want to give away any of this novel’s dark secrets. But, if you love your suspense a little out of the ordinary you’ll devour this brilliant literary debut.”—Michael Phillips, Staff Writer
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