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Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn

This summer I couldn't wait to start reading. I had spent hours in the library pouring over Shakespeare, Greek Literature and existentialism and was ready to be lost in enjoyable holiday reads where no real analysis was required. I had just finished my uni exams and was left yearning to read fiction without the need to analyse sentence structure, words cloaked with hidden meanings and the positioning of punctuation.

My first novel of the summer was Sharp Objects by same the author who penned Gone Girl; a mystery novel which kept its readers guessing right until the very end. This novel has a very satisfying yet creepily eery ending and will leave you feeling alarmed and unsettled by the effects of familial oppressiveness. At times the novel led its reader down a disturbing path of suffocating maternal love and a feeling of utter despair only to be joined by dry humour and dark wit. The protagonist, Camille Parker, is a reporter who is sent back home by her boss to report on the abductions and killings of two young girls. Along the way she is reunited with her mother and finds herself delving into her past, unwillingly addressing the childhood she has so desperately tried to forget. I would definitely give this book a read if you like Gillian Flynn's writing style or just enjoy a murder mystery with a twist.


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