Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Caution: discussion of graphic content. Beware of small spoilers ahead.
After all the Gone Girl hype (obviously I read the book before I watched the movie) I learned the author had two other novels out that I decided I needed to read. I read Dark Places next, and oddly enough that was the next one to be made into a movie. I then read Flynn’s debut novel, Sharp Objects. It was by far my favorite of the three. Not long after getting all my friends to read it as well, we learned that it was going to be made into a mini series. So to say that I’ve been waiting for the premiere for years is no understatement.
Thoughts on Episodes 1-3: I hosted a group reread (or for some it was their first time) of Sharp Objects on Instagram in June, just in time to prepare for the July premiere. I’m so glad I made time for the reread, because there were plenty of details that I had forgotten. While, I think the first episode started off a little slow, I loved that it has stuck so close to the book. Of course I picked up on some added dialogue and small scenes, but I think that’s to be expected. I haven’t noticed anything major that’s been left out so far. I was surprised to find they even worked in the masturbation scene. I was mostly concerned that they might downplay Camille’s cutting, which would have completely taken away from the story.
In episode three, we get a look into Camille’s time at a psych hospital. I loved the way it was woven into the whole episode as flashbacks. It made me feel even more connected to Alice than I did in the book, and naturally left me even more heartbroken at the end of the episode.
I think the cast is phenomenal, especially the actress that plays Adora, and of course I love Amy Adams. At first I wasn’t so sure about the actress that was cast for Amma, but she won me over in episode three. I’m not usually a fan of move-tie-in covers, but this one was just too good. I had to have it.
Of course I think everyone should read the book first since it’s one of my absolute favorites, but I think the show will still be enjoyable to those that haven’t. For more information on the book, keep reading.
Gooreads Synopsis: WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart.
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.
NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg.
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.
HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle.
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims–a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.
With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.
Mini Review: The first time I read Sharp Objects, I had actually borrowed the book from a former boss. As I got into the story I started to feel uncomfortable knowing she was reading this graphic and dark book, because she just doesn’t seem the type. It didn’t take long to get lost in the plot and forget all about where I got the book from. Camille’s family is one of the most disturbing families that I’ve ever read about. I love my psychological thrillers to be as dark and twisty as possible so I was instantly obsessed. Just when you think you have it all figured out, Flynn throws an even more disturbing twist at you. The ending blew my mind the first time I read it. Now I’m just over here, impatiently awaiting the release of her next book…
Publisher: Broadway Books
Original Publication Date: September 26, 2006
Page Count: 393
Overall Rating: 5/5