Sharp Objects - Book Review

Book club picked this book, based on popular vote.  I didn't vote for this book, I wanted a different book, but majority rule and this was the book for the month of July.  After reading this book, I'm kind of glad they voted for it.  Its a small book, 254 pages, of twists and turns that make you think.   


Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, 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 in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

3.5 Stars

Camille left the small town of Wind Gap as soon as she could.  She left her mom, step-dad, and half sister back in the town and never looked back.  It was to much to remember and to much to deal with.  Living in Chicago, as a reporter, she keeps a low profile.  Better that way. Then there is a murder in her home town, her editor sends her home to get the scoop.  While there she gets the scoop and then some.   She gets to know her half-sister, Amma better or worse.  There are people from her past, high school friends, and new people she gets to meet, but in the end they are all still from a small town called, Wind Gap.  

When the local police can't figure out the MO for the murder a KC detective is brought in to help out.  Him and Camille play cat and  mouse.  She is learning the game, he is a master.  But who would want to hurt these little girls?  So sweet and innocent.  Just babies, who need their mother's love. 

All is not right with Wind Gap, everyone has their secrets, even Camille who thought she could out run hers.  A dam breaks eventually and everything floods back to the surface, dead or alive.

I read this book for book club, I normally wouldn't have picked it up.  But I'm glad the book club picked this, its outside of my comfort zone.  With that being said, it was a little Anticlimatic, I wanted an epic explosion and things to get blown out of the water, but instead I got a trickle.  The ending was weaker than I expected.